Children

NYC Social Climbers

NYC Social Climbers is a new program offered by Sogol Shafiei and Speech Matters. NYC Social Climbers can help improve your child's social thinking. Participants of the program will learn how to improve their peer relationships so they can strengthen their overall academic performance. Learn More.

P.R.O.M.P.T.

P.R.O.M.P.T. stands for Prompts for Reconstructing Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets.  It is a holistic, dynamic, sensorimotor system designed to help organize, plan, and execute the phonetic/phonemic elements of speech production for the development or redevelopment of language within functional interactions.

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

{Elimination of Thumb Sucking}

A therapeutic series of exercises that work and train specific facial muscles. As a result, the mouth, tongue and throat are strengthened. Myofunctional therapy can be particularly helpful for children with tongue thrusts which can cause a lisp and teeth misalignment, and negatively affect the results of braces.

ELIMINATION OF THUMB SUCKING

A proven behavioral modification program to eliminate your child’s thumb sucking.  This therapy can be seen in Linda’s “Mr. Wizard’s Thumbs Out”, an educational video designed to eradicate the thumb sucking habits of 3 - 8 year olds.

PRESENTATION SKILLS

Making presentations may be a part of a student’s education and an adult’s career but the task can be a daunting one. People encounter difficulty in presenting due to inefficient strategies ie. organizing and retaining information, deciphering when and how to use your voice correctly (without having a “nervous voice”), knowing when and which non-verbal communication to use, etc. Linda can help you improve your presentation skills so that you will feel more confident in front of an audience and deliver your message to a group of people clearly and effectively. For more information on presentation skills and performance, please refer to Linda’s "My Parsha" program which specializes in Bar and Bat Mitzvah speech preparation.

ARTICULATION DISORDER

Articulation is the production of speech sounds. An articulation disorder occurs when a child does not make speech sounds correctly due to incorrect placement or movement of the lips, tongue, velum, and/or pharynx. It is important to recognize that there are differences in the age at which children produce specific speech sounds in all words and phrases. Mastering specific speech sounds may take place over the course of several years.

PHONOLOGICAL PROCESS DISORDER

Phonology refers to the speech sound system of language. A phonological disorder occurs when a child is not using speech-sound patterns appropriately. A child whose sounds vary from the speech typical for their stage of development or who produces unusual simplifications of sound combinations may be demonstrating a phonological disorder.

STUTTERING

Stuttering is a communication disorder that involves disruptions/disfluencies in an individual's speech. Stuttering often includes repetitions of words or parts of words, as well as prolongations of speech sounds.

CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Central Auditory Processing Disorder results in deficits in information processing of auditory signals. The deficits are not due to damages of the physical structures of function of the hearing mechanism, but arise from dysfunction of the central nervous system.

SOCIAL PRAGMATIC DISORDER

Children with social pragmatic difficulties demonstrate deficits in social and/or cognitive functioning. Diagnostic terms include: Asperger's Syndrome, Hyperlexia, High Functioning Autism, Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders NOS and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities.

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE DISORDER

Expressive language refers to the verbal skills required to communicate one's thoughts and feelings to others. An expressive language disorder can be characterized as difficulty with verbal expression.

RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE DISORDER

Receptive language refers to the skills involved in understanding language. Receptive language disorders are difficulties regarding to processing, comprehending, and/or retaining spoken language.

APRAXIA OF SPEECH

Apraxia of speech is an impaired ability to plan and sequence the motor movements necessary to produce speech in the absence of any muscular problem.

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