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Theraspeak NY is a private speech and language therapy practice that services families in Westchester and Rockland 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 pride ourselves in making all clients feel as if they are our only client. Together with families we develop functional and specific goals to cater to your child's unique needs. 


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About Us

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. 

*Additional Notes*

We speak Spanish and Portuguese.

We are PROMPT trained

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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 has a passion for working with children with early language delays, social-pragmatic difficulties and articulation/speech-sound disorders. 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.

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. She has a passion for working with children in giving them the tools they need to enhance their communication skills. It is Katia’s mission to ensure that children and their families feel understood in their speech and language. Katia 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Therapy Services

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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:


Phonological Disorders

Articulation Difficulties

Weak/tense oral muscle tone

Expressive Language Therapy

Is your child having a difficult time expressing their thoughts? Retelling stories? Engaging in conversation? 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)


Social communication

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Receptive Language Therapy

Does your child seem to be having a difficult time understanding what is being said to them? Following directions in home and school? Remembering things? 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 questions

Executive functioning (planning)

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Do you accept insurance?

No. We are a private pay practice only; however, 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 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. 

Ways We Can Support Your School

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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.

Speech Therapy

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.

School Screenings

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.

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