Speech Pathology

Our Speech Pathology associates have been trained in both the areas of Speech Therapy and Speech Coaching, offering a unique, integrated approach to treatment. We incorporate knowledge of the underlying neurological and anatomical components of communication with the philosophy and principles of speech coaching and vocal artistry to provide holistic intervention. This combination of tools from the performance world, public speaking, voice enhancement, executive training, and more yields a creative yet practical treatment setting. We incorporate these skills into therapeutic methodologies to make treatment not only effective, but applicable to real-world scenarios. We believe in addressing not only the disorder itself, but overall strong communication.

When appropriate, we work closely with the caregivers and families of clients to ensure maximal progress. Complete consideration of each client’s cultural and linguistic background lies at the forefront of evaluations and treatment, as this impacts a person’s speech, language, and communicative functioning.

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A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a professional trained in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists provide therapeutic services to individuals across the lifespan.

A speech-language pathologist specializes in providing therapeutic services to individuals with communication disorders from a clinical approach. SLPs often work in collaboration with medical professionals to provide holistic assessment and treatment of an underlying pathology. A speech coach, however, provides services to enhance the communicative abilities of those with no underlying disorders or pathologies.

Since these professions are closely related, the distinctions among them can sometimes be confusing. If you are experiencing vocal concerns, how do you know which professional you should see? If you are looking to enhance the quality of your voice and how your voice is perceived by others, a speech coach would be the appropriate professional for you. If you have been diagnosed with a voice disorder, such as vocal nodules, a speech pathologist would be able to provide you with rehabilitative services. If you are looking to improve your singing abilities, a voice teacher or voice coach could assist you at New York Vocal Coaching. If you are a singer and have been diagnosed with a voice disorder, a singing voice therapist (a speech-language pathologist trained in the knowledge of the singing voice) will be able to help you. We have all of these professionals on site. If you are unsure which professional is the best fit, contact us and we will point you in the right direction!

We treat a large range of conditions and disorders, including, but not limited to:

  • Speech Sound Disorders

    Individual sounds are the basic units that make up speech. Often times, individuals have difficulties in acquiring these sounds which may impact that person’s speech intelligibility, the degree to which that person is understood by others. Errors of speech sounds can be described as substitutions, omissions, distortions, and additions. Speech sound disorders are typically divided into articulation disorders (difficulty executing the muscular coordinations necessary to produce a specific sound or sounds) and phonological disorders (lack of understanding of the rules that govern the production and combination of speech sounds). Speech therapy has been demonstrated to be effective in improving or correcting these disorders.

  • Fluency Disorders

    Fluency disorders affect the continuity, rate, rhythm, effort, prosody, and/or naturalness of an individual’s speech. The two most prevalent fluency disorders are stuttering and cluttering. Through speech therapy, individuals learn how to control these aspects of their speech.

  • Voice Disorders

    A voice disorder affects the pitch, quality, or loudness of the voice. While some of these disorders may require medical intervention, many can be remediated or improved through voice therapy administered by a speech-language pathologist. Even in cases of surgical correction, voice therapy is recommended before and after a medical procedure to ensure healthy and efficient use of the voice.

  • Resonance Disorders

    Disorders of resonance may occur as a result of an inadequate velopharyngeal mechanism caused by structural abnormalities. This may result in hypernasality or hyponasality. Surgical intervention is required to repair the structures associated with these disorders. However, a speech-language pathologist is effective in treating errors regarding resonance that persist after such a surgery is implemented, as well as provide compensatory strategies to promote better resonance.

  • Language Disorders

    Language can be broken down into the domains of semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, and pragmatics.

    A variety of disorders can affect one’s ability to understand or produce one or more of these aspects of language. Language therapy addresses the client specific deficits to work towards optimal linguistic functioning across academic, social, and occupational settings.

Prior to commencing therapy, an initial consultation is conducted to assess a client’s baseline functioning. A written report will be provided detailing findings of the assessment. The initial consultation will include obtaining relevant history of the speech or language concern, diagnostic measures, and patient/caregiver interview. The initial consultation is critical in determining the necessary treatment approach and protocol.

For those who would like a more in-depth evaluation report, we conduct thorough evaluations to assess the speech and language of children, teens, and adults. The assessment process varies based on individual concerns. In addition to the components of the initial consultation, each evaluation will include assessment of related communication domains, an extended case-history, appropriate medical documentation, and communication with other professionals when appropriate. Prior to an evaluation, we will conduct a free 15-minute phone conversation to determine the assessment methodologies appropriate for you or your child’s concerns.

After the initial consultation or evaluation, the clinician will provide you with a treatment plan including a recommended frequency and total number of sessions. However, the frequency of sessions is at your discretion and amenable based on progress. Though most clients are seen for treatment once per week, a handful prefer or are recommended to receive more frequent sessions depending on severity, type of condition/disorder, and urgency to remediate the issue. We are happy to work with you to determine how many sessions will fit your specific needs. This can be adjusted at any time.

Most therapy sessions are one-hour in length. For young children, however, we recommend 30-minute sessions to maintain participation and satisfaction.

Tutti i nostri servizi sono disponibili in Italiano.

Our certified bilingual clinician is trained to evaluate children and adults from diverse backgrounds to efficiently determine the nature of a language disorder and its relationship with the client’s bilingualism or multilingualism. Language evaluations and treatment are available in both English and Italian.

Tutti i nostri servizi sono disponibili in Italiano.

For singers, nothing is considered more precious than the voice. Unfortunately, singers are not immune to voice disorders. Like other professional voice users, singers rely heavily on vocal functioning. Just like not all SLPs are voice therapists, not all voice therapists specialize in the singing voice. At New York Speech Pathology, we offer specialized singing voice rehabilitation with a dual certified speech-language pathologist and voice teacher. Even after rehabilitation is complete, the staff at New York Vocal Coaching can assist singers with further enhancing their vocal technique.