Speech Therapy in the Comfort of Your Home
Theraspeak New York is a private speech and language therapy practice that services families in Westchester, Rockland and Bergen County in the comfort of their own home. We work with children from birth through early adolescence to improve their communication skills while supporting their confidence, emotional and cognitive development.
We consider our therapy style to be family-centered, evidence based, child-led, functional, and fun! We pride ourselves in making all clients feel as if they are our only client. We work closely with families to create a functional therapy plan and support their child's journey to improved communication.
We are a neuro-diversity affirming practice meaning our goals are not written to "normalize" our clients or make them adhere to social norms. We believe that all children have strengths and unique qualities that they bring to the world. We provide our children with the tools they need to thrive in a way that is most true to themselves. Our goal is to enhance speech and language by showing them that communication is fun and not task-oriented. We encourage communication in the child's preferred mode and do not adhere to one specific model. We seek to understand our children, their communication style and behaviors rather than shape them to our needs.
We are two passionate speech-language pathologists who also happen to be the best of friends. We built our practice around our desire to deliver quality services on a more personal basis. We strive to make parents feel comfortable, involved and educated in the development of their child's speech and language. Our sessions continue beyond your scheduled time as we maintain steady communication with families and provide resources and strategies to practice in your home and community.
Theraspeak is state licensed and nationally certified.
Melinda Ferreira, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Melinda received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She has worked with children from early intervention through adolescence in special education programs, public and charter schools. Melinda's clinical interests include children with early language delays, speech-sound disorders and gestalt language processors. She has a passion for connecting with families and coaching them on how to further enhance their child's speech and language development. She is a licensed member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), holding her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Melinda is a New York State licensed Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities and PROMPT: Technique trained.
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Katia Dinis, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Katia received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She has worked with children from early intervention through elementary school in special education programs, public and private schools. Katia has over 10 years of experience in working with children of various ages to achieve their literacy and academic goals. Her clinical interests include working with children with speech-sound disorders and learning disabilities. Katia has a passion for instilling confidence in children and giving them the tools they need to succeed socially and academically. She is a licensed member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), holding her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Katia is also a New York State licensed Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities.
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Speech Sound Therapy
Is your child's speech unclear? Are they struggling with proper production of one or many sounds?
We work with children with speech sound difficulties in the areas of:
Apraxia of Speech
Weak/tense oral muscle tone
Expressive Language Therapy
Is your child having a difficult time expressing their thoughts? Retelling stories? Getting their point across? Picking up on social cues? Do they get easily frustrated when they are unable to effectively communicate?
We help children with expressive language delays succeed in the areas of:
Syntax (arrangement of words/phrases to create well-formed sentences)
Neuro-affirming Social Communication Instruction
Gestalt Language Processors
Receptive Language Therapy
Does your child seem to be having a difficult time understanding what is being said? Following directions in home and school? Understanding others? Does it take him or her a little extra time to process language?
We strive to help children with receptive language delays succeed in the areas of:
Listening and reading comprehension
Understanding social cues, perspective taking
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
No. We are a private pay practice only. We run our practice this way in order to provide an ample amount of time for research and planning, coaching parents, and driving to you. Working this way allows us to provide the highest quality of care.
We can provide you with a monthly super-bill upon request. When submitting a super-bill it is possible for you to receive reimbursement for services rendered depending on your insurance plan.
How long are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions are typically provided once or twice per week and are typically 30 minutes in duration. This is determined by clinical recommendation, the child's individual needs, and family preferences.
Where is the therapy provided?
Therapy services are typically provided in your own home; however, we can also provide services at your child's school or a predetermined place in the community.
What is the process for signing my child up?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form at the bottom of our page to set up a time to speak. We will then schedule an in-person consultation where we would get to know your child and asses his or her strengths and needs. Together we will then develop functional and appropriate goals that will be addressed in therapy sessions.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, check, all major credit cards, HSA/HFA cards
I am unsure if my child needs speech therapy. What can I do?
You can can first contact us to set up a free-phone consultation. Here we can answer some of your questions and schedule an in-person screening.
A screening will provide some insight into your child's needs and is the first step before an evaluation. Based on your child's screening results we will determine if a complete evaluation is needed.
Where are you located?
We provide services in New York (Westchester & Rockland) and New Jersey (Bergen County.) All services will be provided in your home or child's school/daycare.
Ways We Can Support Your School
Language Enrichment and Social Skills Groups
We provide language enrichment and social skills groups to children who could use additional support in their communication abilities.
These groups are more cost-effective than 1:1 therapy and will address individual needs in a small group setting of 3-5 children.
In-service trainings on childhood language developement for teachers and staff
We can provide in-service trainings for your teachers and staff. Each training is created specifically for your school's student population and staff. We present current research, functional classroom strategies, and education on childhood speech and language development.
1:1 speech and language therapy
Individualized therapy sessions can be conducted in your school with a fully licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Sessions are typically 30 minutes in duration and address functional goals to help your students thrive socially and academically.
Screenings provide a brief insight into a child's needs and are a determining factor when deciding whether or not a child requires a complete speech and language evaluation.
We provide speech and language screenings at preschools and daycares to provide teacher support, save families time and share resources within the community.