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Speech in The City is a licensed and professional pediatric speech therapy and feeding therapy practice in New York City. Speech in The City provides speech and language therapy for brain-based disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, orofacial myology disorders, feeding disorders, and more! We provide private speech therapy, school trainings, direct-training to student clinicians, and parent coaching. Follow along with us @speechinthecityLLC
Rebecca Taskin M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, ATP, is a licensed pediatric speech and language pathologist with a background in neuroscience. She launched Speech in The City in 2019 and since then the practice has since grown into a multi-clinician clinic. Her research has focused on attention, memory, and cognition and she has contributed to several academic papers on these topics. Rebecca is a certified member of ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and holds a New York State TSSLD license (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities).
Rebecca is certified in PROMPT therapy as a motor planning intervention for children with speech-sound disorders, and has worked with children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Angelman’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Pallister-Killian Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, Infantile Strokes and Seizures, Dandy-Walker Syndrome, Sturge-Weber Syndrome, and various genetic disorders.
Rebecca is a trained feeding therapist and has taken courses from the renowned Debra Beckman and Diane Bahr, on treatment techniques in feeding and swallowing disorders. She works with babies and young adults who have different types of swallowing disorders, from sensory impairments to motor disorders. She assess, treats, and manages different types of dysphagia, collaborating with nutritionists, physicians, and parents to work towards meaningful outcomes. Rebecca has been the lead therapist on several g-tube and ng-tube weans. Rebecca is trained in several methods for sensory feeding therapy including the SOS Approach to Feeding.
Rebecca has studied alongside Dr. Susan Langmore at Boston College and is certified in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) treatment. She is trained in the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders for speech and swallowing by the IAOM (tongue tie, lip tie, buccal tie, thumb sucking, tongue thrust, etc.). Rebecca is currently working on a dual certification COM/QOM in orofacial myology under the IAOM with a Qualification in Orofacial Myology (QOM).
Rebecca’s internship and fellowship years were spent at a pediatric school for children ages 5 -21 with severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI). There, she worked with many types of feeding and oral motor disorders. Presently, Rebecca works part-time at a school for children with severe to profound multiple disabilities. Her clients have a variety of brain-based language and communication disorders including apraxia, dyslexia, stuttering, cerebral palsy, aphasia, and different genetic & seizure disorders. During her internship years, Rebecca spent time at the Downtown Brooklyn Speech and Hearing Clinic, where she studied articulation and fluency disorders. She has taken courses from Pam Marshalla, a thought leader for years in the treatment of articulation and sound disorder. Rebecca has a literacy background, and has taken Wilson Reading Fundations.
Rebecca specializes in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and has taken several courses and seminars from leaders in the space including Dr. Caroline Musselwhite and Linda Burkhardt. She has extensive experience with PRC and Tobii Dynavox Products, as well as various related software. She evaluates, assesses, and treats children and young adults who use assistive technology, including evaluations and trials for switch site and device access, and treatment plans for use with high-and-low-tech speech generating devices (SGD). She has developed and implemented treatment with tangible symbols for children with visual impairments including blindness and CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment). Currently, Rebecca is back in school working on her TVI (Teacher for Visually Impaired) license from Hunter college.
Rebecca is trained in a variety of holistic treatment methods and dynamic models, such as Rhythmic Movement Therapy (Level 1) and speech therapy in the pool on which she has presented on and implemented programs for children in New York City. Rebecca is a tinkerer and has developed adapted toys and equipment for children and young adults with movement disorders.
In her free time, Rebecca volunteers at the Friendship Circle on the Upper East side, and serves on the Leadership Circle at the Jewish Museum. She volunteers with adults with developmental disabilities, working with them to develop skills to increase independence in ADL (Activities of Daily Living). She serves as the chair of the Early Intervention and Pediatric Dysphagia Panel for NYSSLHA (New York State Speech Language Hearing Association). Follow Rebecca on instagram @rebtaskslp
Jesse M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a New York State certified speech-language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds a New York State Certificate for Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Jesse obtained a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from La Salle University and a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Disability Studies from the University of Delaware.
Jesse has provided therapeutic services for children and young adults exhibiting motor speech disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, learning disabilities, pragmatic language disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, as well as children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and more. Additionally, Jesse has worked with clients using a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
Furthermore, Jesse is DTTC and PROMPT trained and is working toward her certification in the application of PROMPT. She also has experience with DIR Floortime, Natural Language Acquisition (NLA), and Gestalt Language Processors (GLPs). She is passionate about the Natural Language Acquisition approach for individuals exhibiting delayed echolalia as well as implementing a child/person-led approach within her treatment sessions. Jesse believes in a team approach to therapy and encourages collaboration with parents, teachers, and other therapists, when applicable, to provide the most encouraging and successful environment for her clients.
Molly M.A. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, received her Master of Science from Indiana University. Throughout her graduate internships, she gained invaluable clinical practice in both academic and healthcare settings. She especially enjoyed her time in elementary schools, where she created fun and engaging activities for individuals and small groups.
Molly has experience with adult and pediatric populations in the areas of expressive and receptive language delays and disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), aphasia, cognitive communication disorders, and dysphagia.
She currently treats toddlers through adolescent years. Many of the kids she works with have different types of swallowing disorders, from sensory impairments, processing challenges, language delays to motor disorders. She assess, treats, and manages different types of dysphagia. She works with various eating challenges in the home and in the school.
Molly loves to learn and is particularly interested in Orofacial Myology, and is currently working on a certification COM in orofacial myology under the IAOM. Molly is DTTC and PROMPT trained and working towards her certification in the application of PROMPT. Molly recently moved to New York City and enjoys spending her free time exploring the city and finding the best coffee shops. Follow Molly on TikTok @Meirinbe
Deborah M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, is a licensed speech and language pathologist with 10 years of experience working with both children and adults with speech, language, communication, feeding, and cognitive disorders. Throughout her career she has worked in schools, clinics, homecare, skilled nursing facilities, and she is currently an adjunct professor at St. John’s University. Deborah is a certified member of ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and holds a New York State TSSLD license (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities). She received her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology both from St. John’s University. Throughout her career, she gained invaluable clinical practice in both academic and healthcare settings. Deborah has a special interest in preschool speech and language disorders.
Deborah is DTTC and PROMPT trained and working towards her certification in the application of PROMPT. She has experience with adult and pediatric populations in the areas of expressive and receptive language delays and disorders, processing disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), aphasia, cognitive communication disorders, and dysphagia.
Deborah is the author and illustrator of the speech therapy coloring book series,Color in Speech. When she’s not doing therapy, Deborah and co host Maria Kotsonis have a weekly Speech Therapy podcast on iTunes and Spotify called SLPs Wine and Cheese. If you’d like to see Deborah’s sessions in action, she posts daily videos to her Instagram account @deborahbrooksslp. Deborah is passionate about all things SPEECH and she’s thrilled to be part of the team at Speech in the City.
Dr. Elaine, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CLC, is a passionate speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties. She obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2015. Dr. Tierney received her master’s and clinical doctorate degrees from Northwestern University. She has extensive experience working with children ages 0-21 years old with a variety of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, prematurity, autism, sensory processing, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Down syndrome, Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, Infantile spasms, cortical visual impairment, and genetic disorders in early intervention, home health, outpatient clinics, and inpatient rehabilitation settings.
She is trained in several methods for feeding therapy including the SOS Approach to Feeding by Dr. Kay Toomey, Get Permission Approach by Marsha Dunn Klein, courses for medically fragile infants with Catherine Shaker and Erin Ross, and trauma informed care. Dr. Tierney collaborates with medical teams to manage feeding tubes, and tracheostomy tubes and speaking valves. Dr. Tierney supports the medical, nutritional, oral motor skills, and psychosocial components of pediatric feeding disorders like picky eating, choking/gagging, poor weight gain, difficulties transitioning to solid foods, and tube weaning. As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Dr. Tierney assists parents and caregivers in breast/chestfeeding support such as latch assessment, nipple pain, pumping, milk supply and bottle feeding.
Dr. Tierney promotes total communication using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) such as high-tech devices, sign language, pictures, and adaptive switch toys. Dr. Tierney is a leading pediatric feeding therapist who uses responsive feeding techniques to empower parents and caregivers in the therapy process.
Dr. Tierney has published research on teletherapy and presented at local, state and national conferences for pediatric feeding disorders. She loves teaching graduate students and clinical fellow therapists. In her free time, Dr. Tierney enjoys trying new restaurants, running, and her Goldendoodle puppy, Wrigley. Follow Dr. Tierney on Instagram @elainetierneyslp
Ilyssa M.A. CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a certified speech and language pathologist with a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and holds a New York State TSSLD License (teacher of students with speech and language disabilities). After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from SUNY Buffalo, Ilyssa received a scholarship from the New York City Department of Education to pursue her masters degree in Communication Disorders from Mercy College.
Ilyssa has experience working with people aged 3-21 in a variety of settings including schools, private practices, and hospitals. Ilyssa currently works for the NYC DOE with students aged 4-11 with autism spectrum disorder, phonological and articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, and is proficient in helping her students use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Ilyssa has a strong interest in motor speech disorders and is PROMPT trained. She keeps speech fun and engaging by using play-based therapy in order to learn about her student’s likes and dislikes, and builds meaningful connections with both the students and their families to ensure skills are carried over in the home.
Debbie M.A. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist based in New York City. Debbie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Queens College, CUNY. She received a merit based scholarship, and soon after received her Master’s degree from Long Island University. She holds a New York State TSSLD license (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities).
Her graduate internships were at a child learning center, Speech in the City, and at a school for children aged 5 to 21 with multiple disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and orthopedic disorders. Throughout her graduate internships, Debbie was supervised by Rebecca and trained under her clinical expertise. She participated in many clinical evaluations for AAC, articulation, oral facial myology, and language, and has helped children receive insurance coverage for their AAC devices. Additionally, Debbie has treated children with Cortical Visual Impairment. During her clinical fellowship, Debbie is looking forward to growing as a clinician in all areas and becoming PROMPT certified.
Some of her interests include going to the beach, trying new food, and graphic design. Follow her on Instagram, where she posts all her fun and engaging therapy ideas @speechwithdebbie!
Elizabeth M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a New York State certified speech-language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). She is licensed from the New York State Office of the Professions and holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate from the New York State Education Department, as well as a Speech-Language Pathology Certificate from The New York State Department of Health. Elizabeth obtained a Master’s Degree from New York University in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology with a Special Education Minor from Loyola University Maryland.
Elizabeth has experience conducting comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and providing group and individualized therapy to pediatric and adult clients with impairments in articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language, cognition, and social pragmatics. Elizabeth currently works within District 75 of the New York City Department of Education (DOE), which is made up of specialized schools designed to teach and help students with disabilities. During her time within the NYC DOE, Elizabeth has worked with students from Pre-K through 8th grade and has valuable experience working with students who have hearing impairments, speech and language impairments, emotional disturbance, and an autism diagnosis with a wide range of skills and communicative abilities, including the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems.
Elizabeth is particularly interested in motor speech disorders and is PROMPT trained. Elizabeth uses a play-based approach to create an engaging and collaborative learning environment that focuses on children’s individual needs and interests.
Rachel M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a New York State certified speech-language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) granted by the American Speech- Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds a New York State Certificate for Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Rachel obtained a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University.
Rachel has experience working with children with complex communication needs (CCN), ranging from Early Intervention to young adults. She has an interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and she completed a master’s thesis with an emphasis on providing training for graduate SLP students to implement literacy instruction for individuals with CCN who use AAC to communicate.
She currently works at a private school with students with expressive/receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Rachel is PROMPT trained and DTTC trained. She enjoys taking continuing education courses to further her knowledge on speech sound disorders, dysphagia, AAC, executive functioning, and sensory integration. Rachel implements a play-based approach in her treatment sessions and enjoys collaborating with families to further support them through their speech journey as a team!