I am specialized in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric communication and feeding difficulties including:
Hearing Loss/Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
Apraxia of Speech
Language Delays and Disorders
Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
Elimination of Negative Oral Habits (e.g., Thumb Sucking)
on the Upper East Side
157 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
01- speech/language services
A comprehensive speech/language evaluation is conducted when your child has not yet been diagnosed or treated with a communication difficulty. Evaluations consist of a combination of parent interviews, informal observation, and standardized testing. A full written report will then be provided detailing observations, whether therapy is warranted at this time, as well as treatment plans and strategies for caregivers to use to promote further speech/language development at home.
Speech/Language Therapy sessions enhance your child’s communication skills using various evidence based strategies and programs. All sessions are planned around your child’s individual communication goals and interests. Collaboration with caregivers, teachers, and other therapists is key to your child’s success; all therapy sessions are accompanied with parent coaching programs. Sessions may vary in length from 30 to 60 minutes and can be scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly basis, depending on your child’s age and current needs.
02- feeding/swallowing services
A comprehensive feeding evaluation is conducted when your child has not yet been diagnosed or treated with feeding difficulties. Evaluations consist of parent interviews and observing your child eating a variety of foods during a meal or snack time. A full written report will then be provided detailing observations, whether therapy is warranted at this time, as well as treatment plans and strategies for caregivers to support their child's continued feeding development and expanding interest in trying new foods.
Feeding Therapy sessions enhance your child’s feeding skills and interest in trying new foods using various evidence based strategies and programs. All sessions are planned around your child’s individual medical, cultural, and lifestyle needs. Collaboration with caregivers and other medical professionals is key to your child’s success; all therapy sessions are accompanied with parent coaching programs. Sessions are approximately 60 minutes and can be scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on your child’s current needs.
03-orofacial myofunctional services
Orofacial myofunctional disorders are abnormal movement patterns of the face and mouth that may interfere with eating, talking, breathing, and normal growth and development of the muscles and bones of the face and mouth. Some examples include thumb and finger sucking habits, a routine habit of resting with the lips apart, a forward resting posture of the tongue between the teeth, tongue thrust, and other harmful oral habits. All speech/language and feeding services include an orofacial myofunctional component when necessary. Additional programs include:
Thumb Sucking Elimination Program
Thumb or finger sucking is very common in babies and young children. Infants are born with a natural urge to suck their thumbs which typically decreases at around 6 months of age. However, some children continue to suck their thumbs well beyond this time. Unfortunately, thumb sucking can have long-lasting negative side effects if the habit persists past age 4. Possible side effects of prolonged or intense thumb sucking include: open bite, over bite, skin problems, speech difficulties, and social issues. Unlike many commercial products that use negative reinforcement to break the habit, our program uses the power of positive reinforcement to eliminate thumb sucking and improve self-esteem and sense of accomplishment in your child. The program involves an initial appointment and daily check-ins for 10-20 days.
04-caregiver workshops and seminars
If your child does not need speech/language or feeding/swallowing services at this time, but you are still interested in learning more about how you can support your child's communication and feeding skills development at home please reach out with questions and specific topics of interest. Workshops provide research based information, family specific activities to try at home, and answer any other additional questions that you might have.
out of network
Although insurance is not accepted, itemized invoices which include ICD-10 and CPT codes are provided to families to submit to their insurance providers for out-of network reimbursement.