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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

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  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kelley Peters-Patel ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Melissa was wonderful. Our daughter warmed to her immediately and by the time she left, had already started "practicing" some of the techniques Melissa had shown her. I will not hesitate at all to reach out to Melissa again, should … More the need arise.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Duygu Başaran ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Brooklyn Letters was recommended to me through a friend's speech therapist friend in NJ. The articulation evaluation for my daughter went well. We were pleased with Kristin's services.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters R Elmore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Aileen was INCREDIBLY helpful to us, both in assessing possible origins of my grandson's food aversions, as well as informing us of various available interventions to consider.
    I can’t thank you and Brooklyn Letters enough for connecting
    … More us with Aileen. In all our feeding therapy journey we have not gotten anything near the kind of benefit that we did from her. Her knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness have put us on the path of progress with my grandson and has also made us feel genuinely well cared for.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Christine Weiher ★★★★★ a year ago
    We were amazed with Allison! She met my son at 2 1/2 years old, not speaking much at all, and over a computer, and she was able to develop a bond and friendship, so much so that he would look forward to his weekly computer time with Allison. … More I was not sure how the speech therapy would go- but we are so happy that we tried it out and continued. It allowed my son to gain confidence in his speech, make a new friend :), and also give him the skills and a bit of understanding of how to shape his mouth or where to place his tongue to make the proper sounds. We were extremely happy with Allison- she was fantastic to work with.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Saffady ★★★★★ a year ago
    My sessions with Karen have been extremely helpful. My speech has improved tremendously. In fact, I just finished 2 hours of conducting interviews with a consulting client via MS Teams and I have an upcoming conference call. Both my … More neurologist and neurosurgeon remarked about how good my speech is. Much of the day it is perfect, although I still have some rough spots when I get tired or speak too quickly. One of my granddaughters is a speech pathology student at Ithaca College. She sat in on 2 sessions while she was home for winter break, and she was very impressed with Karen.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jacob B ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were delighted with Christie. First, and most importantly, our son made great strides under her guidance. So great, that we felt he no longer needed help! She was incredibly patient and kind with him and our son really responded to … More her. Christie was also great with me and my wife. She provided thorough and informative updates on our son's progress and which exercises she was using with him, so we could reinforce what she was teaching him. All in all, we had a fabulous experience with Christie and would highly recommend her.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jessica C ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Theo was wonderful and his work with my son has produced some progress. I am grateful for the services Theo provided.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Melissa Stevens ★★★★★ a year ago
    Highly recommend Jill. She is a total pleasure to work with. After a few months working with Jill, my son is reading above grade level and LOVES to read. Mission accomplished!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Demet Evren ★★★★★ a year ago
    Paige was great and we had been really happy with her. I would highly recommend her! I recommend Brooklyn Letters to whomever asks for a speech therapist.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jeizel Rosenthal ★★★★★ a year ago
    Isabel was WONDERFUL and our son absolutely adored her, and he is making great progress with his reading and writing.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Theo was fantastic with our 4yo son. We were very worried that his progress would fall off when we had to switch to remote sessions, but Theo kept our son happy and engaged through the screen. Highly highly recommend!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Samantha Packard ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We've been working with Theo from Brooklyn Letters for close to 4 months now and the results are apparent; our daughter has vastly improved her speech in a relatively short amount of time. We make "Theo Day" a celebration … More in our house with pancakes for breakfast, and the enthusiasm is matched in the sessions. Theo is fun, patient, professional, and caring, and he gives us the tools to take the lessons beyond the session. Thank you Theo, and Brooklyn Letters, for helping our daughter express herself.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Travis Ricca ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I worked with Alina to enhance my pronunciation, tone, and pacing while communicating socially and in a work environment. She was great to work with and clear about goals and learning objectives. The improvement from day 1 has been tremendous! … More
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Enrico Bermudez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Cathy has been excellent with us and our son. We will sorely miss her. He has improved significantly with Cathy’s help. Cathy was a true partner with us, especially as we pursued additional help through our son’s school system.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kayne Elisabeth Wilk ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We really loved working with Alina, she is so fantastic. Patient yet firm, and determined the best course of action very clearly and succintly for us. And it all transitioned so well to Zoom as well. I will definitely be back in touch for … More services for our other child after summer break!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jen S ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Vera was amazing! My 11 yo daughter made progress so quickly and really looked forward to her sessions. She was kept motivated and engaged.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters susie tofte ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    The work that Allison P. did with our daughter over the years has been invaluable to us. Our daughter had such a good relationship with Allison, and it allowed them to work really well together - even remotely these past 6 months. This … More year, Allison went above and beyond by helping us throughout the neuropsych eval we did, trying to re-open our daughter's IEP at her school, and eventually landing her at our chosen school. She was in contact with our daughter's teachers, with the neuropsychologist, and made herself available as a reference to speak on behalf of our daughter's learning differences.
    Allison stopped by our house last week to give our daughter cupcakes and say goodbye, and I literally cried with appreciation for what an amazing speech therapist she has been. She has been our daughter's biggest champion. The new families that she will work with this year are lucky to have her.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Alicia Perez-Katz ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Sydney was great! Our son was sad to end his sessions with her, which says a lot. We appreciated her honest assessment of his skill level, and he now has materials to self monitor and practice. Thank you!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Our experience with Theo was terrific. Theo was great with my son. He developed a positive relationship with him based on sincerity, respect, trust and a deep personal connection. In their lessons, Theo was encouraging, creative and kind. … More He helped our son understand how to differentiate the sounds he made when he spoke, and gave him great exercises to practice every week between lessons. Our son was sorry to have the lessons come to an end, but recognized that Theo had helped him as much as possible and it was time for him to stop. Theo explained to him (and us) how to keep working to get the last 5%, and encouraged him to keep working on the exercises on his own. I have recommended Theo to another parent who noticed my son's improvement and inquired for her own son.
    We are all grateful to have gotten to know Theo, and we greatly appreciate all the work he did to help our son.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Aisha Holder ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Michelle Macroy-Higgins. We are extremely pleased with her work with our daughter. I was so grateful for my daughter to have a speech therapist who is a researcher (specialty in late … More talkers), graduate professor and practitioner. Her expertise was clearly evident in our conversations and work with our daughter. She was very responsive to my questions and often sent articles and other materials about language development that I found helpful. Thankfully, my daughter's speech improved tremendously. Michelle developed such a warm relationship with my daughter. My daughter was always excited to see Michelle and would greet her at the door with a big hug. Lastly, I would add that Michelle always demonstrated empathy with me as a mother who was initially worried about her daughter's language development. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with Michelle's work."
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Theo is a wonderful Clinton Hill speech therapist. We were really pleased with him. Our son showed drastic improvement, not only in his speech but in his confidence.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters mario costa ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Alexa has been an enthusiastic, reliable, well prepared and caring teacher for our 6 year old daughter. She has been able to improve and increase our daughter's confidence lesson by lesson with patience and competence; through varied … More and productive didactic practice. Alexa has engaged our daughter in several activities that always kept her motivated and eager to learn literacy. My wife and I, both of us are educators, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe Alexa's pedagogical skills. Alexa has had a big impact on our daughter literacy growth. Thank you Brooklyn Letters!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lily Alt ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were absolutely DELIGHTED with Marsha's services. She was wonderful. We found her to be kind, fun, engaging, very knowledgeable. She provided us with clear instructions and additional written handouts each week. She engaged our … More son with different techniques and toys, and showed us how to use her techniques when we were interacting with him. I actually just texted her on Saturday - Our son finally said "more" - one of the target words we had been working on with her. It was a total joy to hear, and I had to share it with her - she wrote back immediately to congratulate us. I am so appreciative of her expertise, and wish we could have seen her for longer. I recommended her to another family in our neighborhood who is looking for a speech therapist.

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READING LITERACY DECODING SPELLING ASSESSMENT EVALUATION

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Serving you since 2010! We are caring Literacy Specialists traveling to you! In-home, at-school, remote Manhattan, NYC metro area private pay literacy tutoring for school-aged students. We work with students of all ages, in private and public schools teaching decoding, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension skills.
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"She has taken the time to get to know him and connect with him so that he trusts her and knows he can take risks and make mistakes." We are so grateful that our son has the opportunity to work with Ellie as a reading tutor. Though he has been a reluctant reader, he looks forward to his time with Ellie; she makes their work fun and engages his interests. She has taken the time to get to know him and connect with him so that he trusts her and knows he can take risks and make mistakes. He has become a more confident and enthusiastic reader, inside and outside the classroom. Ellie is organized and highly professional. When I speak with her about our son, I can tell she has a keen understanding of his strengths and challenges.

- Lauren, mom of Asher

We were happy with Michelle’s services and Alara had a good year overall – her organizational skills improved and she showed nice progress in reading and writing. Michelle and her teachers were a key part in helping to make this happen, so much appreciated. Michelle worked very well with Alara and we appreciate it!

-Mark S.

We are thrilled with his newfound confidence.
Miss Maggi was instrumental in getting our son to reading independently. We are thrilled with his newfound confidence. She is a wonderful teacher who gained an instant rapport with our son. Maggi’s classroom-appropriate curriculum was fun and kept our son engaged.

- Christine
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Before a child learns to read and write, he or she must first become phonologically aware. This means being able to grasp that words are made up of smaller units of sounds or phonemes. Phonological awareness enables us to break down words into smaller sounds and construct entire words using those sounds. By making associations between each letter and its corresponding sound, we acquire the ability to read. Children must understand that there is a correlation between letters and sounds in order to master sound-symbol association. Reading and writing require decoding and encoding skills. This means a child must master both the visual to auditory relationship between letters and sounds (decoding/reading) and the auditory to visual relationship (encoding/writing).

The Five Pillars of Reading emphasize the importance of phonemic awareness and phonics in developing foundational literacy skills in young learners. When a child understands that words are made up of and can be broken down into phonemes, then he or she has gained phonemic awarenessIn other words, phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the sounds we hear in wordsOn the other hand, phonics refers to the understanding that printed letters or graphemes represent sounds. When children have gained mastery of phonics, they can sound out new or unfamiliar words on their own.

We offer a wide range of literacy assessments provided by our literacy specialists and staff. Based on your child’s needs, we will determine which assessment tools work best for your child. These evaluations are offered remotely and in-person. Through these assessments, we can identify the decoding (putting written sounds together) and encoding (breaking apart sounds in words) strengths and areas of growth for each student and measure phonemic awareness, fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.

With early readers, literacy teachers focus on letter and sound identification in isolation and within words. Students will identify initial, medial, and final sounds in various single and multi-syllabic words. They are also asked to read so teachers can check for fluency, expression, prosody, and word accuracy.  Our specialists also take a closer look at spelling by giving students a list of words that fall under these categories, decodable words (words that follow the spelling rules), nonsense words (words that follow the spelling rules but are made up), and sight words (words that do not follow the spelling rules). Our reading specialists then create a plan for how to help each student improve his or her spelling.

Additional literacy assessments can be conducted by our language pathologists/therapists if the child is experiencing expressive and receptive language difficulties and reading comprehension difficulties when decoding skills are intact. Some children who display literacy weaknesses also experience delays in their expressive or expressive/receptive language skills (sometimes referred to as language processing skills).

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For literacy tutoring by our literacy teachers, a non-therapeutic service, we need up-to-date goals. Literacy tutoring performed by our literacy specialists is not eligible for insurance reimbursement.

If the literacy intervention cannot be justified by an ICD-10 code, the literacy intervention is considered educational and can be performed by our literacy teachers. New York State believes the ICD-10 code for dyslexia is educational (learning) and not as a Communicative Disorder, e.g. Language Disorder. One day New York State will update their position on dyslexia. Please note that most neuropsychological evaluations do not include decoding and encoding (spelling goals); they mention the need for decoding and encoding intervention. If literacy goals are not included in the neuropsychological evaluation, our first session(s) will include creating these goals. Also, many schools use their methods or commercialized products for creating literacy goals. Unfortunately, some of these tools are not up-to-date with current scientific standards (it’s Corporate America ). Fortunately, we use up-to-date assessment tools to reliably identify where your child needs help. Overall, you are in good hands with us, and we will guide you along the way!

If you have up-to-date evaluations/assessments and goals, you can most likely skip reading the rest of this page.

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Literacy EVALUATIONS & ASSESSMENTS (Home, School) Performed by Literacy Specialists/Teachers

Decoding & Spelling Assessments

  • Approximately $300 Decoding and Spelling (Encoding)

These assessments include at least a one-hour in-home visit where we meet you and your child, review previous assessment and evaluation reports, testing, etc., and within ten business days a 1.5 to 3-page report with professional impressions, recommendations, and goals (if services are recommended) will be provided. These evaluations are not diagnostic in nature and are best for tutoring purposes for creating decoding and spelling goals. Low test scores will indicate that the parent should follow up with a psychologist for additional testing (we can recommend them to you!). Our Literacy Teachers cannot produce ICD-10 codes as they are not licensed therapists.

  • Approximately $500 Full Literacy Assessment (for phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, fluency and reading comprehension)

These assessments include at least a 90 minute in-home visit review previous assessment and evaluation reports, testing, etc., and within ten business days a 3 to 5-page report with professional impressions, recommendations, and goals (if services are recommended) will be provided. These evaluations are not diagnostic in nature and are best for tutoring purposes for creating decoding and spelling goals. Low test scores will indicate that the parent should follow up with a psychologist for additional testing (we can recommend them to you!).

The nature of the Reading Literacy Decoding Spelling Assessments is for tutoring purposes only. The literacy assessments performed by our qualified staff are effective for creating targeted literacy goals, not for identifying diagnosed learning disabilities related to literacy. If a diagnosis is needed for documentation to support a 504 Plan or an IEP, we will need to refer out to an appropriate out-of-pocket neuropsychologist for a neuropsychological evaluation and potential diagnosis. We work with the top local neuropsychologists and are happy to personally introduce you to them for a free consultation. Please note that these private neuropsychological out-of-pocket evaluations cost an average of $5,000-6,000. We have also compiled a list of low-cost neuropsychological evaluations.

Some children who display literacy weaknesses also experience delays in their expressive or expressive/receptive language skills (sometimes referred to as language processing skills). These children may show signs of a language disorder, so we can provide speech language evaluations by licensed language pathologists who diagnose and treat students with language weaknesses. Click here to read about How to Get a Dyslexia Diagnosis for Your Child.

Our online literacy assessments assess phonological awareness, foundational literacy skills, and writing for kindergarten through 12th grade. Our literacy assessments take approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours to administer and our divided into two sessions. A high-quality literacy assessment provides detailed information about the specific literacy needs of your child.

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