At Speech in Motion, we do things a little differently! Since 2011, we have approached therapy through movement and play, and have used activities that are interesting and engaging to each individual client as a key component of our treatment sessions. Our exceptional indoor and outdoor therapy spaces, located in Islandia and Hauppauge, NY, allow for limitless opportunities for improving speech, language and feeding skills.
Our dedicated and caring speech language pathologists use specialized treatment tools including: augmentative alternative communication, animal assisted speech therapy, DIRFloortime, hippotherapy, PROMPT, nature based therapy, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and more. As the only American Hippotherapy Association Facility Member on Long Island, Speech in Motion is a leader in the use of hippotherapy in speech treatment.
Our mission is to help our clients reach their highest potential through innovative speech language pathology services that are effective, family-centered, and fun.
Our Vision is to continue to grow a community of individuals who believe in themselves, each other, and the power of an individualized, empathetic approach to therapy.
At Speech in Motion, we believe that kids learn best when they feel supported, safe, and heard. We believe that movement and play are the key to progress. Helping clients learn through their own discoveries ensures that what they learn is meaningful to them. We understand that respect and attention to individual differences are essential to success. We believe in families and know that providing them with the right tools will guarantee that their child never stops moving forward.
After practicing for several years, Tina opened Speech in Motion in 2011 to pursue her dream of helping children and families by combining her two passions: speech-language pathology and animals.
Tina believes that starting therapy as early as possible results in the best outcomes. She especially loves working with toddlers and preschool-aged clients with speech and language delays and disorders. In addition, she finds working children of all ages with complex communication challenges to be energizing. For Tina, there is nothing more fulfilling than helping a child to overcome barriers, find their voice, and to learn to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, and feelings. She believes that communication is a basic human right, and presumes competence in all of her clients. She is a proponent of neurodiversity affirming therapy and encourages self advocacy and autonomy for clients of all ages.
Tina is one of only 10 speech language pathologists nation wide to be recognized as a board certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist. She is also experienced in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), PROMPT ©, DIRFloortime, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Tina is a graduate of the ASHA Leadership Development Program, and has won numerous awards including the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education and the American Hippotherapy Association Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award.
When she is not working at Speech in Motion, Tina enjoys spending time with her son and dog. In addition, Tina enjoys engaging in volunteer work and has served as president of the board of directors for the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.).
Favorite quote: "Kids do well if they can." ~Ross Greene
Kate's passion for working with animals and individuals with communicative vulnerabilities found her. As the sister of an autistic young man who spoke his first sentence to the family's adopted golden retriever, Kate knows there is no greater joy than hearing those long awaited first words. Since she joined the team at Speech in Motion in 2017, she has been working together with families to educate, coach, and support them in reaching their goals for their children. Kate is passionate about the neurodiversity movement and loves advocating for her clients alongside their grown-ups. She believes that speech and language therapy shouldn't feel like work for anyone involved, and that language learning can exist within your daily routines and your child's favorite activities. Kate loves helping clients and families to find joy in interaction through shared experiences. She enjoys growing her breadth of knowledge in both continuing education courses as well as by learning from neurodiverse adults. Kate believes that regardless of any communication challenge, all children have strengths. She believes an approach that focuses on your child’s gifts rather than their areas of challenge will give them the skills to show anyone who crosses their path that they are not only capable, but exceptional!
Kate's continuing education has included training in hippotherapy, PROMPT, DIRFloortime, and The SOS Approach to Feeding. She received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in June 2020. She currently serves as a subject matter expert in Autism on Molloy College's Institutional Review Board. She also serves as the Chair of the AHA, Inc. Social Media and Marketing committee.
"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning." -Dianne Ackerman
Throughout her education and professional career, Kim has worked with pediatric clients with a variety of speech and language disorders and believes in an individualized and personalized approach to treatment. After practicing for several years as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Kim joined the Speech in Motion team in 2019. Kim’s knack for planning exceptional and engaging sessions, along with her belief in student-led activities, leave her clients feeling empowered and successful. Just as importantly, her client’s families leave with the knowledge and confidence to carry these skills over into their everyday routines. For Kim, there is simply no better feeling as a therapist than helping a client learn to independently communicate their wants and needs. We all deserve a voice, and it is Kim’s mission to help each client find their voice.
Kim's continuing education has included Hippotherapy Part 1 training, PROMPT training, DIRFloortime, Orofacial Myology, Autism Spectrum Disorder in Girls, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and ethics. She earned an ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in 2021. In her personal life, Kim can be found relaxing with a good book or spending time with her animals, including two horses, Kodak and Mousse.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" ~Wayne Gretzky
Erin first learned of Speech in Motion when she interned as an undergraduate student for the C.A.M.P program in summer 2018. She loved the immersive experience working 1:1 with a child in various environments outside of a clinic setting and of course with the Pal-O-Mine animals!
She says that she stumbled upon the field of speech-language pathology as a happy mistake when she applied for early childhood education at Long Island University and received her acceptance letter into the speech-language pathology program; speech chose her! She has been passionate about the field ever since as communicative differences have always been an area of interest.
Erin enjoys working with a variety of clients from pediatrics to adults. While still in graduate school, she earned her certification to provide Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). Outside of Speech in Motion, Erin works with primarily early intervention and preschool age children treating speech and language disorders. Erin uses her background in conversational Spanish to provide therapy services to bilingual Spanish clients. She has a strong passion for bilingual speech therapy especially when it comes to second language acquisition and language differences.
Erin keeps neurodiversity affirming care as the number one priority in her therapy approach and focuses on empowering her clients to communicate self-agency and autonomy.
"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said." - Peter Drucker
Our Hauppauge, NY location is located less than a quarter of a mile off of LIE exit 56. It provides a comfortable family friendly environment. The clinic includes multiple treatment areas for individual and group therapy, a beautiful sensory-motor gym, and a small sensory room with a variety of suspended and non-suspended vestibular, prop
Our Hauppauge, NY location is located less than a quarter of a mile off of LIE exit 56. It provides a comfortable family friendly environment. The clinic includes multiple treatment areas for individual and group therapy, a beautiful sensory-motor gym, and a small sensory room with a variety of suspended and non-suspended vestibular, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, gross motor, balance, and coordination equipment.
Our Islandia Location is on the property of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, a 13 acre farm that provides a relaxing natural environment and beautiful spaces for therapy. The facility is home to horses, sheep, chickens, and donkeys. The property also includes an adaptive playground, natural trails, a sensory integration track, outdoor arenas, an i
Our Islandia Location is on the property of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, a 13 acre farm that provides a relaxing natural environment and beautiful spaces for therapy. The facility is home to horses, sheep, chickens, and donkeys. The property also includes an adaptive playground, natural trails, a sensory integration track, outdoor arenas, an indoor arena with "dust-free" footing, a covered barn, gardens, a pool, and indoor treatment rooms.
Our Virtual Office, hosted on Blink Session, allows clients to receive exceptional care from our dedicated speech language therapists in the comfort of their own homes. Our secure Telepractice allows Speech in Motion to offer our services to families residing anywhere within in New York State. The virtual office is also used for parent c
Our Virtual Office, hosted on Blink Session, allows clients to receive exceptional care from our dedicated speech language therapists in the comfort of their own homes. Our secure Telepractice allows Speech in Motion to offer our services to families residing anywhere within in New York State. The virtual office is also used for parent coaching and home program implementation. Whether in-person or remote, we are here for you and your child!
We frequently see clients with the following:
Speech-language pathologists are able to offer a wide variety of treatment tools, strategies, approaches and models. Some of these require additional training or certifications. We specialize in: