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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Duygu Başaran ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Brooklyn Letters was recommended to me through a friend's speech therapist friend in NJ. The articulation evaluation for my daughter went well. We were pleased with Kristin's services.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kelley Peters-Patel ★★★★★ a year ago
    Melissa was wonderful. Our daughter warmed to her immediately and by the time she left, had already started "practicing" some of the techniques Melissa had shown her. I will not hesitate at all to reach out to Melissa again, should … More the need arise.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters R Elmore ★★★★★ a year ago
    Aileen was INCREDIBLY helpful to us, both in assessing possible origins of my grandson's food aversions, as well as informing us of various available interventions to consider.
    I can’t thank you and Brooklyn Letters enough for connecting
    … More us with Aileen. In all our feeding therapy journey we have not gotten anything near the kind of benefit that we did from her. Her knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness have put us on the path of progress with my grandson and has also made us feel genuinely well cared for.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Christine Weiher ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We were amazed with Allison! She met my son at 2 1/2 years old, not speaking much at all, and over a computer, and she was able to develop a bond and friendship, so much so that he would look forward to his weekly computer time with Allison. … More I was not sure how the speech therapy would go- but we are so happy that we tried it out and continued. It allowed my son to gain confidence in his speech, make a new friend :), and also give him the skills and a bit of understanding of how to shape his mouth or where to place his tongue to make the proper sounds. We were extremely happy with Allison- she was fantastic to work with.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Saffady ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    My sessions with Karen have been extremely helpful. My speech has improved tremendously. In fact, I just finished 2 hours of conducting interviews with a consulting client via MS Teams and I have an upcoming conference call. Both my … More neurologist and neurosurgeon remarked about how good my speech is. Much of the day it is perfect, although I still have some rough spots when I get tired or speak too quickly. One of my granddaughters is a speech pathology student at Ithaca College. She sat in on 2 sessions while she was home for winter break, and she was very impressed with Karen.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jacob B ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were delighted with Christie. First, and most importantly, our son made great strides under her guidance. So great, that we felt he no longer needed help! She was incredibly patient and kind with him and our son really responded to … More her. Christie was also great with me and my wife. She provided thorough and informative updates on our son's progress and which exercises she was using with him, so we could reinforce what she was teaching him. All in all, we had a fabulous experience with Christie and would highly recommend her.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jessica C ★★★★★ a year ago
    Theo was wonderful and his work with my son has produced some progress. I am grateful for the services Theo provided.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Melissa Stevens ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Highly recommend Jill. She is a total pleasure to work with. After a few months working with Jill, my son is reading above grade level and LOVES to read. Mission accomplished!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Demet Evren ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Paige was great and we had been really happy with her. I would highly recommend her! I recommend Brooklyn Letters to whomever asks for a speech therapist.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jeizel Rosenthal ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Isabel was WONDERFUL and our son absolutely adored her, and he is making great progress with his reading and writing.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Theo was fantastic with our 4yo son. We were very worried that his progress would fall off when we had to switch to remote sessions, but Theo kept our son happy and engaged through the screen. Highly highly recommend!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Samantha Packard ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We've been working with Theo from Brooklyn Letters for close to 4 months now and the results are apparent; our daughter has vastly improved her speech in a relatively short amount of time. We make "Theo Day" a celebration … More in our house with pancakes for breakfast, and the enthusiasm is matched in the sessions. Theo is fun, patient, professional, and caring, and he gives us the tools to take the lessons beyond the session. Thank you Theo, and Brooklyn Letters, for helping our daughter express herself.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Travis Ricca ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I worked with Alina to enhance my pronunciation, tone, and pacing while communicating socially and in a work environment. She was great to work with and clear about goals and learning objectives. The improvement from day 1 has been tremendous! … More
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Enrico Bermudez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Cathy has been excellent with us and our son. We will sorely miss her. He has improved significantly with Cathy’s help. Cathy was a true partner with us, especially as we pursued additional help through our son’s school system.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kayne Elisabeth Wilk ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We really loved working with Alina, she is so fantastic. Patient yet firm, and determined the best course of action very clearly and succintly for us. And it all transitioned so well to Zoom as well. I will definitely be back in touch for … More services for our other child after summer break!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jen S ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Vera was amazing! My 11 yo daughter made progress so quickly and really looked forward to her sessions. She was kept motivated and engaged.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters susie tofte ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    The work that Allison P. did with our daughter over the years has been invaluable to us. Our daughter had such a good relationship with Allison, and it allowed them to work really well together - even remotely these past 6 months. This … More year, Allison went above and beyond by helping us throughout the neuropsych eval we did, trying to re-open our daughter's IEP at her school, and eventually landing her at our chosen school. She was in contact with our daughter's teachers, with the neuropsychologist, and made herself available as a reference to speak on behalf of our daughter's learning differences.
    Allison stopped by our house last week to give our daughter cupcakes and say goodbye, and I literally cried with appreciation for what an amazing speech therapist she has been. She has been our daughter's biggest champion. The new families that she will work with this year are lucky to have her.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Alicia Perez-Katz ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Sydney was great! Our son was sad to end his sessions with her, which says a lot. We appreciated her honest assessment of his skill level, and he now has materials to self monitor and practice. Thank you!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Our experience with Theo was terrific. Theo was great with my son. He developed a positive relationship with him based on sincerity, respect, trust and a deep personal connection. In their lessons, Theo was encouraging, creative and kind. … More He helped our son understand how to differentiate the sounds he made when he spoke, and gave him great exercises to practice every week between lessons. Our son was sorry to have the lessons come to an end, but recognized that Theo had helped him as much as possible and it was time for him to stop. Theo explained to him (and us) how to keep working to get the last 5%, and encouraged him to keep working on the exercises on his own. I have recommended Theo to another parent who noticed my son's improvement and inquired for her own son.
    We are all grateful to have gotten to know Theo, and we greatly appreciate all the work he did to help our son.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Aisha Holder ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Michelle Macroy-Higgins. We are extremely pleased with her work with our daughter. I was so grateful for my daughter to have a speech therapist who is a researcher (specialty in late … More talkers), graduate professor and practitioner. Her expertise was clearly evident in our conversations and work with our daughter. She was very responsive to my questions and often sent articles and other materials about language development that I found helpful. Thankfully, my daughter's speech improved tremendously. Michelle developed such a warm relationship with my daughter. My daughter was always excited to see Michelle and would greet her at the door with a big hug. Lastly, I would add that Michelle always demonstrated empathy with me as a mother who was initially worried about her daughter's language development. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with Michelle's work."
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Theo is a wonderful Clinton Hill speech therapist. We were really pleased with him. Our son showed drastic improvement, not only in his speech but in his confidence.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters mario costa ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Alexa has been an enthusiastic, reliable, well prepared and caring teacher for our 6 year old daughter. She has been able to improve and increase our daughter's confidence lesson by lesson with patience and competence; through varied … More and productive didactic practice. Alexa has engaged our daughter in several activities that always kept her motivated and eager to learn literacy. My wife and I, both of us are educators, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe Alexa's pedagogical skills. Alexa has had a big impact on our daughter literacy growth. Thank you Brooklyn Letters!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lily Alt ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were absolutely DELIGHTED with Marsha's services. She was wonderful. We found her to be kind, fun, engaging, very knowledgeable. She provided us with clear instructions and additional written handouts each week. She engaged our … More son with different techniques and toys, and showed us how to use her techniques when we were interacting with him. I actually just texted her on Saturday - Our son finally said "more" - one of the target words we had been working on with her. It was a total joy to hear, and I had to share it with her - she wrote back immediately to congratulate us. I am so appreciative of her expertise, and wish we could have seen her for longer. I recommended her to another family in our neighborhood who is looking for a speech therapist.

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MANHATTAN, NYC ACCENT REDUCTION MODIFICATION SPEECH THERAPY

ACCENT REDUCTION MODIFICATION SPEECH THERAPY

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Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Therapists

We travel to you, and we also offer remote services. Some of our speech-language pathologists are trained in the Orton Gillingham approach. Many of our speech-language pathologists are trained in literacy and offer support with decodingspelling, and reading fluency services. Our speech-language pathologists and therapists work with babies, toddlers, school-age students, and adults with expertise in:

Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Therapists

We travel to you, and we also offer remote services. Some of our speech-language pathologists are trained in the Orton Gillingham approach. Many of our speech-language pathologists are trained in literacy and offer support with decodingspelling, and reading fluency services. Our speech-language pathologists and therapists work with babies, toddlers, school-age students, and adults with expertise in:

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TESTIMONIALS

My sessions with Karen have been extremely helpful. My speech has improved tremendously.
In fact, I just finished 2 hours of conducting interviews with a consulting client via MS Teams and
I have an upcoming conference call. Both my neurologist and neurosurgeon remarked about how
good my speech is. Much of the day it is perfect, although I still have some rough spots when
I get tired or speak too quickly. One of my granddaughters is a speech pathology student at Ithaca College.
She sat in on 2 sessions while she was home for winter break, and she was very impressed with Karen.

- Andrea Saffady

In a nutshell, an accent is simply the way an individual sounds when he or she speaks. It is a manner of pronunciation that is unique to an individual, location, or nation and is a natural part of spoken languages. Different factors make accents identifiable. They can be a reflection of one’s ethnicity and social, cultural, and geographical background.

While many factors can influence how you speak, accents are commonly grouped by:

  • Accents of National Origin: These types of accents are more common in non-native English speakers who learned English as a second language. For example, someone who only speaks English will often sound different than someone who was born in Italy and learned English later in life.
  • Regional Accents: There are parts of the country commonly associated with having stronger accents. Think New York, Texas, Boston, and other areas. Some people who move from state-to-state choose to modify how they sound.

Communication Differences

One’s geographical location influences the variation in accented speech. When an individual has a “foreign accent,” it is typically due to the influence of their first language. In such a case, a person speaks a particular language using the rules and sounds of another.

Thus, an accent is considered a communication difference as opposed to a disorder. However, there are instances wherein accented speech can interfere with effective communication. Some issues that may arise involving accented speech are:

  • difficulty being understood;
  • needing to repeat oneself frequently;
  • distraction (when the accent draws attention from the message); and
  • negative attitudes towards a particular accent.

These issues may create a negative impact on a person’s career and academic goals, self-esteem, social interactions, and daily activities (Brady, Duewer, & King, 2016; Carlson & McHenry, 2006). As such, the help of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) or other specialists (such as linguists or ESL instructors) may be sought.

However, since an accent is neither a speech nor a language disorder, the SLP’s goal is not to treat or remediate. Instead, SLPs design a program to facilitate accent modification or reduction.

Goals of Accent Modification/Reduction

Improving communication skills is the primary goal of accent modification. In many instances, this involves working on an individual’s intelligibility so that their speech is easier to understand and does not cause distraction. Accented speech can be measured using a scale that rates accentedness, intelligibility, and comprehensibility.

When setting goals with a client, it is important to set realistic expectations. Instead of trying to completely neutralize an accent or sound like a native speaker, a more achievable goal is improving intelligibility and efficiency of communication. This can be done through a program designed to develop pronunciation, syntactic, and intonation skills.

Training and Strategies

A person may choose to do accent modification training on their own with the help of apps, books, or language software. However, instructor-led training provides significant advantages, including a more individualized program and instruction, immediate feedback, and timelier progress. Instructor-led training may either be one-on-one or as part of a small group, seminars, or workshops. The sessions can be done in-person or online.

SLP roles for accent modification:

  • conducting a comprehensive assessment of communication skills that is culturally and linguistically appropriate;
  • designing modification plans, teaching pronunciation, tracking progress, and determining appropriate dismissal criteria;
  • keeping up to date on research in the field of accent modification and contributing to the advancement of knowledge about the nature and provision of accent modification services.

How an SLP will evaluate your accent:

  • The production of different sounds
  • The rhythm and intonation of your speech
  • How you sound in conversation
  • How accent impacts your daily life

At the start of accent modification training, the SLP will conduct a comprehensive check on the individual’s language history. This will include:

  • where the individual has lived and how long they have lived in that area;
  • all languages spoken by the individual;
  • the age of acquisition or when target language was first learned;
  • the context in which the target language was learned (whether in school or community);
  • length and age of exposure to each language spoken;
  • the languages used at home, at work, and in social settings.

During accent modification training, the SLP will focus on the following key areas:

Segmentals – Refers to a language’s individual sounds. Each language contains a unique set of vowels and consonants that are used and combined in distinct ways to form words.

Suprasegmentals – These are the prosodic or rhythmic features of speech, which may significantly impact one’s intelligibility when modified.

  • Stress or putting emphasis on particular parts of a syllable
  • Intonation or the vocal pitch contour or patterns that affect a word’s meaning
  • Pitch or how high or low someone’s voice is perceived
  • Timing or rhythm, which refers to the duration of sounds and pauses
  • Loudness or the speaker’s vocal intensity

Language – Pertains to an individual’s proficiency in the target language, including syntax, morphology, vocabulary, and social use.

To achieve the goals set by both the client and the SLP, the following accent modification strategies are recommended by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

  • Listen and imitate – repeating modeled sounds or speech
  • Phonetic training – teaching phonemes explicitly through descriptions and articulation
  • Minimal pair drill – differentiating similar sounds using listening discrimination and verbal production
  • Contextualized minimal pairs – differentiating similar sounds in a meaningful context
  • Visual aids – using visual cues to assist sound production
  • Tongue twisters – practicing phrases and sentences that use successive consonant sounds
  • Developmental approximation drills – using a developmental sequence in learning sounds of the target language
  • Practice vowel production and altering stress patterns
  • Reading aloud
  • Recording speech for progress monitoring, assessment, and feedback purposes
  • Auditory discrimination training

MEET OUR MANHATTAN SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPISTS AND PATHOLOGISTS WHO TRAVEL TO YOUR HOME

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KATIE S.
M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD
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THEO
M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
JUDITH
JUDITH
M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and certified singing teacher
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MAX
Ph.D., CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Alina G.
ALINA G.
M.S. CCC-SLP/TSSLD, SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Paula 1
PAULA H.
M.S. TSSLD, SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
luciana
LUCIANA
M.A., Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist
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ALEX P.
Speech-Language Therapist, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD

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