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TALA HERSHEY

Owner and Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! I’m Tala Hershey, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) based in Lower Westchester, New York. I am a licensed SLP in New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina with experience treating both children and adults with a variety of communication difficulties in both a private practice and a school setting. Currently, I am also the membership coordinator/Vice President of the Westchester Speech Hearing and Language Association. The types of therapy I provide include early intervention, articulation and phonology, expressive and receptive language, social communication, language-based reading and writing, voice, and stuttering/fluency.

 

I received my B.S. from Skidmore College as a psychology and music (vocal performance) double major and my M.S. from New York University in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Additionally, I have certifications and trainings in PROMPT therapy, Sounds In Motion, and DIR-Floortime.

Successful therapy is based on a client-centered, collaborative approach. I work with parents, caregivers, spouses, educators, and other therapists to ensure carryover and generalization of techniques. Collaboration and family education is an integral part of successful therapy. My goal is to promote self-advocacy and independence in each of my clients.

Everyone needs a voice! Effective communication is the most powerful tool for children and adults, and it is my goal to help each client reach their highest potential. 

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BRITTANY DAKIN

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! My name is Brittany Dakin, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD. I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist. I earned both my Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Mercy College. I have experience working with children from early intervention up to school-age. I plan and provide treatment for a variety of communication disorders, pediatric feeding, and augmentative/alternative communication (i.e. low and high tech). I also have experience with various aspects of the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach, Beckman's Oral Motor techniques, and Hanen's 'It Takes Two to Talk Strategies for Parents'. When I am not providing therapy, I enjoy walking/hiking trails, as well as cooking new recipes! 

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JOSSY GRAMAJO

Speech Language Pathologist

Hello! My name is Jossy Gramajo, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE. I am a bilingual speech-language pathologist. I earned both my Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Mercy College, NY. I earned my bilingual extension certification in Spanish at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NY. I had the honor of traveling abroad and participating in medical mission trips to Colombia and Peru. I provided speech therapy to infants and children who had either a cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or microtia. In addition, I counseled families and provided techniques to use pre and post-surgery. 

 

I have experience working with children from birth to adulthood and from medically-based to school-based settings. My therapy treatment focuses on a variety of communication disorders, pediatric feeding, AAC device, developing strategies for school-based students, and collaborating closely with educators, other service providers, and caregivers. I deliver support to families and provide strategic methods that can be carried over into the client’s natural environment. I believe in providing adequate speech services that will meet the client's goals and providing appropriate services to the bilingual population.

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EMILY SCHWARTZ

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! My name is Emily Schwartz, M.S. CCC-SLP TSSLD-BE. I am a bilingual (Spanish) Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Spanish at Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Bilingual Extension at Teachers College, Columbia University. Throughout my graduate program at Teachers College, I gained extensive experience working with multicultural and multilingual children. I traveled to Neiva, Colombia with a medical team to evaluate and treat children with speech impairments post cleft palate repair surgeries.

 

I currently work full-time at a special education school, providing individualized support for middle and high school students with language-based learning disorders and difficulties. These areas include expressive language, receptive language, social pragmatics, and executive functioning challenges. Likewise, I have worked with elementary school children to target a variety of speech and language disorders, including articulation, fluency, and language-based deficits. Through these experiences, I have implemented and developed individualized and goal-oriented therapy. I believe in creating a positive and energetic learning environment for my students to help them achieve their highest potential. Additionally, I strive to tailor strategies and incorporate high-interest materials to engage students to promote generalization of these skills.

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ALICIA CALKINS

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi, my name is Alicia Calkins, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD. I am a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) in Connecticut and New York with experience treating children from birth to 21 years with a variety of communication difficulties in the school and pediatric hospital settings.  The types of therapy I provide include early intervention, articulation and phonology, expressive and receptive language, pragmatic language, and augmentative/alternative communication (AAC). I received my B.S. from Springfield College in Communication Sciences & Disorders and my M.S. from Mercy College in Communication Disorders. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Ica, Peru where I provided speech therapy to infants and children with cleft lip and cleft palate following their cleft repair surgery.

 

I currently work full-time at a public school in Connecticut, providing individualized and group therapy for children in kindergarten through second grade with expressive and receptive language disorders, social communication difficulties, and articulation/phonological disorders. Being a part of enhancing another’s communication skills is truly a rewarding experience and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so each day!

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