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. Our exceptional indoor and outdoor therapy spaces, located in Islandia and Hauppauge, NY, allow for limitless opportunities.
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 help children show the world their capabilities. We believe in families and know that providing them with the tools to advocate for their children will guarantee that their kids never stop 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. Tina is a proponent of the neurodiversity movement and strives to bring empathy and respect to all of her sessions, as well as into the community.
Tina is experienced in PROMPT ©, DIRFloortime, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and AAC. She is one of only 10 board certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialists nationwide and a graduate of the ASHA Leadership Development Program. She has won numerous awards including the ASHA Award for Continuing Education and the Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award. She enjoys volunteer work, and has served on the board of directors for the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.). She currently serves as a committee member of the AHA Inc. Ethics & Advocacy and Reimbursement Committee.
Favorite quote: "Kids do well if they can." ~Ross Greene
Lisa’s exceptional skills as a pediatric speech language pathologist combined with her passion for movement and love for animals has led her here. She brings over 14 years of experience with the majority of her time spent utilizing a family-centered approach through Suffolk County’s Early Intervention Program. It is Lisa’s mission to effectively reach and support each child and their family’s needs in a way that can maximize their highest potential, all while having fun. Lisa joined the Speech in Motion team in 2021. She believes each and every child deserves a way to express their wants, needs, thoughts and ideas. Lisa makes it a priority to schedule time to continually learn new strategies to implement during a child’s favorite activities and daily routines so they can find joy in communication. All children have strengths, we just have to discover them and build on them, giving our children the confidence to become successful little humans.
Lisa’s continuing education has included training in hippotherapy, PROMPT, DIRFloortime, Vital Stim, The SOS Approach to Feeding, Feeding and Swallowing in the NICU and Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS). Lisa is a proud member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA). In her down time, you can find Lisa listening to a podcast while taking a long walk or watching her favorite shows on Netflix.
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”
-Winnie the Pooh
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
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
Rachel first learned of Speech in Motion when she joined Pal-O-Mine Equestrian as a graduate student intern in 2011. In 2021, she joined the Speech in Motion Team as our temporary Office Manager. Rachel received a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University.
When she is not working at Speech in Motion, she continues an active role with Pal-O-Mine Equestrian. Rachel is dual certified by EAGALA as a Mental Health practitioner and an Equine Specialist for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. She is currently pursuing her advanced certification through Eagala and her Clinical licensure. She has experience as a job coach for the Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Work-Study program, a facilitator for Herd Women (an equine powered women’s empowerment group), an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator for the BOCES School districts and adjudicated youth, a natural horsemanship teacher, a facilitator of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and head of OPWDD billing. She has completed Crisis Prevention, CPR/First Aid, and trainings in Mindfulness, Substance Abuse, Addictive Disorders, EAGALA Military Trauma, grief and loss. In addition, she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, CCTP. Rachel has presented at the National EAGALA conference and travels around the country giving workshops. Not only teaching Pal-O-Mine’s curriculums, she has contributed to Pal-O-Mine’s “Through the Eyes of the Herd” and the “Leading and Learning” curriculums. Rachel firmly believes in Viktor E. Frankl’s words: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but from heart to heart.” ~W. Jennings Bryan
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: