New Jersey Speech Language Therapy
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What is Speech Language Therapy?
New Jersey speech language therapy offers assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are often referred to as speech and language therapists.
Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. New Jersey licensed speech language therapists treat articulation therapy, expressive and receptive language intervention activities, and feeding therapy.
Speech therapy is needed for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults. Some speech pathologies are due to injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury.
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What Causes Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs)?
Speech sound disorders are most common when children learn speech sounds and cannot produce the correct speech production sounds on their own. Most of the time, we do not know what causes speech sound disorders. Speech production is simply something we take for granted. However, most of the children we work with cannot master certain sounds independently, so they need a boost in correctly enunciating these sounds by speech language therapists.
Possible speech sound disorders that affect children include:
- Autism and other developmental disorders;
- Genetic syndromes, such as Down syndrome;
- Hearing loss (from ear infections or other causes); and,
- Brain damage caused by injuries or conditions like cerebral palsy.
What are the Most Common Speech Sound Disorders and Treatments?
Articulation Disorder – This affects children’s speech at the phonetic and motoric levels, which means they have trouble saying individual speech sounds, e.g., consonants and vowels. For example, when a child cannot produce the /l/ sound, when he or she should be able to produce it based on the chronological and linguistic ages, and does not show a systematic error pattern (see below for phonological disorder), one can then assume that it is an articulation disorder.
Phonological Disorder – This disorder occurs at the phonemic/linguistic/cognitive levels (a level higher than the phonetic/motoric aspects of speech production). Children with a phonological disorder show systematic patterns with their speech production errors, e.g. consistently delete /m/ in initial sounds, by saying “at” for “mat” or “ad” for “mad” for CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, when the age error is unexpected for the child’s chronological and linguistic ages.
Other symptoms of a speech disorder are dysarthria and apraxia, which are significantly more uncommon speech sound disorders than articulation and phonological disorders.
Despite being uncommon in children, many speech pathologists misdiagnose children’s speech production errors due to the lack of understanding between phonology, morphology/syntax, and speech production skills. Many speech pathologists focus only on the motoric aspects of speech production. This divide in the field of speech-language pathology is because there is variability in training at the Masters and Post-Masters Degree levels. Likewise, there is growing pressure placed on pediatric speech therapy, particularly private speech and language therapists near me, to use commercialized products that are not backed up by research. Many parents ask for these commercialized programs because they have been told to do so.
What Happens During Speech Therapy in Your NJ Home?
Private speech and language therapy usually begins with an assessment by an SLP who will identify the type of communication disorder and the best way to evaluate and treat it.
Speech Language Pathologist for children
For your child, speech therapy may be in a classroom, small group, or one-on-one, depending on the speech disorder. In addition, Speech therapy exercises and activities vary depending on your child’s condition, age, and needs. During speech therapy for kids, the SLP:
- Interacts through talking and playing, and using books, pictures other objects as part of language intervention to help stimulate language development
- Model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play to teach the child how to make certain sounds.
- Provide strategies and homework for the child and parent or caregiver for how to do speech therapy at home
Speech Therapy for Adults
Speech therapy exercises at home for adults also begin with assessments to determine your needs and the best treatment. Speech therapy exercises for adults can help you with speech, language, and cognitive communication.
Practices may involve:
- Problem solving, memory, and organization, and other activities geared at improving cognitive communication
- Conversational tactics to strengthen social communication
- Breathing workout for resonance
- Exercises to strengthen oral muscles
There are many resources available if you’re looking to try speech therapy exercises at home, including:
- Speech therapy apps
- Language development games and toys, such as flip cards and flashcards workbooks
For swallowing disorders, therapy may also include retraining of swallowing function due to an injury or medical condition.
How Do You Deal With Expressive Language Disorder?
Once a diagnosis is made, the SLP will conduct further analysis and observations before creating an individualized program. However, it is important to remember that therapy will not offer a permanent “cure” for the disorder. Instead, SLPs can equip children with strategies and techniques to help them manage their condition.
Therapy methods can vary, depending on the therapist and the child’s needs. Modeling target behavior is one technique where the speech language therapist models and reinforces aspects of speech that need to be targeted, such as sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical structure.
Some areas that SLP therapy includes:
- Enhancing phonological awareness
- Improving understanding and depth of vocabulary
- Understanding figurative language and ambiguities (words with multiple meanings, ambiguous sentence structures)
- Paraphrasing information and comprehension
- Using more advanced morphology (prefixes, suffixes)
- Formulating more complex sentence structures
- Judging and correcting grammar and morphological errors.
- Using language to convey politeness, persuasion, and clarification
- Increasing knowledge and skills on a discourse level
- Making contributions to discussions and repairing conversational breakdowns
- Learning what and what not to say and when and when not to talk
- Narrative intervention
- Looking at expository discourse across the grade levels
Last But Not The Least
Speech therapy service can treat a broad range of speech and language delays and disorders in children and adults. With the proper intervention, New Jersey speech language therapy can improve communication and boost self-confidence.
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M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, QOM
Rachel C. is a New York and New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.S in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology and is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Rachel holds a Certificate for Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) from the New York State Department of Education and is a Qualified Orofacial Myologist (QOM). In addition, Rachel is PROMPT trained and certified in Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD). She recently attended the Talk Tools Feeding First 2021 Conference and has completed Diane Bahr’s course in Treatment for Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Functions in Pediatrics.
Rachel’s background covers a wide range of experience working with various levels of disabilities in the pediatric, young adult, and adult populations. She has extensive experience in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (pre-feeding skills, sensory-based feeding/picky eaters, and general dysphagia), Oral Motor Therapy, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Apraxia, Fluency, Aphasia, and Receptive/Expressive Language Delays. Rachel has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private schools for students with traumatic brain injuries/brain-based disorders, inpatient acute care hospitals, neonatal intensive care units (NICU), and outpatient clinical settings. Rachel provides training and consultations to parents and caregivers on feeding, communication, and AAC strategies to help skills carry over into her clients’ everyday lives.
Rachel believes in the benefits of a dynamic assessment and treatment approach that incorporates family values and evidence-based practice. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and their families for a team-based approach to success. She is a strong believer that everyone deserves a voice and strives to create a positive and fun therapy atmosphere. In her free time, Rachel loves exercising on the Peloton, traveling, and exploring new restaurants in the NJ and NY area!
Rachel has experience working with nonverbal students, late talkers, and students with pre and emergent literacy skills in expressing their everyday wants and needs. Rachel works closely with parents/caretakers on creating a rich communication environment and robust support system in the home to help expand her client’s overall expressive and core vocabulary repertoire. She also has experience with phonological awareness, pragmatic/social communication, and reading comprehension skills.
LOCATION: New Jersey (Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Edgewater- Hudson County), Teletherapy (REMOTE), Manhattan, NY
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation, caregiver and teacher training/coaching
EXPERTISE: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Orofacial Myology, Expressive and Receptive Language Delays
AGES: Birth to Adult
As a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, Michelle has a variety of clinical experiences helping children, adolescents, and young adults. Michelle received her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware in cognitive science with a concentration in speech-language pathology, and her graduate degree is in speech and language pathology from Hunter College. She is level one PROMPT-trained. Additionally, Michelle is completing her final year in New York Law School’s part-time evening program to obtain her Juris Doctor degree. She intends to participate in the field of special education law alongside her work as a speech-language pathologist.
Her professional experiences include working at a preschool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, working at a variety of sensory gyms in Manhattan with children ages 2-9, leading social groups to facilitate pragmatic language skill development, and providing home and clinic-based early intervention sessions. For the past two years, Michelle has worked with several young adults diagnosed with Autism in a clinical setting providing transitional services, with a focus on job-related skills, and language skills within activities of daily living to foster these students ability to participate in society independently.
Michelle has worked with children, including those under three years of age, on the autism spectrum, children with auditory processing delays, pragmatic language delays, attention deficit disorder, literacy delays, delayed executive functioning skills, and general receptive/expressive language delays. Michelle has experience facilitating writing skills (organizational skills, proofreading skills, idea expansion), and reading comprehension skills (vocabulary, inferencing, sequencing). Michelle has also provided home-based speech therapy for several adolescents focusing primarily on reading comprehension skills, and organizational skills in writing.
LOCATION: BERGEN COUNTY (Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lodi, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Moonachie, New Milford, North Arlington, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, Rockleigh, Rutherford, Saddle River, Tenafly, Teterboro, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wallington, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Wood-Ridge,Hillsdale, Wood Cliff LakeHudson
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech and language evaluations and therapy
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, articulation/phonology disorders, pre-literacy and literacy skills, receptive/expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorder, narratives skills, and social-pragmatic weaknesses.
AGES: Infant through 21 years
University in Speech-Language Pathology and M.S. in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology and is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Torrie holds her NY Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and New Jersey Standard Speech Language Specialist Certification.
Torrie has worked in a variety of clinical settings including schools, private practice and Early Intervention. She has experience providing Speech Language Therapy with the birth-3 population providing Early Intervention in a child’s home, preschool aged students in schools and in their homes/daycare centers, and elementary and middle school aged children in public schools. She has been providing Speech and Language therapy in NYC public schools for the last 10 years for the NYC Department of Education. She has worked with a wide variety of school age students with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language, social skills groups, social stories, verbal and written narrative skills and students with ADHD and Autism.
Torrie has worked in the Houston, Los Angeles and NYC school districts with PreK – 5th graders from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She has worked with many children who are multilingual, English as a Second Language (ESL) or are English Language Learners (ELL).
Torrie focuses on making Speech and Language therapy not only functional for the child but also fun and engaging! She feels strongly about incorporating a child’s family into the therapy sessions and ensuring the family is well informed with progress, therapy techniques and strategies every step of the way. Open communication with families is of utmost importance to Torrie.
Location: Northern New Jersey
Expertise: Articulation and Phonology Disorders, Expressive and Receptive language disorders, Autism, Social/Pragmatics, Fluency, Narrative Skills, Reading Comprehension
Ages: Birth-3, PreK, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School
Francine is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and is licensed in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. She is a certified Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped and holds supervisory certification. She received her masters degree at Herbert H. Lehman College and her undergraduate degree at SUNY New Paltz. Francine has over four decades of experience working in public schools, out-patient clinics, and teletherapy. She is a consultant to area preschools and presents workshops on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and Early Language Development.
Over the years, Francine has kept abreast of current trends and completed multiple advanced training courses which enables her to incorporate new, evidenced-based therapies into each session. She is recognized by Apraxia Kids as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of CAS. Francine has received extensive training in techniques proven effective for treating CAS including Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) and Rapid Syllable Transition Training (ReST). She has also received training in PROMPT and the Cycles Approach for the treatment of phonological disorders. With a large array of methods at her disposal, Francine is able to design personalized therapy plans to meet the individual needs of each child. A comprehensive speech and language evaluation is often the first step in the therapy process. It helps identify the challenges, highlight strengths, and set the parameters for intervention. Francine’s dynamic assessments focus less on standardized test scores and more on what the child is able to do as a communicator. Local school districts have used her services to conduct evaluations for some of their most complex cases. Francine is child-centered and family-focused. As the preschool team leader for New Canaan, Connecticut, she stressed the importance of parents as collaborative partners. Caretakers are given regular home practice to maximize the child’s progress. Therapy is hard work for little ones and demanding for their caregivers but Francine makes it playful with high interest, motivational activities.
Francine has devoted her life to giving others a voice. She is driven to provide outstanding services to children and adolescents and compassionate support to their caregivers. She specializes in motor-based speech disorders (CAS), moderate-severe speech sound disorders, early speech and language development, auditory and language processing disorders, expressive language delays, and cluttering. She has extensive experience with autism related speech disorders and the assessment and treatment of children with comorbidities.
LOCATION: New Jersey: (teletherapy only)
TYPES OF SERVICE: Evaluations, individual therapy, teletherapy
EXPERTISE: Motor-based speech disorders (CAS), mild-severe speech sound disorders, early speech and language development, auditory and language processing disorders, expressive language delays, cluttering, autism, and children with comorbidities.
AGES: Toddlers-adolescents (2-16)
M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Liza B. is a Speech Language Pathologist holding licensure in both New York and New Jersey. She maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) with the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Liza is also a NY Department of Education certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and NJ Department of Education Speech Language Specialist (SLS). Liza earned her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at The George Washington University. Liza’s intensive clinical training at GW’s on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic served to develop her diagnostic and treatment competency working with clients with a wide range of communication disorders ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Liza has extensive experience working in a variety of private and public schools as well as home based and private practice settings. She specializes in working with preschoolers, elementary and middle school students presenting with Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Based Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Weakness, Pragmatic( Social) Language Difficulties, Fluency Disorders, Oral Motor Disorders and Voice Disorders. She also has experience working with Alternative Augmentative Communication Devices( AAC). Liza is trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Levels I and II, PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Social Thinking and Judy Hochman’s Teaching Basic Writing Skills.
Liza believes that connecting with each child and understanding what motivates them is instrumental in bringing about the most effective results. She tailors all treatment modalities to meet each child’s unique needs. Liza’s sessions incorporate engaging activities personalized to your child’s interests making targeting their speech and language goals a fun and dynamic experience.
When she’s not helping her client’s improve their communication needs, Liza enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and walking along the Hudson River with her baby boy and husband.
LOCATION: NEW JERSEY: Jersey City and Hoboken, MANHATTAN: West Village, Greenwich Village and TriBeca, Teletherapy ( Remote )
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Speech-language Delays, Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Based Learning Disabilities ( trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach), Executive Functioning Weakness, Pragmatic( Social) Language Difficulties, Fluency Disorders, Oral Motor Disorders
AGES: birth through middle school