Speech & Language Pathology, P.C. Communicate, Speak, Listen

3767 Richmond Ave - 718-967-0359

774 Manor RD, Suite 210 - 718-983-0757

Fax: 718-967-0394

Email: brightstartspeech@gmail.com

Our Services / FAQ

Related Service Agreements with the Department of Education:
We are an approved Department of Education Related Service Provider. If your child has been approved for speech services through a Related Service Agreement (RSA) or via the CPSE program, which are issued by the Department of Education (DOE), then we can service them through that agreement.

Our Services

Our mission is to provide quality evaluative and therapeutic speech and language services. Our aim is to foster and promote the child’s development to their fullest potential. Through our services, children are empowered to utilize our strategies in their daily routines which will maximize their ability to participate in their environment.

Our services include the assessment and treatment of individuals with:

    • Accent reduction
    • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
    • Aphasia
    • Apraxia
    • Auditory Processing Disorders
    • Augmentative-Alternative Communication
    • Cleft palette
    • Cognitive deficits
    • Dysarthria
    • Dyslexia
    • Dysphagia
    • Feeding/Swallowing disorders
    • Stuttering
    • Language Delays and Disorders
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Oral Motor Dysfunction
    • Voice Disorders
    • Other Services We Offer
        • Specialized group treatment Classes
        • Recreational summer programs
        • Socialization groups for adolescents and teenagers

Frequently asked questions:

Who is a speech and language pathologist?

The role of the speech and language pathologist is to improve the person’s ability to communicate through extensive assessment, provision of individualized therapy programs, and counseling of the parent, family and child. In addition, the speech and language pathologist may advise other people responsible for the child regarding the nature of the child’s difficulties and how to maximize the potential for improvement. Speech and language pathologists provide treatment for people of all ages.

What is a communication difficulty?

Communication is the most complicated human behavior, yet it is often taken for granted. Communication involves listening, speaking, reading and writing. Communication difficulties are the result of problems with producing speech sounds, using and understanding language, voice, fluency, hearing, reading and writing.

Symptoms include:

  • No speech at all
  • Difficulty understanding simple directions
  • Unable to name objects
  • Problems understanding and formulating words

What is a speech disorder?

Speech disorders are a type of communication disorder where ‘normal’ speech is disrupted.

Disfluency:

  • Repetition of sounds, words, or phrases after age 4
  • Frustration with attempts to communicate
  • Head jerking while talking
  • Eye blinking while talking
  • Embarrassment with speech

Articulation Deficiency:

  • Unintelligible speech by age 3
  • Leaving out of consonants at the end of words by age 4
  • Persistent problems with articulation after age 7
  • Leaving out of sounds where they should occur
  • Distortion of sounds
  • Substituting an incorrect sound for a correct one

Voice disorders:

  • Pitch deviation
  • Deviations in the loudness of the voice
  • Quality deviations

What is a Language disorder/delay?

A language disorder is the impairment or deviant development of expression and/or comprehension of words in context. The disorder may involve the form of language, the content of language and/or the function of language as a communication tool. Developmental language disorder is a disorder in which an individual has lower-than-normal proficiency in vocabulary, the production of complex sentences, and recall of words.

 Symptoms:

  • Below-average vocabulary skills
  • Improper use of tenses (past, present, future)
  • Problems in the production of complex sentences
  • Problems in recalling words

How are speech and language disorders treated?

Our Speech and Language Pathologists will perform a thorough assessment and create an individualized treatment plan.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by contacting us. You do not need a referral.


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a discipline that aims to promote health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful activities. Occupational therapists work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, and/or emotionally disabling condition by utilizing treatments that develop, recover, or maintain clients’ activities of daily living. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal of occupational therapy is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Yvonne Tarzia Morano has been providing Occupational Therapy services for over 20 years. Yvonne has mentored and supervised dozens of Occupational Therapists and certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.

In a desire to provide effective therapy to children with specific needs, our Occupational Therapy space is designed to incorporate a sensory gym with suspended equipment, a trampoline, therapy balls, weighted balls, a climbing wall and crash pads. A lending library is in place which includes weighted blankets, weighted vests, weighted lap pads and therapeutic head phones and a series of listening CD’s. Space is also set aside for developing fine motor and visual perceptual motor skills and manipulative skills.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by licensed Physical Therapists.