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Staff Training:

All of our therapists are trained and licensed within their individual fields. We attend regular continuing education events
to ensure that we remain up-to-date and can incorporate the newest research into our practice. We LOVE learning!

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Here is just a partial list of the specialized training that our staff has received:

Autism and Developmental Delays:

DIR/Floortime Intermediate Certification www.icdl.com
Developing Intelligible Speech in Children with Limited Expression www.pammarshalla.com
Language:
Hanen Certification www.hanen.org
Apraxia  
PROMPT Certification Levels 1 and 2 www.promptinstitute.com
Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol www.kidspeech.com
Articulation and Oral Motor:
Seminars for Oral Motor, Articulation, and Tongue Thrust Therapy by:
Pam Marshalla www.pammarshalla.com
Sarah Rosenfeld-Johnson, Robyn Merkel-Walsh www.talktools.com
Char Boshart www.speechdynamics.com
Oral Motor and Feeding Skills in the Down Syndrome Population www.talktools.com
Fluency:
Fluency Plus for Stuttering www.speechandstuttering.com
Lidcombe Program for Stuttering sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/
asrc/index.shtml
Sensory Integration and Praxis:
Interactive Metronome Certification www.interactivemetronome.com
Sensory Processing Measure and Toolkit www.ateachabout.com
Assessment and Intervention for Praxis www.pdppro.com
Managing Visual Processing www.scheimanvisualtherapy.com

Staff Bios

Staff Bios

Yehudis Bernstein, M.S.
Speech Language Pathologist
Education: Touro College:  B.A. in Psychology and Communication Disorders
Adelphi University:  M.S. in Communication Disorders
Professional Memberships:
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Staff Bios

Ora Bulua, M.A.
Speech Language Pathologist
Education: Wayne State University: B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
University of Cincinnati: M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
Professional Memberships:
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Esther Cohen, M.H.Sc.
Speech Language Pathologist
Education: York University: B.A. Hons in Psychology
University of Toronto: M.H.Sc. in Speech and Language Pathology
Professional Memberships:
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)

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Allison Haziza, M.A.
Speech Language Pathologist
Education: Stern College, YU: B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, magna cum laude
CUNY, Queens College: M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology, high honors
CUNY, Queens College: Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Certificate
Professional Memberships:
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Pnina Jakubovic, MSc OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational Therapist
Education: York University: BSc. Hons in Psychology
University of Toronto: M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy
Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
Canadian Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)

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Mali Juda, DPT, Reg. PT
Registered Physiotherapist
Education: Ramapo College of New Jersey: B.A. Major in Psychology, Minor in Biology, magna cum laude
Hunter College, The Graduate Center: DPT
Professional Memberships:
Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
American Physiotherapy Association (APTA)

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Rivka Karoly, M.Sc.
Speech Language Pathology
Education: Touro College: B.A. in Psychology
Western Kentucky University: M.Sc. in Speech and Language Pathology
Professional Memberships:
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Alyssa Lindo, MSc., OT
Occupational Therapist
Education: Emory University: B.A. in Psychology
University of Toronto: M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy
Professional Memberships:
The College of Occupational Therapy
Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists

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Melanie Pacheco, B.A. Hons, CDA
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Education: York University: B.A. Hons in Linguistics
Durham College: Communicative Disorders Assistant Certificate
Professional Memberships:
Communicative Disorders Association of Canada (CDAAC) – Executive member and Director
International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR) – Philippine Working Group Co-Chair

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Talia Samson, M.H.Sc.
Speech Language Pathologist
Education: University of Toronto: B.A. Hons in Psychology and Linguistics
University of Toronto: M.H.Sc. in Speech Language Pathology
Professional Memberships:
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)