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.

The ability to self-regulate is critical for success in school, in relationships, and in life. Using the principles of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) coupled with Executive Functioning Training and Sensorimotor Therapy, we will focus on the following skills: impulse control, emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, task initiation, and organization. Group will utilize structured activities/teaching, games, and movement each week and each child will go home with concrete skills to practice throughout the week.

  • Mondays, from 4:45pm - 5:45pm
  • Ages 7 - 10 years old
  • Maximum of 6 kids per group

 

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Dyslexia is a language-based reading disorder due to a weakness in phonological processing or the way our brain recognizes and interprets sound and sound sequences. Poor phonological awareness skills result in difficulties with word recognition, decoding, and spelling. As a speech-language pathologist that is also certified in Wilson Reading System, Jennifer is in a unique position to support both the underlying language weaknesses present in dyslexia as well as provide a systematic, multi-sensory approach to reading remediation. Jennifer is able to provide a customized treatment plan that will support your child’s reading acquisition. To find out more information or schedule an appointment, please fill out the inquiry form on our contact section.
SMALL GROUP TUTORING
Project-based tutoring sessions are play-based and child-centered and incorporate science, art, engineering, and social studies/community. Children learn to formulate ideas, create plans, and develop executive function and social skills. Grouped together by academic need and learning styles, they will practice identified skills that will be integrated into an activity, game, or project.

Thursday 4:30-5:45

Friday 3:15 - 4:30

Friday 4:45 - 6:00

PRIVATE TUTORING
(Upon request) Working closely with the family and the school team, Hyeku uses a multi-sensory approach to support children with phonics, reading, math foundations, number concepts, and number relationships. Emphasizing executive functioning skills helps with working memory, inhibitory control, and mental flexibility.  

Hyeku hopes parents will feel a sense of support and care as she works to create a warm and stimulating environment for the success of all. It takes a village! 

summer camp

 

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

Summer 1 August 1 - 5, 2022 8:30am - 1:30pm
Summer 2 August 8 - 12, 2022 8:30am - 1:30pm
Summer 3 August 15 - 19, 2021 8:30am - 1:30pm

The tuition for the Summer one week sessions is $800.

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.

 

REGISTRATION FOR 2022 IS NOW CLOSED

 

social groups

Our mission for groups is to build community through play! Our social groups are play-based (following the lead and interests of each child), and are geared towards meeting each child exactly where they are. Our goals include: to build social communication, to learn more about ourselves independently and in a group, to boost confidence, to develop problem solving skills, to learn about physical and emotional regulation, and to enjoy peer interactions. We value play, and creating natural opportunities for children to have fun AND make friends.

We have a bunch of groups to choose from. Apply now, and pick the option(s) that work best for your family!

Apply for Any Group

 

PlayGroup Social Skills Groups

This is an opportunity to provide your child with a set of skills to navigate social situations in their everyday life. The group will be selected specifically to meet your child’s needs. Each group will be planned and focused on skills such as flexibility, frustration tolerance, perspective taking, stress coping, anxiety/anger management, self regulation, assertiveness, conflict resolution skills, confidence and more.

  • For kids ages 2 - 9 years
  • Meet Monday - Thursdays, during after-school hours
  • Maximum of 6 kids per group
  • Currently offering groups online AND in-person

 

Lego Group

Drawing on the Lego Serious Play and Lego-based Counseling models, this group will work to build social competence through the use of legos.  We will engage in project-based activities designed to encourage friendship and collaboration, emotion management/regulation, growth mindset, self-esteem, and mindfulness.

  • Fridays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Ages 6 - 8 years old
  • Maximum of 4 kids per group

 

Board Games Group

Board games are the perfect tool to introduce and teach social/emotional learning! Using classic games as well as new favorites, we will develop self-awareness, management of emotional responses, self-esteem, team work/collaboration, self-control, conflict resolution, making thoughtful decisions, and empathy.  

  • Fridays from 4:45pm - 6:15pm
  • Ages 7 - 11 years old
  • Maximum of 6 kids per group

 

Teen Girls' Social Skills Group

A support group for teen girls (ages 12 - 15 years old) who need support to navigate the potentially stormy waters of adolescence. We'll focus on managing friendships and relationships with family and friends, how to deal with social media and group chats, improving conversational skills, building connections with peers, and what to do when you have a crush.

  • Thursdays from 6pm - 7:15pm
  • For girls ages 12 - 16 years old
  • Maximum of 6 girls per group

 

Cooperative Play Group

Join us for a cooperative play group focusing on building confidence, communication skills, executive functioning skills, and problem solving skills through games and art projects.

  • Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:45pm (ages 7 - 10 years)
  • Fridays 4:30pm - 5:45pm (ages 7 - 10 years)
  • Fridays 6pm - 7:15pm (ages 7 - 14 years)

 

Apply for Any Group

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.

Becky Thomas

Becky

Becky Thomas attended SUNY Cortland where she achieved her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. After working as a first grade ICT teacher in a Brooklyn Public School she began her master’s in Infancy and Family Development with Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College. Since graduating she has worked with Head Start and as a SEIT throughout the city. She helped found the Meeting House Jr’s social skills program and worked at the Bank Street Buddies social skills program. Becky also provides professional development to other SEITs and teachers while always expanding her repertoire of teaching tools.

Krista Wilbur

Krista

Krista Wilbur has over 10 years of experience working with children with special needs through Bank Street College of Education. Krista has a range of experience including as a classroom teacher, a SEIT, and SEIT supervisor. She has also led social groups for children 2-5 years old for over three years. She received her Masters in Education from Bank Street College where she studied Infant and Parent Development Early Childhood and Special Education. She also has her certification in DIR/Floortime. One of Krista’s main objectives is to create meaningful experiences for each individual child. Krista’s interest in yoga and mindful practices inform her work and these practices are used to connect children with their inner strengths. She enjoys finding these foundational elements and working with them to aid personal growth. She is a parent of two young children and lives in Brooklyn NY.

Renee Cogorno

Renee

Renee has been working with children supporting their learning and development for the past 15 years. After receiving her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from NYU, she has worked in a classroom setting as a SEIT and in a small group setting, running PlayGroup sessions. Renee’s methodology to teaching and learning is rooted in a child centered approach and driven by finding how each child thinks and communicates, while also forming connections to build trust.

Hyeku Song

Hyeku

Hyeku has been working with young children since 2005. She graduated from NYU in 2012 with a Master of Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education degree where she taught in the NYC public school system in both general education and Integrated Co-teaching (ICT) classrooms. The increasing necessity for individualized instruction or more tailored learning experiences outside the classroom led Hyeku to develop “Teaching Brooklyn,” a tailored, small group tutoring experience. This is similar to what children experience in school during large-group sessions (for example social studies, science, or project times). In this program, she offers a smaller and more comfortable setting and varied learning paces.

Setting Yourself Up for Summer Success

 

Ahhhh….  Summer is almost here.  Warm temps.  Lazy days.  A break from the usual routine.

But for many kids and families, summer can bring new stresses and worries.  Will my child make it through camp?  How will we deal with our upcoming vacation?  Will they lose skills that they gained this year?  How will we manage so much unstructured time?

Although planning might seem like the antithesis of the carefree summer vibe your family is hoping to have, a little groundwork will set the stage for the relaxation you’re all craving.

 

1. Pull out the calendar

I know, I know.  You have everything on a digital calendar already.  But there’s something satisfying about being able to actually see how your plans are coming together on paper.  AND, a paper calendar can be hung on the fridge (or somewhere else in your home where everyone can see it).  I like to print a blank calendar for June, July, and August as a place to start.  

Once your calendar is printed, write down all of your important dates.  Any vacations, out-of-town visitors, important work dates, doctors’ appointments, holidays, and summer camps should be added now.  

2.  Set summer goals

Once all of your important dates are on the calendar, it’s time for a little reflection.  What goals does each member of the family have for the summer?  Think about individual goals, family goals, and professional goals.  Family goals might include taking a long bike ride together, visiting some historical sites, or exploring a new park.  Individual goals might include reading a certain number of books, walking a certain number of miles, or learning a new skill (i.e. how to do a cartwheel, learning a new language, or shoe tying).  Professional goals might include completing a big project or trying to limit your work hours to X number per week so that you can spend more time with your family.

As you’re brainstorming, do not edit yourself or your child.  Create a summer bucket list, and write down every idea (no matter how outlandish or impossible it seems).  In order to get your child’s buy-in for a summer plan, they will need to feel as though you are taking them seriously.

3.  Consider your child care needs

Now that you have your summer calendar and your summer goals set, this is a good time to take a look at your childcare needs.  What weeks will your child be in camp?  Are there weeks that they’ll be home and need care?  Do you need someone to take your child to camp/pick them up?  Is there an “early bird” or “late bird” pick-up option?  The earlier you start planning, the more chances you’ll have in finding the right options for your family.

Many parents are fortunate enough to have flexibility in working from home some or most days during the summer.  This may seem like the perfect solution to your childcare needs.  And, for some children, that may work out well.  However, for many children, having their parent(s) home but not available is actually more stressful and anxiety-provoking than having a sitter or being in camp.  When you’re coming up with your child care plan, think about who your child is:  Can they entertain themselves?  How will you feel if they’re on screens/devices for extended periods of time?  Do you have the sort of job that requires sustained focus or frequent meetings?  It may save your own sanity to hire a sitter (or create a child care swap with other families) to know that you can get your work done and your child will not be disrupting your workday.

4. Create a list of go-to activities

We all know that at some point in the summer, you’re going to hear those dreaded words:  “I’m booorrreedd.  There’s nothing to dooooo!”  For many children, screens/devices are exciting ways to entertain themselves, and there’s very little that can compete with that type of stimulation.  And nothing is going to sound fun when you start listing options in the moment.

However, you can plan for this, too.  Start with how much screen time is acceptable to your family.  Do this with your child.  How much screen time do they think they need per day/week?  What are their reasons for that number?  What are your family values, and where does screen time fit into those values?  Negotiate a time limit that you can both live with, and then talk about what else they can do to fill their time.  I like to create a “menu” with kids, including activities that they enjoy.  I love this formula.  

And be sure to plan time for family time.  Time to take a bike ride or a walk together.  Or complete a craft.  Or play a board game.  The number one thing that kids tell me that they wish for is to spend more time with their parents.  

As you plan your summer with the kids, go easy on yourself. Leave some room in your schedule for spontaneous activities. Trying to plan every minute of the summer is not only time-consuming and exhausting, but it also can hem you in too much. Part of the beauty of summer is the fact that it’s often unstructured and full of possibilities.

So, map out your schedule, get childcare lined up, and plan a few outings, but also allow some room for last-minute decisions. Given the flexibility, your summer with the family can take you in some exciting directions. Plus, you might even develop a few traditions along the way.

          

careers

Come join our team!

We are always looking to work with like-minded professionals. If you are looking to start your own part-time or full-time pediatric private practice, then Speak, Learn and Play is the place for you! Speak, Learn and Play is a collaborative therapy practice where therapists run their own private practices but have the benefit of working alongside other professionals to facilitate a team approach. We have a fully equipped sensory gym ideal for both occupational and physical therapies. Separate treatment rooms are also available for rental. There are ample opportunities for cross-referrals and networking. We offer half-day and full-day rentals, seven days a week. For more information, please email us at speaklearnandplaybrooklyn@gmail.com.

The therapists at Speak Learn and Play are committed to helping prospective and newer members to our various fields of practice. Current and prospective high school, undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to shadow our therapists. We also offer volunteer opportunities at our Summer Camp for those looking to get practical experience in pediatric speech, occupational and play therapy. Please email speaklearnandplaybrooklyn@gmail.com to apply.

COVID

In-Person Services

Dear Families,

We are welcoming any family who would like to have in-person therapy. We are taking numerous precautions to keep you and our staff safe. Please review our new in office procedures.

Masks:
Masks are required in all common areas of the building and the office at all times. New face masks are available at the office if needed.

Closed Waiting Room:
Our waiting room is closed at this time. Your therapist will meet your child in the hallway and accompany them into the space. For children 2 and under, one parent is able to accompany their child to their session. Masks must be worn at all times.

Temperature/Health Screening:
All clients will have their temperature taken and recorded at the door. Parents/guardians will be required to fill out a health questionnaire. Clients are asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the space. Clients will also be required to sign a COVID acknowledgement of Risk form prior to starting therapy. Copies of these documents will be provided digitally and at the office prior to your first session. 

Scattered schedules:
Schedules are scattered as much as possible to allow for safe drop-off and pick-up.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures:
Every therapy room is cleaned and sanitized between clients. Therapists are given additional time to clean and sanitize surfaces, toys and materials. Whenever possible, clients will have their own set of materials.  Each therapy room contains an UV light air purifier.

Staff Safety:
Staff is required to record their temperature and fill out the daily health questionnaire. As per New York State guidelines, therapists undergo monthly, routine COVID tests.

Office Closures:
Speak, Learn, and Play will remain open for in-person therapy unless our zip code is declared a red zone by Governor Cuomo. At that time, all services will be provided remotely until we are safely allowed to reopen.

TeleHealth

Speak, Learn and Play is excited to announce tele-therapy sessions for Counseling, Speech Therapy, and remote participation for Social Skills Groups. Virtual sessions are tailored to meet the individual needs of your child and family. In addition to therapy sessions and social skills groups, families can set up consultations, evaluations and parent meetings/education sessions to be conducted remotely.

Tele-therapy/Remote sessions have been proven to be an effective method for delivering quality services while maintaining social distancing practices. For more information or to schedule an appointment please fill out the form on our contact page.

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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