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Speech Therapy for Kids and Toddlers to Help Them Advance

You’ve found your home for pediatric speech therapy in NYC – and we’re glad you’re here! Learn about our supportive, integrated team, focused on connecting with you to ensure the best outcomes possible for your child.


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Speech Therapy for Kids in NYC

Your child is one-of-a-kind, and his or her developmental needs are unique. That’s why you deserve a caring team that meets you right where you are and gives you answers to your questions about your child’s specific challenges. At Open Lines, we work with you to set goals for your child… and we work with you to see those goals achieved as quickly as possible.

Our NYC-based Open Lines team works with each child and their family, providing parents and other caregivers with the education and techniques needed to participate in the treatment process. Together, we can:

• Help you connect with your child through language and learning
• Help your child succeed in academic environments
• Improve your child’s communication and social abilities with peers and adults
• Reduce frustration due to difficulties understanding language and speaking

Speech therapy, speech classes, and speech-language enrichment

Children’s speech therapy goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of speech delays and disorders. Our services also include learning and literacy sessions to help students make the connection between spoken and written language. Licensed New York State Teachers provide tutoring for children of all ages and act as learning and literacy specialists. These sessions can improve reading comprehension, help overcome learning disabilities that affect socializing, prepare students for standardized tests, and more.

How can a Speech Language Pathologist help my child?


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Speech sound or articulation disorders occur when children continue to have difficulty producing sounds that are expected at a certain age. This can lead to reduced intelligibility of speech and frustration.

Childhood apraxia of speech is an impaired ability of motor planning movements necessary to produce speech even when there’s no obvious muscular problem. This typically results in reduced clarity of speech and frustration.

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Many different things can lead to voice problems for children, such as frequent shouting and poor vocal hygiene. If a voice is rough or a child runs out of air when he or she is speaking, this may be indicative of a voice-therapy problem. There are many different types of voice disorders that can be helped with therapy.

Receptive language is the ability to understand auditory messages. If your child has difficulty following directions or understanding vocabulary, he may have a language-based learning disability.

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Expressive language is the ability to produce language. It is based on the content (semantics), form (grammar), and use (pragmatics) of language at different developmental levels. If your child has difficulty answering questions accurately or telling stories, you may want to learn more about language-based learning disabilities.

Phonological Awareness involves being able to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds in words that are spoken. It also includes recognition and manipulation of rhyme, syllables, and words. Difficulties in this area may lead to reading difficulties later. Open Lines Speech Language Therapists in NYC can help.

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Reading accuracy involves learning the names of the letters of the alphabet, and the sounds those letters represent. Difficulties decoding letters into sounds and then words may affect a child’s ability to comprehend what they read.

Reading comprehension is an essential skill. Longer texts requiring higher-level reading skills, such as inferencing, may be difficult for some children. As a result, meeting academic standards can become very challenging.

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Written language expression involves using writing mechanics such as appropriate punctuation and capitalization. Children who are able to use these skills have an easier time expressing themselves through writing.

Children needing help in this area may show difficulty following a logical sequence, including appropriate and descriptive story-grammar elements or writing essays and stories that have a beginning and end.

Learn more about Speech Language Pathologist’s role in these areas and literacy needs.

We offer in-school services for New York City Preschools, providing speech therapy for NYC DOE approved-cases and private pay. We are contracted for NYC DOE CPSE services throughout Manhattan, and we accept NYC DOE RSAs in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Contact us if you are an educator in NYC and would like to schedule Speech and Language Screenings for your students.

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Learning, Literacy,and Pre-Literacy

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Learning and Literacy Specialists are licensed New York State Teachers who enhance study and reading skills.

How can a Learning and Literacy Specialist help my child?

A Learning and Literacy Specialist can…

  • Provide tutoring for children of all ages and abilities.
  • Improve reading and comprehension skills.
  • Help a child overcome or manage a learning disability such as Dyslexia, ADHD, CAPD, etc.
  • Help your gifted child develop their talents.
  • Provide Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) for your child with special needs.
  • Prepare your child for standardized testing such as ERB/WPPSI, ISEE, WISC, etc.
    • Each session incorporates a structured, systematic, multi-sensory approach to reading.
  • Students access information through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities.

Request an appointment here or call: (212) 430-6800.

Begin Your Child’s Speech Therapy Journey Today!

Your child’s speech therapy should begin sooner rather than later. Growing in the ability to interact with others, speak, read and write with confidence will lead to more success in school and in social settings.

Find the Right Speech Therapy Program for Your Child

You can also contact us at 212-430-6800 or email us for more information.