Speech-Language Pathology

ASPIRE is proud to be the biggest and most comprehensive private speech-language and swallowing pathology service in New York!

We offer unmatched proficiency in speech-language pathology and swallowing treatments in a highly supportive and fostering environment, aimed at improving the quality of life in all our patients.

Our three locations are conveniently spread across the city, in Midtown Manhattan, the Upper West Side and in Brooklyn, NY.

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Assessment in speech-language pathology

The procedures and evaluation tools your therapist uses in your assessment depends on factors such as your age and nature of the disorder you present with. It usually takes about an hour, but may take even longer. The therapist undertakes an in-depth assessment of your speech and cognitive-linguistic skills, from which a diagnosis can be made. You are then given time to discuss your diagnosis, understand what this means to you, and to collaborate with your therapist in outlining a plan for future care.

Treatment

A follow-up session typically lasts for 30 minutes. Your therapist will recommend how frequently you should attend for optimal treatment outcomes. Physical, social and emotional aspects may also be an influential factor in your therapy plan.

Children

Our therapists are highly experienced in working with children of all ages. A session may include parent counseling and will focus on child development through creative activities that encourage and stimulate use of language, such as literacy activities, art and music or language-based games. We aim to make the training fun and entertaining for the child.

Adults

Adult therapy includes a wide range of cognitive-linguistic techniques from voice control to computer programs, depending on the patient’s needs.

Busy Schedule? Accessibility difficulties? Consider online therapy!

Accessibility difficulties? Our therapists are highly experienced in providing treatment over a secure Internet platform. Note that online sessions will be offered only if they are appropriate to your condition. Ideally, for your initial assessment you would attend the center in person in order for your therapist to examine you properly and formulate an accurate diagnosis. Exceptions are made for those patients are who live abroad.

Speech Language Pathology and Swallowing Therapy

Adult Language Disorders

Adult Language Disorders

Language skills are an intrinsic human function that are necessary for everyday life. Our goal is to give patients the ability to communicate as effectively as possible.

Preschool and School Aged Services

Pediatric Therapy

Children require an altogether different approach to therapy than their adult counterparts. Taking into consideration that children strive with comprehensive one on one attentions, our sessions are geared towards exclusivity between the therapist and the patient.

Cognitive Dysfunction

Cognitive Dysfunction

More than 16 million Americans suffer from some sort of cognitive disorder. They can include everything from Amnesia and Depression to basic problem solving. Cognitive therapy can assist these patients by teaching them memory skills and allows them to regain basic lifeskill that they may have lost.

Speech, Voice and Fluency Disorders

Speech and Voice Disorders

The term speech disorder refers to a person who is unable to produce speech sounds correctly, clearly or fluently. Children may experience developmental articulation delays while adults may experience speech difficulties due to neurologic disease or as a part of normal aging.

Aspire Center Speech Language Pathology

Our Specialist Equipment

LSVT LOUD®

Our clinicians are qualified and practiced in the application of LSVT LOUD® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment). LSVT LOUD® works by helping people recognize when their voice is too soft. By stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx), it encourages loudness to improve sound without the need to strain. It is extremely helpful in patients with Parkinson’s disease, MS and associated neurological disorders.

The Guardian Way Electrical Stimulation

The Guardian Way is a highly effective form of treatment for dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) and facial paralysis that uses Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to deliver small, painless currents to the speech and swallowing muscles. It can offer better and quicker results than traditional dysphagia therapy. The Aspire Center has a strong professional collaboration with developers, Spectramed, Inc., who produces the Aspire 2, a state-of-the-art device for dysphagia.

LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) and Guardian are safe for use in children and in adults. Treatment with these devices could last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the patient’s needs.

Surface EMG and Biofeedback

Surface electromyography is a non-invasive technique used for the assessment, documentation, and treatment of speech and swallowing disorders. The Aspire 2 is an electrical device that captures and records muscle activity. It allows patients to gain awareness of their muscle functioning and can serve as a valuable outcome measure.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and alternative communication relates to how we express ourselves through non-oral communication such as facial expressions, gestures, pictures and written language. Use of AAC aids including photo and symbol communication boards and electronic devices can help people increase their level of social interaction, self-worth and academic or professional performance.

Aspire has an established relationship with the world’s leading supplier of AAC devices. They collaborate with the speech-language pathologist to generate the most effective tool for the person in order to augment their ability to communicate as effectively as possible.

Computer-based software programs

Aspire works with software programs Cognifit®, Bungalow®, Parrot® and Lumosity®, which allow the patient to interact with fun, online motivational resources that provide instant feedback and optimize patient training.

Testimonials

The Aspire center has been an amazing center of healing for my brother, Jimmy.

Before his speech therapy sessions with Diane Brown, my brother was practically non-verbal. Due to his intellectual disability, he didn’t understand the basic structure of a conversation.

After a few sessions with Diane (whom we highly recommend as a speech therapist), Jimmy has been talking more and more. He is slowly understanding the purpose and format of asking questions as well as giving answers to questions. He is more open to talking to others, and has even made a few friends. Not only has his speech improved, but Jimmy has also been taught to recognize and express his emotions better. With the help of Diane and the other instructors, Jimmy has been able to talk through his problems more effectively than before.

What I love about the Aspire center is their continued advocacy for my brother Jimmy. I really appreciate how they think holistically about him in terms of his speech, his mental health, issues, and his self-esteem.

If you are thinking about speech therapy sessions for yourself or a loved one, I can’t recommend the Aspire center enough!

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