SPEECH LANGUAGE LEARNING
Student Coaching & Tutoring, Parent Coaching, Speech-Language Therapy
Is your child struggling in school and you are not sure what to do? They are intelligent and capable but struggle to turn in homework, write essays, keep track of deadlines, or study for exams. Or perhaps your child works VERY hard in school, but they are angry and stressed all the time. Are they lying to you and claiming that all work is complete. Does your child struggle with daily tasks such as getting dressed and brushing their teeth? Are you seeing distressful behaviors at home: Yelling, screaming, school refusal, extremely messy bedroom and backpack.
Children don't come with a manual and parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world. I am here to help! Whether you want ongoing services or you want to brainstorm where to begin and what interventions to seek out. Or perhaps your child has been tested at school or with a neuropsychological evaluation. Schedule a one-off coaching session to review the results and discuss your options.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION COACHING
AUTISM, ADHD, GIFTED, TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL
LANGUAGE SKILLS THERAPY
ACADEMIC SUPPORT & TUTORING
Amy Strekas, MA, CCC-SLP has over 18 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and learning specialist. She has worked in many different settings: Early intervention, schools, and clinics, including the American Institute for Stuttering.
Amy is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Amy completed a BA in Psychology at Wesleyan University and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Amy creates a fun and motivating learning environment when working with clients. She believes that mutual respect and collaboration are the foundations for any functional therapeutic relationship. She feels that true change occurs only when she has earned a client's trust! Amy is a firm believer in the anti-ableist movement and creates goals with her clients, not for her clients - goals that honor and leverage each individual's strengths and gifts.
Amy brings specific expertise in neurodivergence to her work: Autism, ADHD, stuttering, and dyslexia. She is currently a supervisor and executive function coach within the Organizational Tutors Network.
Amy has experience as a special education teacher, developmental learning specialist, and speech-language pathologist. Amy is also the mother of an 8-year-old son with ADHD and understands the challenges and blessings of raising a child with this unique brain difference.
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TELEPRACTICE FOR COACHING & TUTORING
Care Comes First
Telepractice via Zoom is effective and convenient. Receive coaching in the comfort and convenience of your own home. These remote services can be completed using any device and a reliable connection to the internet.
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm EST
Schedule a free 20-minute consultation for more information.
Clients Speak Their Mind
We reached out to Amy for help with our 2-year-old son Alfie who at the time who was showing no signs of speech development. He was getting very frustrated, screaming a lot at ear piercing levels as he wasn’t able to communicate. We chose to work with Amy as she came highly recommended and after an initial consultation, we felt that she was a great fit for Alfie. We felt that she would work with him on his terms. In fact, she came into our house and started working with Alfie and our family as a whole showing us all how we could help him develop his speech. In a matter of months, we saw vast progress. She was able to tap into Alfie, gain his trust, and help him learn at his pace with minimal frustration. After 10 months, Alfie had caught up with other 3-year-old's speech development, which was amazing. Without her we wouldn’t have had the tools to help him, and we feel enormous gratitude towards her as she helped open him up to the world. We would recommend Amy to anyone looking for help with their child’s speech development. Her approach in helping us as a family teach and encourage Alfie is what was needed to get through to him.
& Helpful Links
Inside the ADHD Mind
This is a lifestyle magazine for individuals with ADHD. It contains articles about ADD, ADHD, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It addresses topics such as diagnosing ADHD, treatments, parenting children with ADHD, learning disabilities, and school challenges,
The National Association of Young People Who Stutter
This is an incredible organization that provides resources and schedules meet-ups and conferences for children who stutter and their families. Attending these conferences and meetings is a wonderful way for your child to meet other children who stutter. If your child continues to stutter, I HIGHLY recommend going to one of the conferences or Friends events. It is incredibly powerful for a child who stutters to meet fellow children who stutter to gain a sense of “I am not alone.” It can also be very therapeutic for parents to attend support groups and meet other parents of children who stutter.
A Non-Profit Organization Helping Those Who Stutter
The mission of the Stuttering Foundation is to educate the public and provide no-cost and low-cost resources about stuttering. They have an incredibly informative website with many downloadable resources. They also sell books, pamphlets, posters, etc.
The National Stuttering Association
The NSA is the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research.
This website contains invaluable information for parents seeking resources to help their late talkers. I use many of Laura Mize's techniques in my language therapy sessions with young children.
BOOKS & RESOURCES
Over her decades as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke has routinely counseled distraught parents who struggle to manage their children’s challenging, sometimes oppositional behaviors. Behavior, no matter how challenging, is not the problem but a symptom; a clue about what is happening in a child’s unique physiologic makeup.
In Brain-Body Parenting, Dr. Delahooke offers a radical new approach to parenting based on her clinical experience as well as the most recent research in neuroscience and child psychology. Instead of a “top-down” approach to behavior that focuses on the thinking brain, she calls for a “bottom-up” approach that considers the essential role of the entire nervous system, which produces children’s feelings and behaviors.
HOW TO TALK SO LITTLE KIDS WILL LISTEN: A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO LIFE WITH CHILDREN AGES 2-7
This user-friendly guide will empower parents and caregivers of young children to forge rewarding, joyful relationships with terrible two-year-olds, truculent three-year-olds, ferocious four-year-olds, foolhardy five-year-olds, self-centered six-year-olds, and the occasional semi-civilized seven-year-old. And, it will help little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are cooperative and connected to their parents, teachers, siblings, and peers.
THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD: 12 REVOLUTIONARY STRATEGIES TO NURTURE YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPING MIND
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.