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Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn LettersBrooklyn Letters

1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 47 reviews

  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ 5 months 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!
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters R Elmore ★★★★★ 2 months 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Christine Weiher ★★★★★ a year 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Saffady ★★★★★ 9 months 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jessica C ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Theo was wonderful and his work with my son has produced some progress. I am grateful for the services Theo provided.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Melissa Stevens ★★★★★ 10 months 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!
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jacob B ★★★★★ 3 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Demet Evren ★★★★★ a year 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jeizel Rosenthal ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    Isabel was WONDERFUL and our son absolutely adored her, and he is making great progress with his reading and writing.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ a year 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!
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Samantha Packard ★★★★★ a year 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Travis Ricca ★★★★★ 2 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
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Enrico Bermudez ★★★★★ 2 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Kayne Elisabeth Wilk ★★★★★ 2 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!
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Jen S ★★★★★ 2 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters susie tofte ★★★★★ 2 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Alicia Perez-Katz ★★★★★ 2 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!
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 3 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Aisha Holder ★★★★★ 3 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."
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 3 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.
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters mario costa ★★★★★ 3 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!
  • Westchester Speech Language Therapy, Brooklyn Letters Lily Alt ★★★★★ 3 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.

Westchester Speech Language Therapy

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We travel to the following Westchester neighborhoods:

Bronxsville Larchmont Pelham New Rochelle Mamaroneck Rye Portchester Harrison Mount Vernon Ossining Croton-on-Hudson Briarcliff Manor Mount Kisco Chappaqua Armonk Rye Brook Pleasantville Mount Kisco Bedford Lake Purdy North Salem Northern Westchester Katonah Bedford Somers Goldens Bridge

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What is Speech Language Therapy?

The evaluation and treatment of communication difficulties and impairments are known as speech therapy. Our Westchester speech language therapy offers in-home and remote speech language therapy services.

Speech language therapy improves communication. Speech or language problems include articulation therapy, language intervention exercises, and parent coaching.

Childhood speech problems may need to be addressed by speech therapists. We also work with adults who have speech difficulties resulting from accidents or diseases, such as a stroke or brain damage.

What Causes Speech Sound Disorders Difficulties?

Adults may have speech sound problems that begin in infancy or develop after a stroke or severe brain damage. They are most common when young children are learning speech sounds and cannot generate them independently. We don’t always know what causes speech sound problems. We take for granted the ability to produce speech. Because most of the children we work with cannot grasp particular sounds on their own, our Westchester speech language therapists are here to help!

The following factors may also cause children’s speech sound problems:

  • Autism and other developmental problems
  • Down syndrome and other genetic syndromes
  • Hearing loss (due to ear infections or other reasons)
  • Brain damage caused by accidents or diseases such as cerebral palsy
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What are the Most Common Speech Sound Disorders?

Articulation Disorder – On phonetic and motoric levels, this impacts children’s speech, causing them to have difficulty pronouncing certain speech sounds, such as consonants and vowels. For example, if a child cannot make the /l/ sound when his or her chronological and linguistic ages indicate that he or she should be able to, and there is no systematic mistake pattern (see below for phonological issues), it is likely that the child has an articulation disorder.

Phonological Disorder – The phonemic/linguistic/cognitive levels of speech production (a level higher than the phonetic/motoric components) are affected by this illness. Children with phonological disorders show systematic patterns in their speech production errors, such as consistently deleting /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.

Dysarthria and apraxia are two other speech sound disorders that are much less common than articulation and phonological problems.

WARNING:

Even though children’s speech production errors are uncommon, many speech pathologists misdiagnose them due to a lack of understanding of the connection between phonology, morphology/syntax, and speech production skills. Many speech therapists focus only on the motoric aspects of speech production skills. The reason for this discrepancy in speech-language pathology is that master’s and post-level master’s training differs. Similarly, speech pathologists, particularly private speech and language therapists, are being pressured to use commercially available products that aren’t backed up by research. Many parents seek marketed goods and activities because they have been instructed to do so.

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What Happens During Speech Therapy?

An assessment by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is usually the first step in speech therapy. The SLP will identify the kind of communication issue and the best treatment choices.

Language Pathologist for Children

Speech therapy for your child may take place in a classroom, small group, or one-on-one environments, depending on the speech issue. Speech therapy exercises and activities vary depending on your child’s health, age, and needs. During speech therapy for children, the SLP may:

  • As part of language intervention, interact by chatting and playing and utilize books, drawings, and other items to promote language development.
  • To educate a child how to produce specific sounds, model proper sounds, and syllables during age-appropriate play.
  • Provide the child and parent or caregiver with methods and assignments for doing speech therapy at home.

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Adult Speech Therapy & Language

Speech therapy for adults begins with an assessment to determine your needs and the best treatment choices. Adults who want to enhance their voice, language, and cognitive-communication may benefit from working with a Westchester speech language therapist.

Exercises may involve:

  • Other cognitive-communication skills include problem-solving, remembering, and organization.
  • Conversational techniques can help you speak more effectively in social settings.
  • Exercising with resonance breathing.
  • Exercises to improve your oral muscle movement when producing speech sounds.

Swallowing retraining may be performed to treat swallowing difficulties caused by an accident or a medical condition such as Parkinson’s disease or oral cancer.

There are several therapy services available if you wish to do speech therapy exercises at home, such as:

  • Apps for speech treatment
  • Games and toys for language learning, such as flip cards and flashcards workbooks
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How Do You Treat With Expressive Language Disorder?

After establishing a diagnosis, the SLP will do further research and observations before creating a personalized therapy plan. However, it’s important to remember that therapy will not result in a permanent “cure” for the disorder. Instead, pediatric speech therapy (SLPs) may educate children on managing their symptoms by giving them skills and techniques.

Therapy methods may vary depending on the speech therapist and the child’s needs. By modeling target behaviors, the speech therapist models and reinforces aspects of speech production that need to be addressed, such as sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical structure.

Some areas that SLPs address are:

  • Improving phonological awareness.
  • Increasing the breadth and depth of one’s vocabulary
  • Knowing how to decipher ambiguous and metaphorical language (words with multiple meanings, ambiguous sentence structures)
  • Rephrasing and comprehending information
  • Using a more sophisticated kind of morphology (prefixes, suffixes)
  • Creating more complex sentence structures
  • Detecting and correcting grammatical and morphological errors
  • Politeness, persuasion, and explanation through oral and written language.
  • Increasing knowledge and skills at a conversational level
  • Participating in discussions and overcoming conversational conflicts
  • Knowing what to say, what not to say, when to speak, and when to refrain.
  • Narrative intervention
  • Using note-taking
  • Investigating expository discourse at various grade levels
Conclusion

Children and adults with a range of speech and language difficulties may benefit from working with local Westchester speech language therapists. If begun early, speech therapy may assist with communication and self-confidence. Our Westchester speech-language pathologists also work with teenagers! Contact us now for a free consultation appointment!

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Mary B.

M.S. CCC-SLP, SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Mary Bell graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Boston University. She is certified by the state of New York and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associate (ASHA). She is also a level one PROMPT-trained therapist.

Mary has spent the majority of her eleven years in the field working with the pediatric population in private practices or in-home as a private speech and language pathologist. Her career has afforded her previous opportunities to work with children and adults of all ages and disabilities in Boston, Los Angeles, and abroad in Kuwait. Her therapy emphasis has been in the areas of articulation, processing disorders, language development, social-pragmatic skills, and fluency. She also has experience developing and running toddler/parent groups, social skills groups, and giving parent workshops. She believes strongly in educating parents to become facilitators of their children’s skills at home and using a playful, child-centered approach to reach children.

Mary is an energetic and enthusiastic professional who enjoys helping people and improving others’ lives. She forms relationships easily and always has the patients’ and families’ needs foremost in her mind.

LOCATION: Rye, Port Chester, Harrison and Mamaroneck
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultations, parent training
EXPERTISE: Early language development, articulation and phonology, Speech-language delays, Receptive/Expressive language delays, auditory processing, language processing, and social-pragmatic language skills.
AGES: Infants through 21 years of age

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Karen

M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Karen is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She holds state licenses for Speech-Language Pathology in California, Maine, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, and Washington. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders from California State University at Long Beach. Since that time, she has been a 3-time recipient of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education. She is an experienced telepractioner, having worked exclusively in telepractice since 2011. She is passionate about telepractice as a therapy model that is engaging and immensely effective. She has provided speech and language services to children from birth through preschool utilizing telepractice (last 9 years) and in-person (over 20 years).

She values building impactful relationships with families to achieve their goals. Additionally, her experience includes working with school-aged children with a broad range of speech-language difficulties, including autism spectrum disorders, social/pragmatic delays/disorders, articulation/phonological delays, and receptive/expressive language delays/disorders.

She is resolute that learning should be rewarding and engaging and works to make each session effective and gratifying for the child. If you assist a child to love to learn, you set them up for a life of success. Build new skills from a place of strength and interest, rewarding success along the way.

Beginning in 2000, Karen expanded her scope of practice to work with adult professional voices to improve voice quality and remediate vocal dysfunction including vocal nodules.

LOCATION: Katonah, Somers, Golden’s Bridge, Bedford Hills and North Salem
TYPE OF SERVICES: Speech and language individual therapy, group (2 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultations.
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, autism spectrum disorders, early intervention, adult voice disorders.
AGES: Birth to 21, adult voice disorder, and services for individuals.

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Kathryn

CCC-SLP, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, CERTIFIED TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISABILITIES (TSSLD)

Kathryn is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University. Kathryn is level one PROMPT trained and has received extensive training in multi-sensory reading instruction.

Kathryn serves as a speech-language pathologist for public schools. She works with a diverse population of students from Pre-K through Eighth grade. Kathryn has worked in a range of settings, including private practice, early intervention, and home care. She has extensive experience in the treatment and evaluation of children with Developmental Delays, Autism, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Apraxia, Language-Based Literacy Disorders, Fluency Disorders, ADHD, and Speech Sound Disorders-Articulation/Phonology.

Kathryn is level one trained in PROMPT therapy which is a treatment approach for speech sound disorders. Kathryn has a literacy background and has taken courses from the Institute for Multisensory Education and Reading with TLC. She believes in providing students with Multisensory experiences based on Orton Gillingham to effectively teach reading skills and meet each student’s individual learning needs. Kathryn has a strong interest in helping students develop phonological and phonemic awareness skills to build foundational skills for reading. Kathryn aims to support struggling readers and build their confidence and comprehension skills. When working with students with receptive/expressive language disorders, Kathryn believes in collaborating with parents/caregivers and teachers to incorporate spoken language that a child needs through activities and play. She uses a variety of age-appropriate treatment methods to help children with language and communication.

Kathryn prides herself on creating individualized plans for each child to ensure success at home, school, and in the community. Kathryn believes in working as part of an interdisciplinary team to help each child reach his or her full potential. She strives to create a rewarding and engaging environment by incorporating your child’s preferred activities and interests into his or her sessions.

LOCATION: Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Ardsley, Scarsdale (lower Westchester)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: early/school-age language development, developmental delays, speech sound disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, phonological awareness, dyslexia, reading instruction, reading comprehension, and literacy
AGES: All ages

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Mindie

M.A.,CCC-SLP, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, CERTIFIED TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISABILITIES (TSSLD)

Mindie is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Mindie completed an MA in Speech-Language Pathology at Hofstra University and a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University. Mindie has over 13 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist.
Mindie has experience evaluating and providing therapy for children and adults with language learning disabilities, speech disorders, fluency disorders, hearing impairment and autism. She has attended numerous continuing education seminars on a variety of topics including: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), intervention for Central Auditory processing Disorder (CAPD), improving pragmatic/social language skills in children, vocabulary strategies and interventions to improve reading fluency. In addition, Mindie has received 30 credits above her M.A. degree in issues pertaining to school aged children such as aiding students with learning disabilities, preparing for high stakes exams and collaborating with parents to improve student outcomes.

Mindie is passionate about understanding her client’s needs and creating individualized goals that allow for successful communication. She strongly believes in collaborating with parents and other professionals in order to help her client’s reach their full potential.

LOCATION: Westchester
TYPE OF SERVICES: i.e. Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Literacy
AGES: pre k- high school

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Francine

M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Teacher, Speech & Hearing Imparied

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.

LOCATIONS:
In New York:
Westchester County: Bedford, Bedford Hills, Chappaqua, Cross River, Croton Falls, Golden’s Bridge, Katonah, Mt. Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Purdys, Somers, South Salem, Waccabuc
Putnam County: Brewster, Carmel
In Connecticut:
Fairfield County: Danbury, New Canaan, North Stamford, Ridgefield, Wilton
In 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)

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Diahann

New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Diahann is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Diahann currently works as an acute care speech-language pathologist in a New York City hospital where she specializes in evaluating and treating neonates and young children with feeding and swallowing disorders in addition to speech and language delays within the pediatric population. She also works collaboratively in interdisciplinary outpatient clinics and performs hospital-based videofluoroscopic swallow evaluations.

Throughout her career, Diahann has worked in a variety of settings ranging from children’s hospitals to outpatient, private home care, elementary schools, and even long-term rehabilitation centers for adults.

Areas of experience include pediatric/school-aged children with speech/language and articulation disorders, developmental delays, feeding and communication-based difficulties in the setting of medically complex diagnoses including craniofacial anomalies (cleft lip and palate), aerodigestive diseases, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary involvement.

Diahann has a strong interest in providing speech and feeding interventions that address the whole child. She utilizes child-led approaches to minimize patient and family-related stress and offers strategies that can be incorporated into everyday activities. Close collaboration with family and interdisciplinary team members including doctors, dietitians, teachers, and other therapists is implemented to ensure success across all domains of development.

When not working, Diahann loves to go on outdoor adventures with her dog Luna, read and travel!

LOCATION: Westchester County, NY
TYPE OF SERVICES: Evaluation and treatment of infant and pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders; evaluation and treatment of speech/language/articulation and communication disorders. Individual therapy, group (2-3 children) therapy, evaluations, parent consultations, and communication with other important members of your child’s team.
EXPERTISE: Infant, newborn, and pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders. Speech and expressive/receptive language delays, articulation disorders in the toddler and school-aged population.

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Andrea

M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Andrea has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2006 and is currently licensed in New York and Connecticut. She also maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate for Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) from the New York State Department of Education. Andrea received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland in 2004 and a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University in 2006.

Andrea has worked for The New York City Department of Education since 2006 and has provided Speech & Language intervention services to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade for students with various language and learning needs. Andrea also provided Early Intervention services to children ages birth to 3 in New York City. She is experienced in early language development and acquisition, receptive and expressive language intervention, school-based language interventions, reading and listening comprehension, treatment of articulation, pragmatics and social language, organization, and executive functioning skills, writing strategies, and vocabulary development. Andrea is also trained in The REWARDS reading program to target reading and vocabulary skills for middle and high school students.

Andrea uses a variety of data-driven and engaging language interventions for all ages and is passionate about helping each client to reach their communication and academic language goals. She selects therapy materials based on the age level, abilities, interests, and needs of her clients to make their speech therapy experience both engaging and practical. She also enjoys connecting with clients and their families to assure that she is meeting their needs and working as a collaborative partner to provide strategies and ultimately foster independence.

LOCATIONS: Westchester County, NY & Fairfield County, CT
EXPERTISE: Language development and intervention including speaking, articulation, listening, writing, vocabulary, comprehension, pragmatic language skills, executive functioning, and organizational skills from ages birth through 12th grade.
AGES: Birth through 12th Grade

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