Christina is the primary clinician at her school who provides feeding and swallowing therapy services. She creates individualized feeding programs, focusing on promoting safe, efficient eating. Treatment programs may include, oral-motor stimulation and desensitization, tube weaning, diet progression, introduction to cup drinking, biting and chewing development and staff and parent training. In March 2016, Christina presented on the topic of dysphagia at the New York Deaf Blind Collaborative (NYDBC) Family Learning Conference, and she led a feeding therapy discussion group at the NYDBC Family Retreat in July, 2016.
Christina is experienced assessing and treating children with cognitive delays, a diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech, articulation, phonology, voice, fluency, receptive and/or expressive language delays/disorders. She is particularly passionate about working with babies and young children who benefit from a multi-sensory approach to learning and the implementation of a total language communication approach. In therapy, she incorporates voice, introductory PROMPT techniques, signing and, if applicable, the use of augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or a dynamic display device (ex Dynavox, iPad). She believes in the importance of establishing a strong foundation for language during the early years and setting children up for success. This includes supporting families, addressing their concerns, assisting them in carrying over therapeutic techniques within their homes and playing an active role in the transition from home to school.
LOCATION: Brooklyn (Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Heights)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent consultation, parent training
EXPERTISE: Early Speech and Language Development, Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Phonology, Articulation/Intelligibility, Oral-motor Weakness and Disorganization, Feeding and Swallowing Delays, Augmentative/Alternative Communication Use
AGES: Infants through school age