Founded in 2011, SLPIM has grown to become one of Long Island's most respected and trusted speech language pathology practices. Our services are delivered in a family friendly, motivating and enriching environment. Our beautiful locations, caring personnel and quality services help our clients to reach their highest potential as quickly as possible.
We specialize in speech, language and feeding therapy incorporating hippotherapy, animal assisted therapy, PROMPT Therapy, DIRFloortime and the SOS Approach to feeding.
SLPIM is a leader in the use of hippotherapy in speech treatment, offering support and mentoring to therapists throughout the United States.
It is the mission of Speech Language Pathology in Motion to help our clients reach their highest potential in the areas of communication and feeding, through proven treatment approaches, that are family centered, enriching, motivating and fun.
Our philosophy is that children learn best when they are having fun. Speech Language Pathology in Motion strives to form personal connections with each client and family that we work with, keeping client interests, preferences, sensory, motor and cognitive abilities in mind during all sessions. We incorporate play into therapy to create positive experiences with food, and to make communication both motivating and meaningful. This philosophy, combined with proven treatment strategies, helps us bridge the gap between ineffective and effective communication while improving self-esteem and maximizing potential.
Tina is the owner of and a treating therapist at Speech Language Pathology in Motion. She began practicing in 2007 and opened SLPIM in 2011, in order to pursue her dream of improving the lives of children and their families through high quality speech, language and feeding therapy. Tina grew up and attended school on Long Island. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Molloy College in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2005, and a Master of Arts degree from Long Island University - C.W. Post in Speech-Language Pathology in 2007.
Tina has been recognized as a board certified hippotherapy clinical specialist (HPCS) since 2011 and is one of only ten SLPs in the United States to hold this credential. Her continuing education has included training in numerous speech language pathology specialized treatment techniques including animal assisted therapy, Hippotherapy, PROMPT, DIRFloortime, The SOS Approach to Feeding, NDT, LAMP, and TEACCH. She received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in Aug 2012 and Dec 2015.
Tina is licensed in NY and VT. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate with the New York State Department of Education. She is a certified member (CCC) of the American Speech-language and Hearing Association. She is also a Lifetime member of the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. Tina currently serves as the AHA Inc. Board President. She is a member, Registered Therapist and Certified Registered Instructor with PATH Intl.
Kate began seeing clients at Speech Language Pathology in Motion in 2017. Kate is a speech language pathologist practicing in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. She became passionate about working with individuals with special needs after her youngest brother was diagnosed with Autism. Kate noticed incredible improvements in her brother’s communication skills when the family adopted a dog from a local animal shelter. This sparked an interest in the positive effects of animals on children with Autism and lead Kate to a position at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. Kate provided a variety of Equine Assisted Activities for children and adults with special needs at this comprehensive equine facility, including adaptive horseback riding.
During her time at Pal-O-Mine, Kate began to foster a love for working with children with communication difficulties while assisting with speech sessions incorporating hippotherapy as a volunteer. Kate was inspired by Tina to return to school to pursue a Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In her academic and professional pursuits, Kate has developed experience with individuals from birth to geriatric populations who have difficulty with a variety of speech, language, and feeding difficulties and even returned while in graduate school to complete a clinical externship with Speech Language Pathology in Motion.
Kate holds a current New York State License in Speech-Language Pathology and is a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) with the New York State Department of Education. She is also a certified member (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a member of the American Hippotherapy Association Inc.
We frequently see patients with the following:
Speech-language pathologists are able to offer a wide variety of treatment approaches, tools, strategies and models. Some of these require additional training or certifications and therefore are considered specialized. We offer the following:
We have offices in in Hauppague and Islandia NY. Both of our locations are conveniently located off of the Long Island Expressway.
Speech Language Pathology in Motion is the only American Hippotherapy Association Facility Member on Long Island!
"We brought our daughter to Speech Language Pathology in Motion for hippotherapy after she was diagnosed with ASD and speech delay, and the results we saw were amazing and immediate. We saw progress in her language and social skills after the first session and since then she continues to improve and grow with each visit."
March 1, 2016
By: Katie Carroll, The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative
May 1st, 2012
Tina M. Rocco, licensed speech language pathologist and owner of Speech Language Pathology in Motion, has become a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS). There are only 77 HPCSs in the US and only five of them, besides Rocco, are also speech language pathologists.