More Than Words Speech Pathology, PLLC is a private speech language pathology practice that provides personalized therapy to children and adults in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our office is located in the heart of Park Slope. We value the "whole" because communication is far more than words. We specialize in providing interventions and evaluations that are designed for each unique profile, incorporating individual strengths and preferences with evidence based practice. We believe that one size does not fit all.
‣Early intervention is crucial. When intervention is delayed, it takes four times as long to intervene in 4th grade as it does in late kindergarten due to brain development and the increase in content for students to learn as they grow older
‣Bilingualism does not negatively impact language development. Research shows academic advantages of being bilingual including benefits in problem solving/multi-tasking skills, as well as increased cognitive flexibility
‣Phonemic awareness instruction helps children learn to read. SLPs are trained in phonemic awareness and can help children develop the skills they need for reading and writing. SLPs are trained in the linguistic underpinnings of reading and writing and can help children develop foundational skills. "The best predictor of reading difficulty in kindergarten or first grade is the inability to segment words and syllables into constituent sound units (phonemic awareness)" (Lyon, 1995)
‣Autistic children who use scripting (e.g., echolalia) to communicate process and develop language in a different way. These children are described as Gestalt Language Processors (GLP); the Natural Acquisition Framework (NLA) developed by Marge Blanc shows us how to use this as the foundation to help GLPs build and develop self-generated language. Caregivers and professionals can learn more about GLP and NLA at www.meaningfulspeech.com
‣Parents can help their children develop language skills at home through natural contexts and play. SLPs can help train parents and caregivers on how to help elicit language at home by using strategies throughout daily routines
‣People who stutter show large and significantly different intervention effects when compared to those not receiving intervention. SLPs who specialize in stuttering can help not only children but young adults and even older adults make significant progress toward fluency (Stuttering Foundation of America)
‣SLPs help individuals with aphasia relearn how to use language or develop alternative means of communication. They work to help develop problem-solving and social skills needed to cope with the after-effects of a stroke