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 to teach skills. Participants will go home with concrete skills to practice throughout the week.

  • Saturdays, 10am - 12:30pm
  • 4-week "intensive" session
  • Ages 7 - 10 years 
  • Limited to six children
  • $1000 (payment plan available)


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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.

Pediatric occupational therapists provide treatment to help children meet developmental milestones, overcome sensory challenges and improve self-care, play and self-regulation skills. Occupational therapy can help your child in the following areas:

  • Moving (fine motor skills like using the small muscles of their hands).
  • Learning (cognitive skills).
  • Playing (social and emotional skills).
  • Activities of daily living (dressing and feeding).
  • Skills needed for their education (pre-writing, writing and scissor skills)

To find out more information or schedule an appointment, please fill out the inquiry form on our contact section.

summer camp


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

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.


How many kids are in each session?
We take 10 kids maximum per session.  For some parts of the day, we will break the kids up into smaller groups of 4 - 6 campers/group, and for some parts of the day, we work together in a larger group.
What are the ages of the kids?
We currently take kids who are 5 - 10 years old.  
Are you always in the office?
Camp takes place at Speak, Learn, & Play (540 President Street, Suite 2D, between 3rd and 4th Aves).  We are in a loft space of 2200 square feet, and kids use our sensory gym, offices, and staff area for activities.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we go to a nearby park (weather permitting).
What is the schedule?
We meet Monday - Friday, from 8:30am - 1:30pm.
  • 8:30am - Warm-up, Morning Meeting
  • 9am - Small Group (either fine motor or social/emotional)
  • 10am - Snack and Story
  • 10:30am - Small Group (either fine motor or social/emotional)
  • 11:30am - Large Group Movement
  • 12pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm - Choice Time
  • 1:25pm - Goodbye Circle
  • 1:30 – Dismissal
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting, we go to the park from 9am - 10:30am.
Do you offer early bird/after camp care?
No, unfortunately we are not staffed to offer care outside of the 8:30am - 1:30pm schedule.
Who staffs the camp?
The camp is organized and led by Amy Weber (Clinical Social Worker) and Renee Ortega (Occupational Therapist).  We also have volunteers (typically high school/college kids who are interested in pursuing a career in therapy), as well as some junior counselors.
What kind of kids usually come to your camp?
The kids that come to our camp are typically diagnosed with ADHD, Mild/Moderate Autism, Anxiety, Trauma, Social/Communication Disorders, and/or Learning Disabilities.  Children must be fully toilet trained (and able to verbalize this need), and able to feed themselves independently.  
I want to send my child with a SEIT/Para/1:1.  Is that okay?
Sorry, no.  We do not allow additional staff to attend with children.  Our experience is that our camp is small enough to meet the needs of most children without additional hands, and outside staff typically disrupt the flow of our day and hinder a child’s capacity to socialize with peers.
What are you focusing on during the camp day?
We are primarily focused on social/emotional development, communication development, fine motor development, and gross motor development.  We use play, obstacle courses, art projects, games, etc to build these skills.
Do you offer scholarships/tuition assistance?
Unfortunately, no.  Because our camp is so small, we are unable to offer tuition assistance or scholarships at this time.
Do you offer transportation?
Unfortunately, no.  Because our camp is so small, we are unable to offer any sort of transportation to or from camp.
Is camp reimbursable by insurance?
We can provide you with a Super Bill with all necessary codes to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Is camp reimbursable by the Department of Education?
We have some families successfully get reimbursed by the DOE for their camp fees.  We are happy to work with your lawyer to make sure you have the documentation that you need.
Will I get feedback about how my child is doing?
Yes!  At the end of the week, Amy and Renee will give you a written progress report with observations and things to practice at home.  You will also receive a newsletter, summarizing our activities and skills for the week.


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.

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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


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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 Speak, Learn, & Play's founders:

Amy Weber


Amy Weber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families, both as a clinician and an administrator. Amy has post-graduate certificates in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute and infant-parent psychotherapy from the Jewish Board for Families and Children's Services. She has extensive training in DIR/Floortime, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Executive Functioning, SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), Collaborative Problem Solving, and trauma-focused therapy. She is co-founder of Speak, Learn, and Play. She is the author of a children's book: Gratitude Is Your Super Power. Amy sees children for individual and group therapy. She also offers parent coaching.

Jennifer Volpe


Jennifer Volpe is a New York State licensed speech pathologist with over 15 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). Jennifer also holds a Certification as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through the Center of Effective Reading Research and Dyslexia Practitioner through the Wilson Reading System. Jennifer provides speech and language therapy in all areas, focusing on language-based learning disabilities. Jennifer works with children ages birth to adolescence. Trainings include certification in the Wilson Reading System, PROMPT, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Basic Writing Skills.

Anna Goldstein


Anna Goldstein, MS, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who has been working in the field since 2017. She received her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from New York University, and enjoys working with children of all ages. She has extensive experience working in a variety of settings such as home-based Early Intervention, CPSE preschools, special education private schools, and privately in the home. She has worked with children and young adults with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairments, Genetic and Chromosomal Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Global Developmental Delays, and Sensory Processing Disorder. She is trained in a variety of evidence-based techniques such as Handwriting Without Tears, Keyboarding Without Tears, Sensory Integration, NDT, DIR/Floortime, and Zones of Regulation. She values interdisciplinary collaboration and communicates with her clients’ school team and any outside providers to ensure continuity of care. She believes in making therapy fun and engaging!

2023 Holiday Gift Guides

Happy Holidays!  Our child therapist-approved gift guides are here to inspire you to choose gifts that foster genuine connections and emotional well-being.  Whether you’re shopping for your own children, nieces and nephews, or the kids of friends and family, our Holiday Gift Guides have something for every age group.

From games that promote cooperation and teamwork to books that explore emotions and differences, we’ve handpicked a collection of gifts that are not only fun, but also contribute to the growth and development of the young ones in your life.

So, let’s dive into our selections of gifts!  Starting with toddlers:

Toddler Gift Guide

Kids 4-6

  • 1 Hoot Owl Hoot!
    • This game helps kids learn simple strategies and places focus on following directions and taking turns. 
  • 2 Concept Kids
    • Helps kids practice describing skills, deductive reasoning, and listening comprehension skills
  • 3 Classic Legos
    • Enhances kids’ creativity, construction, and engineering skills.
  • 4 Slimy Sand
    • This slimy sand provides a sensory experience that relieves stress and strengthens fine motor skills!
  • 5 Hexbug Nano
    • Hex bugs and tracks promote creativity and learning with these toy building sets and are the perfect sensory toy for kids.
  • 6 Headbanz Junior
    • Younger kids will develop their deductive reasoning skills with the game’s simple question and answer method.
  • 7 Outfoxed
    • We love how this game supports group problem solving, strategizing, and listening to your partners.
  • 8 Magnet Tiles
    • These help develop a strong sense of color and geometrical shapes while practicing creativity.

Kids 6-8

  • 1 Max and the Midknights
    • Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious illustrated novel.
  • 2 Labyrinth
    • Labyrinth uses a clever board design to create a series of ever-changing mazes.
  • 3 Jenga
    • Just about everyone will enjoy this fun, challenging game.
  • 4 Captain Underpants
    • Author, Dav Pilkey, has dyslexia.  These are a hit with boys!
  • 5 Playmobil City Life Hospital Wing
    • Playmobil is notorious for imaginative play.
  • 6 Gnomes at Night
    • This game is great at developing kids’ effective communication skills while using descriptive language.
  • 7 The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
    • This is a picture book about a girl diagnosed with autism.
  • 8 Tightrope
    • Tightrope is a great way to practice fine motor skills, impulse control, frustration tolerance, planning and prioritizing, and flexible thinking.  AND it’s super fun!

Kids 8-10

  • 1 Cat Crimes
    • Kids practice critical reasoning and logical deduction as they solve challenges. 
  • 2 Scattergories the Card Game
    • Kids practice quick thinking and fast word retrieval skills while having fun.
  • 3 Distraction
    • This game strengthens kids’ working memory and improves their recall.
  • 4 Fluxx
    • Flexible Thinking!  A brilliant card game with ever changing rules! 
  • 5 Connect 4 Spin
    • This game is great for strategy, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.  Spinning the board is incredibly satisfying!
  • 6 Superfight
    • Kids practice their reasoning, debate, and descriptive language skills. 
  • 7 Headbanz
    • Kids will develop their deductive reasoning skills with the game’s simple question and answer method. They will also practice their critical thinking skills by coming up with questions that will lead to answers!
  • 8 Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
    • This is a social card game that will keep your mind guessing!

  • 1 The Westing Game
    • This book is full of word games, disguises, and multiple aliases to keep kids guessing!
  • 2 Extreme Dot to Dot
    • These coloring workbooks stimulate kids’ minds while entertaining.
  • 3 Pax
    • A novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox.
  • 4 A Kind of Spark
    • This book unpacks what it means to have autism.
  • 5 Caleb and Kit
    • A story about the meaning of friendship and coping with disability. 
  • 6 Hummingbird
    • Olive is tired of being seen as “fragile” just because she has brittle bone disease.
  • 7 Stuck
    • Austin, the new kid in school, struggles to read.
  • 8 Roll with It
    • A young girl has to suddenly be the new kid at school— who’s also in a wheelchair.

Kids 10+

  • 1 Abducktion
    • A weirdly strategic duck kidnapping game using mind-bending, shape-finding logic!
  • 2 Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
    • This is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth.
  • 3 I’m a Little Crabby
    • This is a great game to focus on teamwork.
  • 4 Forbidden Island
    • This game enhances strategic thinking, problem solving, and cooperation.
  • 5 3D Puzzle
    • 3D puzzles support a child’s development as they play while building skills such as concentration and creativity.
  • 6 Al Capone Does My Shirts
    • This is a historical fiction book with a hint of mystery about living at Alcatraz not as a prisoner, but as a kid.
  • 7 Coup
    • A game of strategy.
  • 8 Betrayal at House on the Hill
    • This is a tabletop game of strategy and horror. 


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

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 to apply.


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

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