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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year 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 Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 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 Duygu Başaran ★★★★★ 11 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 Kelley Peters-Patel ★★★★★ a year 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 R Elmore ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 4 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 ★★★★★ 4 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 ★★★★★ 4 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 ★★★★★ 4 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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Miss. Shelley has changed our son’s life in a way we never thought possible. She is patient and kind, but most of all, effective. Our seven-year-old has been working with Miss. Shelley for almost a year. During that time, our son has gone from below average to exceeding expectations. He’s more confident and fluid in his reading and writing and continues to make excellent progress. Most importantly, Miss. Shelley deals extremely well with our son’s periodic lack of focus. She manages to bring him “back” to the table with her techniques and patience. I would urge any parent whose child struggles with reading to jump on the opportunity to work with her. Miss. Shelley appears to use just the right mix of tools in her lessons. Repeating the basics, introducing new concepts, some games to keep things interesting, and finally, some reading and writing. We are truly grateful for Miss. Shelley and continue to look forward to working with her in the future."

- Vassiliki

We were happy with Michelle’s services."
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.

Samantha is a true gem!".
Samantha was the perfect match for our 9 yr. old son. After evaluation, Samantha prepared a plan with goals and within one month of services, Gregory was already showing improvements in his executive function abilities and writing. Samantha's positive energy and poise make a world of difference. Consequently, Gregory worked on his school assignments with pride and attention. The improvement was visible and we are thrilled with the results.

- with much gratitude, Deborah (Greg's mom)

Allison has been absolutely wonderful. Juliet’s writing has improved by leaps and bounds, as has her confidence. Allison is patient and kind. Here’s a text I sent her last night: “I just wanted to say that I’ve never seen Juliet happier coming back from any tutoring, lesson, or therapy as she is when comes back from seeing you.” We feel very lucky to have found her. Thank you for all of your help sending her to us!

- David

Daria has been wonderful! Our daughter really enjoys working with her and has been making good progress.

- Brienna, mom of a 7 year old

Clint has been a good fit for our son! He’s made a lot of thoughtful suggestions that have helped him improve, such as having him do short free writing sessions each day to increase his stamina for writing. Out of the blue yesterday he told us that he likes school! So that’s a marked change from where we were at in the fall!

- Roger
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Writing Tutoring – Writing or written expression is one of the fundamental skills of literacy and communication and must be consistently enhanced from elementary school, middle school, to high school. But for some children, developing good writing skills needs special attention. This is particularly true for children with learning disabilities. A student with a learning difficulty will typically struggle with literacy, particularly with writing skills.

For students struggling at the word level with encoding (spelling), we highly recommend an Orton Gillingham approach with an emphasis on spelling tutoring. For students writing at the sentence level, writing tutoring can introduce various strategies and techniques to guide students at the written level. For students struggling at the oral level of literacy, we have speech language therapists/pathologists who help students with their oral and written forms of literacy. Some students need help with vocabulary acquisition. For students with executive functioning (EF) difficulties, e.g. planning, organizing ideas etc., we help these students with EF at the appropriate modality/modalities, e.g. written, oral, both.

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Writing Intervention Strategies

Writing is a multidimensional skill that requires mastery of different processes. From elementary to high school, students must learn spelling, handwriting, and also planning, organizing, and revising ideas. Children with learning disabilities often have problems with phonemic processing (representing and manipulating sounds), alphabetic principles (recognizing sounds represented by letters), and letter-sound connections. This leads to difficulties in the transcription aspect of writing, and consequently, to their inability to communicate thoughts and ideas.

Effective writing tutoring and intervention must address all aspects of the writing process using a particular strategy. Self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) is an instructional approach that adds self-regulation elements when teaching writing beyond the word level. It is designed to help your child learn, use, and adopt techniques and strategies used by skilled writers. Through SRSD, students track, evaluate, and revise their writing to encourage independent learning and self-monitoring.

Guidance and scaffolded instruction are crucial to SRSD as teachers or writing tutors must explicitly show students how to create meaning when writing. There are six stages of instructional sequence that writing tutors and teachers can follow to help learners become more independent and adept at using SRSD. These stages are flexible, and the order is often rearranged, combined, modified, or repeated depending on the needs of the student and teacher (Graham & Harris, 2005).

  • Develop background knowledge – The instructor explains and teaches skills a learner will need to understand, learn, and apply a particular strategy.
  • Discuss it – The instructor evaluates the learner’s current writing performance before introducing a new strategy. He or she will then explain and discuss how it can help the learner accomplish writing tasks and become a more proficient writer.
  • Model it – Through self-talk, think-aloud, and self-instruction, the instructor models the strategy to the learner. They will then discuss how to tailor it to meet the student’s needs.
  • Memorize it – The learner memorizes the steps using mnemonics (if applicable) and self-statements.
  • Support it – The student practices the strategy as often and in as many ways as possible. At the same time, the instructor supports, gives feedback, prompts, and encourages the learner. The levels of support and scaffolding decrease gradually over time to strengthen the learner’s independence and self-regulation skills.
  • Independent performance – The learner practices and adapts the writing strategy independently.
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Techniques for Writing Instruction

At Staten Island Letters,  our writing tutors focus on specialized and individualized intervention to improve the student’s written skills. The scope of our instruction addresses the six traits of writing, which are key ingredients in proficient writing. The six traits framework also allows teachers and tutors to assess a learner’s skills, identify strengths, and target weaknesses. These traits are:

  • Ideas / Content: This refers to the main idea of a piece of writing. Learners choose a single topic and elaborate on it, using relevant information or supporting ideas to make the message clearer.
  • Organization: This refers to the planning, drafting, and revising of thoughts and ideas. Students learn to reveal and write ideas logically (with a beginning, middle, and end).
  • Word Choice: This refers to the effectiveness of each word that a student uses in a piece of writing. A strong vocabulary is important so the learner can use rich and colorful language as well as use the right words to convey a specific meaning.
  • Sentence Fluency: Readability is key in effective writing, which means sentences must flow smoothly, are easy to read, and have complete thoughts and variety.
  • Grammar or Conventions: This trait refers to the learner’s ability to follow spelling rules, punctuation, capitalization, and proper grammar (such as conjugating verbs and knowing when to use those cute little adverbs).
  • Voice: Learners need to be able to express themselves through writing. This is key in creating their own unique styles that showcase their individuality.

We teach strategies to facilitate writing development and address crucial writing skills, including:

  • Vocabulary (nouns, action words, descriptors)
  • Grammar (sentence construction, verb tense, and fragments, among others)
  • Types of sentences (statements, questions)
  • Increasing linguistic complexity (compound to complex sentences)
  • Types of paragraphs (reason, persuasion, comparison, and contrasting)

Improving organization/cohesion of ideas (map out setting, identifying problems, goals, episodes, connecting ideas, visual and verbal organizers, and more).

(Related: Learn about Staten Island Letters’ Online Literacy Assessment Evaluation).

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Jill M.
M.S., Literacy Specialist
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Dan B.
Certified Childhood
General And Special Education (Grades 1-6)
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Tamara C.
NY Early Childhood and
Students with Disabilities (B-2)
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MAT in Early Childhood Education,
Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
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Anastasiya K.
MA, NYS Certified
(Birth-Grade 2)
General And Special Education
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Clint K.
Master’s in General
and Special Education
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Tatiana S.
M.S. Elementary Education,
Certificate in Childhood
(Grades 1-6)
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Janeese C.
Bachelor of Science
in Elementary Education
and Master’s Degree in
Special Education

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