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Christine Genna M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Christine Genna, founder of Brooklyn’s Speech Garden, is a state and nationally certified speech language pathologist. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and she is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Christine earned her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.

Christine has pursued post-graduate education in training parents of children with language delays and is a Hanen certified speech language pathologist. She recognizes the importance of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention, and enjoys empowering caregivers through teaching practical and powerful language facilitation strategies to help children communicate during every day routines. Christine is an advocate for early identification and treatment of speech and language delays, which foster later social and academic success. 

Christine has worked in a variety of settings including home and community based, preschool, elementary, middle and high schools, and private practice clinics. Christine has worked in general education, special education and integrated schools; and incorporates curriculum related material into therapy sessions. She enjoys working with families to provide evidence-based practice in a supportive learning environment which targets each individual child’s learning style. She believes this collaboration is the key to generalization of skills learned within therapy.

Sara Sowyrda M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Sara Sowyrda is a certified and licensed bilingual speech-language pathologist at both the state and national levels. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification with a Bilingual Extension in Spanish. Sara obtained an M.S. Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and a B.A. in French Studies and Linguistics from SUNY Albany. Since moving to the New York City area, she has been providing bilingual therapy services to school-age children with a variety of communication disorders, delays, and needs, ranging from ages 4 – 15. As a therapist, Sara strives to bridge the communication and often cultural gap between parents, teachers, and students in an effort to achieve effective and efficient academic outcomes.

Kathy Salerno, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Kathy Salerno is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children and adults with a wide range of communication challenges. She is a graduate of the masters program in Communication Sciences at Hunter College (CUNY), and she holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA. Kathy is a PROMPT Level II trained clinician specializing in treatment of speech/language disorders in children, including apraxia and autism spectrum disorder. She is currently pursuing PROMPT certification.

Kaili Ets Hon.B.HSc., M.Sc.OT Occupational Therapist, OTR/L

Kaili Ets is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who has been working in pediatrics since 2008. She trained in Canada, graduating from the University of Toronto in 2007 with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Kaili has been living and working in New York City for the past 2.5 years. She currently provides assessment and treatment to children ages 0-5 years, with a variety of diagnoses including, learning disability, Autism/Asperger’s, attention deficit disorder, developmental delays, and physical disabilities. She works mainly with children one to one, or in small groups, and her treatment focuses on sensory integration, activities of daily living (ADLs), and fine motor skills. She also consults with teachers regarding classroom strategies and sensory diets, as well as families through more of an embedded coaching/parent training model. Kaili has training in Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Autism, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Handwriting Without Tears, along with various other pediatric courses and approaches. Kaili has a passion for nutrition and how it relates not only to her health, but to its importance with individuals with Autism and is looking forward to further training in nutrition and feeding approaches.

Suzanne Goldenberg HTR

For over sixteen years, Suzanne Goldenberg has been an artist and educator, teaching environmental science, art, literacy and gardening in New York City public schools and community gardens. She has worked as an instructor in NYC public schools teaching environmental science and art with the Apple Seed Program under the auspices of The Horticultural Society of New York. For seven years she gardening and art in NYC community gardens with the Trust For Public Land’s Children’s Gardening Program and City Spaces, and is currently Director of The Farm Arts Program at Camp Ballibay in Northeast Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Film from McGill University and an M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her Art Education Certificate at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She lives and teaches in New York, maintaining a studio practice and exhibiting her work in New York City galleries. She is currently completing her certificate In Horticultural Therapy at The New York Botanical Gardens, (HTR, September 2014)


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