"My son, “Eddie’s” face lights up as we arrive to speech therapy with Tina Rocco at Speech Language Pathology in Motion. He usually signs “horse” and verbalizes Tina’s name.
Eddie is an adorable and intelligent (I know I am biased) four year old diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy and auditory neuropathy. He is hearing impaired and wears hearing aides.
We first thought of hippotherapy to work on trunk strengthening in an alternative manner. We did not know at that time that speech therapy was possible on a horse. Speech is Eddie’s most challenging discipline and speech therapy is hard for Eddie. But Tina and the horse make speech FUN and the movement seems to help to encourage Eddie to speak. His trunk is stronger too.
Eddie loves all of his therapists but has the most fun with Tina and the horse while having therapy. Actually, he doesn’t realize it is therapy at all but I do, and my husband and I see significant progress. Tina is a knowledgeable, dedicated and caring professional who is excited about her work and devoted to each child she works with.
We highly recommend Speech Language Pathology in Motion with Tina Rocco as an important addition to a child’s therapeutic regimen."
-Eddie's Mom _____________________________________________________________________________________
"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.
We cannot give enough praise and thanks to Tina Rocco and her team. Tina is an extremely caring, patient, fun and professional therapist, and her sincere dedication to our child and our family is truly moving. And every member of Tina's team displays the same characteristics and personal attention that make her such an amazing therapist and person.
Perhaps more importantly, our little girl loves Tina and has a blast riding the horse with her. She is having so much fun that she doesn't even realize that she is in the middle of a speech therapy session and is actually taking huge steps in her language development while she's riding. And that's the best way to do it.
The facility at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian compliments Tina and her team nicely. It is a beautiful and calming environment, and very welcoming to all family members and siblings. As a matter of fact, little brothers can even tag along and visit the horses and chickens during sessions.
I wish I could express how wonderful Speech Language Pathology in Motion is or how much Tina and her team have meant to us. Perhaps the only real way is to have our little girl tell her, which I'm sure she will do one day - thanks to their hard work and dedication."
~The Pappas Family
"I brought my son to Speech Language Pathology in Motion for an evaluation following concerns about his speech and written communication in school.
Tina was a tremendous help to us. She provided a thorough speech and language evaluation. He was difficult to test at times, but she was patient and understanding, giving him breaks and the time he needed to complete the evaluation.
She found that he has a unique combination of abilities and struggles and with this information I now know where to focus future efforts. While she did not recommend speech therapy at this time, following the evaluation, Tina met with me to discuss my son's strengths and weaknesses, reviewed his IEP with me and gave me suggestions for things to request on his IEP to help him succeed in school.
Tina understands how sensory issues can affect a child's performance and behavior, something that is not easy to find in most therapists! I am so grateful to have found Tina and Speech Language Pathology in Motion for my son's evaluation."
"For the past several years I have had the pleasure of being assigned as a sidewalker to work with Tina Rocco as she provides speech therapy, incorporating hippotherapy, with the horses at Pal-O-Mine.
As a retired special education teacher and assistant principal, I had for many years worked with students having varied disabilities.
Tina immediately impressed me with her expertise and above all her patience. Her clients love the therapy sessions and usually can be seen sporting a huge smile! Tina has also shown remarkable composure working with clients who exhibit challenging behaviors.
She has an excellent knowledge of techniques, is familiar with augmentative commucation devices and is always prepared with appropriate lessons. It is a joy to work with Tina and her wonderful clients!"
"I interned at Speech Language Pathology in Motion for several months and loved it!
I learned so much during my time there and really saw how beneficial hippotherapy can be and how easy it is to transfer the same goals being worked on in the clinic to this unique setting.
I loved seeing how excited the kids were to be there and watching them make progress during my time there. Tina really individualized each session depending on the client.
She is an amazing therapist and I aspire to be in her shoes one day!
Thank you for the amazing opportunity and for making my dreams feel attainable!"
"My son Tino has been receiving speech therapy with Tina Rocco of Speech in Motion for over a year now. Tino has made many improvements. The environment in which the therapy is provided is ideal for Tino. He is able to benefit from therapy while having fun, loving animals and being outside. The horse provides the necessary input that is beneficial to Tino.
Tino has a wonderful relationship with Tina and I can see that he is proud of the accomplishments he has made. I find Tina's dedication and commitment to speaking with me after each session very helpful. All of the support staff have treated my son with such sweetness and this has been nothing but a positive experience."
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