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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Duygu Başaran ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Brooklyn Letters was recommended to me through a friend's speech therapist friend in NJ. The articulation evaluation for my daughter went well. We were pleased with Kristin's services.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Kelley Peters-Patel ★★★★★ a year ago
    Melissa was wonderful. Our daughter warmed to her immediately and by the time she left, had already started "practicing" some of the techniques Melissa had shown her. I will not hesitate at all to reach out to Melissa again, should … More the need arise.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters R Elmore ★★★★★ a year ago
    Aileen was INCREDIBLY helpful to us, both in assessing possible origins of my grandson's food aversions, as well as informing us of various available interventions to consider.
    I can’t thank you and Brooklyn Letters enough for connecting
    … More us with Aileen. In all our feeding therapy journey we have not gotten anything near the kind of benefit that we did from her. Her knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness have put us on the path of progress with my grandson and has also made us feel genuinely well cared for.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Christine Weiher ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We were amazed with Allison! She met my son at 2 1/2 years old, not speaking much at all, and over a computer, and she was able to develop a bond and friendship, so much so that he would look forward to his weekly computer time with Allison. … More I was not sure how the speech therapy would go- but we are so happy that we tried it out and continued. It allowed my son to gain confidence in his speech, make a new friend :), and also give him the skills and a bit of understanding of how to shape his mouth or where to place his tongue to make the proper sounds. We were extremely happy with Allison- she was fantastic to work with.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Saffady ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    My sessions with Karen have been extremely helpful. My speech has improved tremendously. In fact, I just finished 2 hours of conducting interviews with a consulting client via MS Teams and I have an upcoming conference call. Both my … More neurologist and neurosurgeon remarked about how good my speech is. Much of the day it is perfect, although I still have some rough spots when I get tired or speak too quickly. One of my granddaughters is a speech pathology student at Ithaca College. She sat in on 2 sessions while she was home for winter break, and she was very impressed with Karen.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jacob B ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were delighted with Christie. First, and most importantly, our son made great strides under her guidance. So great, that we felt he no longer needed help! She was incredibly patient and kind with him and our son really responded to … More her. Christie was also great with me and my wife. She provided thorough and informative updates on our son's progress and which exercises she was using with him, so we could reinforce what she was teaching him. All in all, we had a fabulous experience with Christie and would highly recommend her.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jessica C ★★★★★ a year ago
    Theo was wonderful and his work with my son has produced some progress. I am grateful for the services Theo provided.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Melissa Stevens ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Highly recommend Jill. She is a total pleasure to work with. After a few months working with Jill, my son is reading above grade level and LOVES to read. Mission accomplished!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Demet Evren ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Paige was great and we had been really happy with her. I would highly recommend her! I recommend Brooklyn Letters to whomever asks for a speech therapist.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jeizel Rosenthal ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Isabel was WONDERFUL and our son absolutely adored her, and he is making great progress with his reading and writing.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Theo was fantastic with our 4yo son. We were very worried that his progress would fall off when we had to switch to remote sessions, but Theo kept our son happy and engaged through the screen. Highly highly recommend!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Samantha Packard ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We've been working with Theo from Brooklyn Letters for close to 4 months now and the results are apparent; our daughter has vastly improved her speech in a relatively short amount of time. We make "Theo Day" a celebration … More in our house with pancakes for breakfast, and the enthusiasm is matched in the sessions. Theo is fun, patient, professional, and caring, and he gives us the tools to take the lessons beyond the session. Thank you Theo, and Brooklyn Letters, for helping our daughter express herself.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Travis Ricca ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I worked with Alina to enhance my pronunciation, tone, and pacing while communicating socially and in a work environment. She was great to work with and clear about goals and learning objectives. The improvement from day 1 has been tremendous! … More
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Enrico Bermudez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Cathy has been excellent with us and our son. We will sorely miss her. He has improved significantly with Cathy’s help. Cathy was a true partner with us, especially as we pursued additional help through our son’s school system.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Kayne Elisabeth Wilk ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We really loved working with Alina, she is so fantastic. Patient yet firm, and determined the best course of action very clearly and succintly for us. And it all transitioned so well to Zoom as well. I will definitely be back in touch for … More services for our other child after summer break!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jen S ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Vera was amazing! My 11 yo daughter made progress so quickly and really looked forward to her sessions. She was kept motivated and engaged.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters susie tofte ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    The work that Allison P. did with our daughter over the years has been invaluable to us. Our daughter had such a good relationship with Allison, and it allowed them to work really well together - even remotely these past 6 months. This … More year, Allison went above and beyond by helping us throughout the neuropsych eval we did, trying to re-open our daughter's IEP at her school, and eventually landing her at our chosen school. She was in contact with our daughter's teachers, with the neuropsychologist, and made herself available as a reference to speak on behalf of our daughter's learning differences.
    Allison stopped by our house last week to give our daughter cupcakes and say goodbye, and I literally cried with appreciation for what an amazing speech therapist she has been. She has been our daughter's biggest champion. The new families that she will work with this year are lucky to have her.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Alicia Perez-Katz ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Sydney was great! Our son was sad to end his sessions with her, which says a lot. We appreciated her honest assessment of his skill level, and he now has materials to self monitor and practice. Thank you!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Our experience with Theo was terrific. Theo was great with my son. He developed a positive relationship with him based on sincerity, respect, trust and a deep personal connection. In their lessons, Theo was encouraging, creative and kind. … More He helped our son understand how to differentiate the sounds he made when he spoke, and gave him great exercises to practice every week between lessons. Our son was sorry to have the lessons come to an end, but recognized that Theo had helped him as much as possible and it was time for him to stop. Theo explained to him (and us) how to keep working to get the last 5%, and encouraged him to keep working on the exercises on his own. I have recommended Theo to another parent who noticed my son's improvement and inquired for her own son.
    We are all grateful to have gotten to know Theo, and we greatly appreciate all the work he did to help our son.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Aisha Holder ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Michelle Macroy-Higgins. We are extremely pleased with her work with our daughter. I was so grateful for my daughter to have a speech therapist who is a researcher (specialty in late … More talkers), graduate professor and practitioner. Her expertise was clearly evident in our conversations and work with our daughter. She was very responsive to my questions and often sent articles and other materials about language development that I found helpful. Thankfully, my daughter's speech improved tremendously. Michelle developed such a warm relationship with my daughter. My daughter was always excited to see Michelle and would greet her at the door with a big hug. Lastly, I would add that Michelle always demonstrated empathy with me as a mother who was initially worried about her daughter's language development. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with Michelle's work."
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Theo is a wonderful Clinton Hill speech therapist. We were really pleased with him. Our son showed drastic improvement, not only in his speech but in his confidence.
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters mario costa ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Alexa has been an enthusiastic, reliable, well prepared and caring teacher for our 6 year old daughter. She has been able to improve and increase our daughter's confidence lesson by lesson with patience and competence; through varied … More and productive didactic practice. Alexa has engaged our daughter in several activities that always kept her motivated and eager to learn literacy. My wife and I, both of us are educators, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe Alexa's pedagogical skills. Alexa has had a big impact on our daughter literacy growth. Thank you Brooklyn Letters!
  • NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Lily Alt ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were absolutely DELIGHTED with Marsha's services. She was wonderful. We found her to be kind, fun, engaging, very knowledgeable. She provided us with clear instructions and additional written handouts each week. She engaged our … More son with different techniques and toys, and showed us how to use her techniques when we were interacting with him. I actually just texted her on Saturday - Our son finally said "more" - one of the target words we had been working on with her. It was a total joy to hear, and I had to share it with her - she wrote back immediately to congratulate us. I am so appreciative of her expertise, and wish we could have seen her for longer. I recommended her to another family in our neighborhood who is looking for a speech therapist.

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Understanding Selective Mutism

Selective mutism, often misinterpreted, creates hurdles to verbal expression in particular social contexts despite an individual’s ability to communicate effectively elsewhere. It’s imperative to grasp the nuances of this condition; it’s rooted in anxiety rather than defiance, forming the foundation for targeted therapeutic interventions, where speech pathologists play a pivotal role in creating tailored strategies to foster communication breakthroughs. Our speech pathologists travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. 

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Selective Mutism

Identifying signs of selective mutism, whether they are subtle cues or more overt indicators, plays a crucial role in enabling early intervention. The ability to spot these manifestations across diverse settings is instrumental in paving the path toward providing appropriate support and fostering understanding for individuals grappling with this condition.

Individuals with selective mutism may demonstrate the following characteristics and behaviors:

At Home:

  • Limited or no verbal communication in specific situations, especially when there are visitors or unfamiliar individuals present
  • Engaging in non-verbal communication, such as nodding, pointing, or using gestures instead of speaking
  • Speaking comfortably and freely with immediate family members but exhibiting silence or hesitation in interactions beyond the family circle
  • Reluctance to speak even in familiar settings, particularly when asked direct questions by non-family members
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At School and in the Community:

  • Persistent silence or extreme reluctance to speak in school settings, including refusal to participate in classroom discussions or activities that require verbal communication
  • Limited interactions with peers, often preferring solitary activities or engaging in non-verbal interactions.
  • Being perceived as shy, aloof, or withdrawn by teachers and peers due to their consistent lack of verbal communication
  • Demonstrating excellent communication skills and verbal ability outside school or in familiar community settings

Recognizing these signs across home, school, and community environments can significantly aid in early identification and appropriate support for individuals with selective mutism.

Selective Mutism generally requires multidisciplinary care: 

1. Anxiety Disorder: SLPs collaborate with psychologists or psychiatrists to address the child’s underlying anxiety disorders. They create a comfortable environment for the child, crucial for encouraging communication in those with selective mutism.

2. Poor Family Relationships: In cases where family dynamics might impact the child’s condition, SLPs work with family therapists. They help improve family communication and relationships, fostering a supportive environment to aid the child’s communication efforts.

3. Untreated Psychological Issues: SLPs often work in tandem with mental health professionals to identify and address any coexisting psychological issues. This collaborative approach ensures a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses both communication and psychological aspects of selective mutism.

4. Family History of Anxiety Disorders: Understanding and addressing a family history of anxiety disorders is important. SLPs, along with psychologists, guide families. They offer strategies to manage anxiety, which is essential in creating a supportive environment for the child.

5. A Traumatic Experience: When a traumatic experience triggers selective mutism, SLPs collaborate with psychologists who specialize in trauma. This partnership is vital to provide care that addresses the child’s emotional and communication needs, ensuring a holistic approach to treatment.

In summary, SLPs play a crucial role in the multidisciplinary approach to managing selective mutism, working closely with other professionals to address this condition’s various underlying and contributing factors.

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Treatment Options and Techniques

Treatment options for selective mutism often involve speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working within their scope or as part of an interprofessional team. These options can also require additional training for comprehensive care. Some of these approaches include:

  1. Behavioral Therapies: Professionals may use behavioral techniques like systematic desensitization or stimulus fading to expose individuals to anxiety-provoking situations, promoting verbal expression gradually.
  2. Language and Communication Interventions: SLPs can work on language comprehension and expression skills, offering strategies to improve communication in various settings.
  3. Parent and Educator Training: SLPs provide guidance and training to parents, educators, and peers, enabling them to create supportive environments and implement communication strategies.
  4. Collaboration within Interprofessional Teams: SLPs collaborate with psychologists, educators, occupational therapists, and mental health professionals to provide a holistic approach to treatment.
  5. Play-Based Interventions: SLPs utilize play-based therapy to facilitate communication in a relaxed and comfortable setting, encouraging verbalization through engaging activities.

While SLPs play a crucial role in these treatment options, some approaches might require additional training or collaboration with other professionals to ensure a comprehensive and effective intervention for individuals with selective mutism.

How Can Our NYC Selective Mutism Speech Therapy Help?

At Brooklyn Letters, our speech language pathologists (SLPs) are pivotal in supporting individuals managing selective mutism. They conduct thorough diagnostic assessments, curate personalized therapies utilizing techniques like desensitization and play-based interventions, and focus on enhancing language and communication skills.

Collaborating closely with families and educators, our SLPs provide tailored education and training, fostering a supportive environment crucial for progress in addressing selective mutism. Their expertise guides communication breakthroughs and empowers individuals on their unique journey toward verbal expression and confidence.

We travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx, offering a free consultation and meet-and-greets with our staff. We prioritize flexibility over contracts. Embrace a pay-as-you-go approach and select session times that seamlessly align with your family’s lifestyle.

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Craig Selinger is the dedicated owner of Brooklyn Letters, a reputable private practice renowned for its exceptional services. Together with his team of skilled professionals, they extend their expertise across a wide range of locations, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. With a New York State license as a speech-language therapist (pathologist) and a learning specialist, Craig boasts an impressive track record spanning over two decades, during which he and his team have helped more than a thousand families, establishing Brooklyn Letters as a respected practice in the field. Craig's proficiency encompasses a diverse array of domains, including addressing early childhood speech-language delays, skillfully managing expressive and receptive language disorders, and adeptly tackling language learning obstacles such as reading, writing, executive functioning, social and pragmatic communication. He also demonstrates mastery in speech production concerns, i.e., articulation and enunciation. What sets Craig and his team apart is their dedication to providing comprehensive care. They actively collaborate with the finest professionals in the NYC metro area, including neuropsychologists, mental health therapists, and allied health professionals. This network of expertise ensures a holistic approach to each client's unique needs.
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Craig Selinger is the dedicated owner of Brooklyn Letters, a reputable private practice renowned for its exceptional services. Together with his team of skilled professionals, they extend their expertise across a wide range of locations, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. With a New York State license as a speech-language therapist (pathologist) and a learning specialist, Craig boasts an impressive track record spanning over two decades, during which he and his team have helped more than a thousand families, establishing Brooklyn Letters as a respected practice in the field. Craig's proficiency encompasses a diverse array of domains, including addressing early childhood speech-language delays, skillfully managing expressive and receptive language disorders, and adeptly tackling language learning obstacles such as reading, writing, executive functioning, social and pragmatic communication. He also demonstrates mastery in speech production concerns, i.e., articulation and enunciation. What sets Craig and his team apart is their dedication to providing comprehensive care. They actively collaborate with the finest professionals in the NYC metro area, including neuropsychologists, mental health therapists, and allied health professionals. This network of expertise ensures a holistic approach to each client's unique needs.
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