services

Our licensed therapists offer a variety of services for children and adolescents. In addition to individual speech/language therapy, play-based psychotherapy, tutoring, and occupational therapy, we also offer social skills groups, camps, and special workshops/classes. Read on to learn more:

Speech and language therapy focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children who have difficulty listening, speaking, reading and/or writing. Our speech language pathologists have experience treating disorders that can effect these areas of communication. Our speech language pathologists are also learning specialists and have extensive experience in working with children with learning differences.
In child therapy, the therapist works to create a non-judgmental atmosphere with clear boundaries in which a child can feel safe to express feelings, identities, and struggles. This environment also facilitates children's development of mastery, coping, and problem-solving skills. Amy uses an eclectic model - drawing on methods and techniques from psychodynamic therapy, child-centered therapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy, and family therapy - adapted to meet the needs of children's presenting problems.
We offer a variety of tutoring services to children in grades K-12. Our speech language pathologists, psychologists and special educators provide support in the areas of reading, writing, skill building, organization and executive functioning. Referrals to specific providers are based on each child's individual learning needs.
Occupational therapy helps children gain independence and promotes development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize in their home, school, play, and community environments. Children may benefit from occupational therapy for: self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming; hand strengthening and coordination skills required for activities such as cutting with scissors, coloring, and writing, buttoning, using feeding utensils, etc.; sensory-motor processing and integration; and visual motor and handwriting skills.

Pediatric Physical Therapy is focused on enhancing core stability, lower extremity function, and gross motor ability. Our experienced therapists create individualized therapeutic programs based on evaluation and evidence-based practices. We value a team approach, including parent/caregiver interaction and close consultation with pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, coaches, and other interventionalists.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Developmental delay
  • Coordination/balance disorders
  • Torticollis and/or plagiocephaly
  • Post trauma or lower extremity surgery
  • Neurological impairments due to cerebral palsy, spina bifida, osteogenesis imperfecta, etc
  • Various hip disorders such as hip dysplasia
  • Genetic conditions
  • Sports injuries and kids interested in returning to sport after an injury

Our treatments methods include:

  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Manual therapy
  • Strengthening and neuromuscular re-education
  • Plyometrics: Exercises that involve short, energetic movements intended to increase speed and strength
  • Gait training and supported weight-bearing

summer camp

Intensive Social, Communication, and Sensory Motor Therapeutic Intensive Camp, for children ages 5 - 10 years old.

Summer 1 August 6 - 10, 2018 8:30am - 1:30pm
Summer 2 August 13 - 17, 2018 8:30am - 1:30pm
Summer 3 August 20 - 24, 2018 8:30am - 1:30pm

The tuition for the Summer one week sessions is $650.

In these week-long programs, children will work in small groups, according to age,with licensed therapists (Clinical Social Worker, Speech/ Language Pathologist and/ or Occupational Therapist) to promote skills in a fun, playful atmosphere.

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social skills groups

Group play therapy assists with the development of social skills, self-awareness, problem solving skills, self-confidence, team building, and creativity. Groups are conducted at Speak, Learn, and Play, and have a maximum of four children per group. Children and families will meet with a therapist prior to acceptance in the group, to ensure a "good fit."

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about

Speak, Learn, & Play, LLC was founded in 2013 by Jennifer Volpe, CCC-SLP and Amy Weber, LCSW. Started initially to meet the communication, learning, and social/emotional needs of children and families, Speak, Learn, & Play has quickly grown to offer myriad services including speech/language therapy, tutoring, social skills groups, child psychotherapy/play therapy, occupational therapy, and therapeutic camps. Using a collaborative model and state-of-the-art techniques, we strive to treat the whole child. Please read on to learn more about the talented therapists that make up Speak, Learn, and Play:

Amy Weber

Amy

Amy Weber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families, both as an administrator and a clinician. Amy has completed the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training program at William Alanson White, and is also trained in DIR/Floortime. She is co-founder of Speak, Learn, and Play. Amy sees children for play therapy, and conducts social skills groups.

Jennifer Volpe

Jennifer

Jennifer Volpe is a New York State licensed speech pathologist with over 10 years of experience and the founder of Manner of Speaking. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She is also a certified learning specialist through the American Academy of Learning Specialists. Jennifer provides speech and language therapy in all areas with a focus on language based learning disabilities. Jennifer works with children ages birth to adolescents. Trainings include certification in Wilson Reading System, Additional trainings include PROMPT, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Therapeutic Listening and Basic Writing Skills.

Cristina Septien

Cristina

Cristina Septien, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist. She graduated from Amherst College (Theater and English), and earned her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from NYU. With specialties in sensory integration, handwriting, and reflex integration, she has worked in preschools, elementary schools, and sensory gyms, as well as in private settings. She has trained in programs such as Handwriting Without Tears and The Alert Program, and has helped to establish enrichment camps for special needs students. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids.

Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth

Elizabeth (Liz) Medina is a NYS licensed Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience in working with children and adolescents. Liz has an extensive background in consulting and therapeutic and evaluation services at private practices, public schools, parent groups, and specialized schools. At Speak, Learn, and Play, Liz specializes in Early Intervention, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Graphomotor Disorders and Developmental Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Liz promotes a collaborative, holistic approach to her services that examines how sensory issues impact learning, as well as adaptive and social functioning. While providing services, Liz believes in fostering self-esteem and challenging her students in order to develop a functional psychological and physical skillset.

Michelle Stöhr

Michelle

Michelle Stöhr is an Occupational Therapist, Feldenkrais practitioner and a Child Space educator. She has over 15 years experience working with a broad range of children from neonatal inpatient, early intervention, school settings and private settings in both South Africa and the USA. She has been at Support by Design in Tribeca, a pediatric clinic, for the past 8 years, is an OT consultant at Mary MacDowell middle school and maintains a private practice in Brooklyn. Michelle is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified, trained in: Craniosacral therapy, DIR (Developmental Individual differences Relationship based) Floortime approach, Therapeutic Listening and ILS (Integrated Listening System). Her therapy practice uses a holistic approach involving the entire family and not just the child.

Gabrielle Strasfogel-Ryklin

Gabrielle

Gabrielle Strasfogel-Ryklin, MSEd is an Early Childhood Special Educator and Learning Support Specialist. She holds her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education with an advanced certification in Autism. She has been an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in New York City for eleven years- and has experience in a wide range of learning styles and developmental variations, specializing in process, development and issues in Executive Functioning. Her diverse body of work ranges from direct service to family support and coaching, additionally educational evaluations, teacher mentoring and curriculum support, and most recently to running Social Skills and Play Groups in Brooklyn. She believes in a holistic approach to learning both in schools and at home and believes in the professional collaboration between the student, their teachers and family at home serves as the foundation of exponential student growth and development. Gabrielle received her Severe and Multiple Extension from Bank Street College of Education, her dual Masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Hunter College, and graduated with a Bachelors of Art from the University of Michigan.

Sharon Alkalay

Sharon

Sharon Alkalay, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 11 years of experience working with infants, toddlers and children. She received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Queens College - City University of NY and her M.S. in Speech Pathology from Adelphi University. Sharon has completed advanced trainings in the PROMPT method, ABA, Floortime, RDI, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC,) LSVT and Dysphasia/Swallowing disorders. Her special interests include language pragmatics, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders and augmentative/alternative communication. As the founder of Little Mixers, a Brooklyn-based social skills program, Sharon has worked to develop a creative social skills curriculum that incorporates both multi-sensory and behavioral learning strategies. A native New Yorker, Sharon now splits her time between her offices in Westchester and Brooklyn.

Michael Margolies

Mike

Michael Margolies joined the Speak, Learn, and Play team in the summer of 2017, as the movement instructor for the camp program. He has over 20 years of experience, working as a physical therapist, with children of all ages, in various clinical settings, including the NYC DOE, and private preschools and elementary schools in the New York area. He has been certified by the New York State Department of Health to provide Early Intervention services for New York City, and surrounding counties. Michael also worked at Maimonides Medical Center where he was assigned to the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. He received his professional degree from the University of Buffalo, and has had extensive post graduate training in NDT, sensory integration, and evaluation and treatment of disorders such as muscular dystrophy and torticollis.

Spring Break Camp

Shane at JJ Byrne Shane at JJ Byrne

We were a small but mighty group, and had a super fun week!  Take a peek at what we’ve been up to…

In movement with Renee and Jenelle, we revisited a few old favorites, and learned some new games.  We played musical spots, and worked on our bilateral coordination with scooter relays.  We gave ourselves massages using the wall, and played scarf tag.  We used the parachute to create milkshakes, and we LOVED using the body band to fling ourselves from one end of the gym to the other.

In speech groups with Jenn, we played with the food, dolls, and cars to practice conversational skills and work on turn taking.  We used board games like Guess Who, Forbidden Island, Headbands, and Would You Rather to practice executive functioning skills, conversational skills, and language processing.

In play therapy groups with Amy, we played with the food, dolls, cars, and magnet tiles to practice turning taking and sharing, and to expand our pretend play.  We used the water beads as an ocean, and had lots of fun floating toys, and burying them.  Superheroes and bad guys, and the Playmobil stuff were very popular as we explored themes related to self-esteem, belonging, and bullying.

We LOVED getting out of the office to walk to JJ Byrne playground.  We spent over an hour climbing, swinging, running, and jumping.  The trip sparked a conversation about other favorite Brooklyn spots that our campers like to visit.

We had lots of fun read-alouds this week, too:  Memoirs of a Goldfish, The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Memoirs of a Hamster.

But most of all we loved getting to play with your kids this week.  Thank you so much for sharing your break with us!

See you soon…

Amy, Jenn, Renee, and Jenelle

Athena, taking a break from tag

Athena, taking a break from tag

Aidan in the body band

Aidan in the body band

contact

540 President St., Ste. 2D, Brooklyn, NY

Speak, Learn, & Play
540 President Street, Ste. 2D
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tel: (347) 457-5900
Fax: (347) 457-5653

info@speaklearnandplay.com

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