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Google review, Brooklyn LettersBrooklyn Letters (Online Speech Language Therapy, Literacy & Math Tutoring)

1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

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  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ a week 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 ★★★★★ 2 months 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 ★★★★★ 5 months 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 ★★★★★ 4 months 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 ★★★★★ 9 months 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ 9 months 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 Jacob B ★★★★★ a year 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 Kristin Ames ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ 2 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 ★★★★★ a year 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, READING LITERACY DECODING SPELLING ASSESSMENT EVALUATION

Manhattan, NYC, reading literacy decoding spelling assessment evaluation.

Reading Literacy Decoding Spelling Assessment Evaluation – Before a child learns to read and write, he or she must first become phonologically aware. This means being able to grasp that words are made up of smaller units of sounds or phonemes. Phonological awareness enables us to break down words into smaller sounds and construct entire words using those sounds. By making associations between each letter and its corresponding sound, we acquire the ability to read. Children must understand that there is a correlation between letters and sounds in order to master sound-symbol association. Reading and writing require decoding and encoding skills. This means a child must master both the visual to auditory relationship between letters and sounds (decoding/reading) and the auditory to visual relationship (encoding/writing).

The Five Pillars of Reading emphasize the importance of phonemic awareness and phonics in developing foundational literacy skills in young learners. When a child understands that words are made up of and can be broken down into phonemes, then he or she has gained phonemic awareness. In other words, phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the sounds we hear in words. On the other hand, phonics refers to the understanding that printed letters or graphemes represent sounds. When children have gained mastery of phonics, they can sound out new or unfamiliar words on their own.

 

READING LITERACY DECODING SPELLING ASSESSMENT EVALUATION

We offer a wide range of literacy assessments provided by our literacy specialists and staff. Based on your child’s needs, we will determine which assessment tools work best for your child. These evaluations are offered remotely and in-person. Through these assessments, we can identify the decoding (putting written sounds together) and encoding (breaking apart sounds in words) strengths and areas of growth for each student and measure phonemic awareness, fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.

With early readers, literacy teachers focus on letter and sound identification in isolation and within words. Students will identify initial, medial, and final sounds in various single and multi-syllabic words. They are also asked to read so teachers can check for fluency, expression, prosody, and word accuracy.  Our specialists also take a closer look at spelling by giving students a list of words that fall under these categories, decodable words (words that follow the spelling rules), nonsense words (words that follow the spelling rules but are made up), and sight words (words that do not follow the spelling rules). Our reading specialists then create a plan for how to help each student improve his or her spelling.

Students are assessed using several researched-based programs, such as the Dibels or EasyCBM. We also use the WADE to identify goals. The Words Their Way Assessment gauges encoding ability by building in complexity as the assessment progresses, helping to identify the sounds and spelling patterns that are presenting as a difficulty for the student being assessed.

We also use the i-Ready assessment to supplement and to fill in for learning gaps you might need to be addressed to supplement your child’s academics. When you sign up for lessons through Brooklyn Letters, you will have access to the i-Ready Personalized Instruction, offering your child engaging online lessons, intuitive instructional reports, and a motivating student dashboard that encourages student involvement, ownership of learning, and a growth mindset.

Here’s an example of an  i-Ready assessment you will receive for your child.

Additional literacy assessments can be conducted by our language pathologists/therapists if the child is experiencing expressive and receptive language difficulties and reading comprehension difficulties when decoding skills are intact.

LITERACY TUTORING

For literacy tutoring by our literacy teachers, a non-therapeutic service, we need up-to-date goals. Literacy tutoring performed by our literacy specialists is not eligible for insurance reimbursement.

If the literacy intervention cannot be justified by an ICD-10 code (see above), the literacy intervention is considered educational and can be performed by our literacy teachers. New York State believes the ICD-10 code for dyslexia is educational (learning) and not as a Communicative Disorder, e.g. Language Disorder. One day New York State will update their position on dyslexia. Please note that most neuropsychological evaluations do not include decoding and encoding (spelling goals); they mention the need for decoding and encoding intervention. If literacy goals are not included in the neuropsychological evaluation, our first session(s) will include creating these goals. Also, many schools use their methods or commercialized products for creating literacy goals. Unfortunately, some of these tools are not up-to-date with current scientific standards (it’s Corporate America ). Fortunately, we use up-to-date assessment tools to reliably identify where your child needs help. Overall, you are in good hands with us, and we will guide you along the way!

If you have up-to-date evaluations/assessments and goals, you can most likely skip reading the rest of this page.

If you are not interested in our intervention services but just need an assessment/evaluation/consultation, we also offer evaluation services!

TIER 1 EVALUATIONS & ASSESSMENTS (HOME, SCHOOL) PERFORMED BY LITERACY SPECIALISTS/TEACHERS

Decoding & Spelling Assessments

$200-$300 Decoding and Spelling (Encoding)

These include at least a one-hour in-home visit where we meet you and your child, a review of previous reports, testing, etc., and within ten business days a 1.5- to 3-page report with professional impressions, recommendations, and goals (if services are recommended). These evaluations are not diagnostic in nature and are best for tutoring purposes for creating decoding and spelling goals. Low test scores will indicate that the parent should follow up with a psychologist for additional testing (we can recommend them to you!).

Our Literacy Teachers cannot produce ICD-10 codes as they are not licensed therapists.

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