Helping every child achieve their greatness and become a rising star
Donna has over 10 years experience working with children ranging from under 2 years of age to teenagers. Her work includes treating children with a variety of speech and language needs. Areas of expertise include articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, receptive and expressive language delay, auditory and language processing, apraxia, oral motor, autism spectrum disorder, early intervention and executive function.
Donna received her Masters degree from State University of New York at Fredonia. She is ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) certified and a New York and Connecticut licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She is also PROMPT trained.
Donna's enthusiasm, energy and outgoing personality are immediately evident. She thrives on helping children attain their speech and language goals, and supports the parents, caregivers and teachers to do the same. She understands how to motivate children and make the sessions fun.
Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Children often have difficulty saying specific sounds, for example the "s" sound or the "r" sound, when speaking. Different sounds are acquired at different ages. Therefore, by assessing a child's sound development, it can be determined whether articulation therapy is needed. Donna has worked with many preschool, school aged as well as older children with articulation and phonological delays and disorders which has granted her the experience to work with your child with articulation and phonological difficulties. Visual, tactile, verbal and auditory support are used within the sessions to ensure success with your child.
Language Delays and Disorders
Children sometimes are unable to answer a question or express themselves or follow directions. Donna has worked with children who have expressive language delays/disorders and receptive language delays/disorders. Some of these areas include word retrieval difficulty, processing difficulty, expressive language disorder and receptive language disorder. Strategies such as repetition, use of visuals and tactile objects and modeling of language are used within the sessions.
Some children have difficulty expressing their wants and needs and are often classified as "late talkers". And in fact yes there are children who begin speaking later than other children however a child can become frustrated when he/she is unable to express themselves. Donna has provided early intervention therapy to many children helping them to acquire new language by providing parents and caregivers easy to use strategies at home to engage their toddlers to use more language and to decrease frustration. A variety of toys, books and puzzles are used within the sessions to engage the toddler and make the sessions fun!