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About Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Our Practice

Founded in 2011, SLPIM has grown to become one of Long Island's most respected and trusted speech language pathology practices.   We have offices in Islandia and Hauppauge, NY and serve clients from Nassau and Suffolk County, with clients traveling to us from as far away as NYC and the East End.    


We are passionate about helping families meet their communication and feeding goals.  Your success is our success!  Our treatment plans use evidence-based practices that balance client/family preferences, research, and clinical judgment/expertise.  We specialize in movement and play based therapy and incorporate a variety of approaches, tools and strategies including animal assisted therapy, DIRFloortime, hippotherapy, PROMPT, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and more.


SLPIM is a leader in the use of hippotherapy in speech treatment, offering support and mentoring to therapists throughout the United States.  We are the only American Hippotherapy Association Facility Member on Long Island.

Our Mission

To help our clients reach their highest potential in the areas of communication and feeding, through innovative services, that are effective, family centered, enriching and fun.  

Our Philosophy

Children learn best when they are having fun.  We believe it is important to create positive experiences with food, and to make communication motivating, internally driven and meaningful.  We do this by incorporating movement and play in a very purposeful way!  This means that we work to find what our clients love and we use that to encourage improved feeding skills and optimal communication skills, rather than telling clients what to do and how to do it.  This helps to foster independence and generalization of skills across contexts and environments.  We believe that keeping client preferences and interests as well as their sensory, motor and cognitive abilities in mind during all sessions is critical to success.  


Our philosophy helps us bridge the gap between ineffective and effective skills while increasing independence and maximizing potential in the areas of communication and feeding. 

About the Speech Language Pathologists

Tina M. Rocco M.A. CCC-SLP, HPCS, Speech language pathologist

Tina M. Rocco, M.A. CCC-SLP, HPCS, Owner

Tina 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 Henne M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech languaage pathologist

Kate Henne M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Kate began seeing clients at SLPIM 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. 

Professional Affiliations

Our Community Partners

Speech Language Pathology in Motion: In the News

Verizon FiOS1 Coverage of the Speech Language Pathology in Motion C.A.M.P. Program 2016

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August 22, 2016
Verizon  FiOS1- Long Island was out at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian to cover some of  the exciting things happening there, including the Speech Language  Pathology in Motion C.A.M.P. Program! 


 

Horses and Speech Therapy - The Unexpected Connection

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March 1, 2016

By: Katie Carroll, The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative  

Please Stand Up: Good People Doing Good Things People Spotlight- Tina M. Rocco

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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.  

About Our Services, Treatment Approaches, & Locations

Services

We frequently see clients with the following:

  • Receptive, expressive and pragmatic language delays and disorders.
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Articulation delays and disorders
  • Phonology delays and disorders
  • Stuttering/fluency disorders
  • Sensory/motor based feeding difficulties
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Dysarthria
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Hearing loss
  • PDD-NOS
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Down syndrome
  • Developmental delay
  • Neurological disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Reading and pre-reading difficulties
  • AAC devices and PECS systems

Hippotherapy, speech therapy

Specialized Treatment Approaches

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.  Some of the approaches we have training in are:

  • Animal Assisted Speech and Language Therapy
  • DIRFloortime
  • Hippotherapy
  • PROMPT Therapy
  • The SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

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Locations

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!

Testimonials and FAQs

Testimonials

"Over the years of various therapy and schooling, we saw some progress, but not to the level we had hoped- and then we found Speech in Motion!   Finding you was like finding the missing piece to our son's therapy.   Our son has never bonded with a therapist so quickly, nor have we seen  such progress in such a short amount of time.  In just the few months  you have worked with our son, we have noticed huge progress "

FAQs

  •  How do I pay for services at Speech Language Pathology in Motion? 
  •  If my child receives therapy at school or through the early intervention program, can he/she also receive private therapy? 
  •  How does Hippotherapy differ from Adaptive or Therapeutic Horseback Riding?