PROGRESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIP
At Sound Speech Therapy, we specialize in the treatment of speech disorders, language disorders, and early reading skills. We believe that children are willing to take risks through communication when they feel safe and motivated, so we take time to form strong relationships and bring their interests into therapy. Our play-based therapy approach makes learning fun, and we are committed to training parents to help new skills stick. Let’s work together to help your child grow!
CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH
We specialize in treating speech sound disorders within child-led activities. Our therapy methods can be incorporated into any activity to improve motor speech skills and speech sound accuracy. We also train parents to use helpful strategies and cues on their own so that each child receives the support and practice that they need to grow between sessions.
Our play-based language sessions incorporate each child’s interests to get them motivated to communicate! Our experience with both evaluation and treatment allows us to offer support for both high-tech and light-tech AAC language systems. We provide parent education and training to make sure that the whole family is on board with therapy and communicating with one another confidently.
Clinicians with additional training in Gestalt Language Processing and AAC are available!
EARLY LITERACY SKILLS
Our early literacy sessions are based on the Orton-Gillingham method. The Orton-Gillingham method is a structured, multisensory approach to teaching reading, spelling, and writing, especially to individuals with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. This method is designed to provide systematic and explicit instruction to help struggling readers build strong foundations in phonics, phonemic awareness, and language skills. We incorporate phonological awareness/phonemic awareness, decoding skills, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension during our literacy-based therapy.
MELISSA TABERSKI, M.S., CCC-SLP
I am a speech therapist with over 16 years of experience serving children with communication support needs. I earned my master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State University, and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings, including different public and non-public school settings as well as private practice.
Throughout my career, I have become passionate about treating complex communication needs through a family-centered approach. I opened Sound Speech Therapy so that I could partner with families and make quicker, more meaningful progress toward communication goals. While I am an expert in speech and language development, I recognize that parents are the experts on their child. I value the input that parents can provide, and I love working on goals that are important to the whole family.
My therapy style is highly personalized for each individual child that I work with, as I know that no two children are the same. I value connection over compliance. I am committed to incorporating my clients’ interests into sessions and to making therapy fun! I take the time to build a solid relationship with each child and family before expecting hard work and progress because trust is an essential piece of the therapeutic process.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exploring, and playing games with my wonderful husband and 10-year-old twins. I also love reading, cooking, trying new restaurants in the city, and attending Broadway shows!
ADVANCED TRAININGS & CERTIFICATIONS
Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Boot Camp Graduate
Apraxia Kids National Conference Presenter (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
Advanced training in Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing (DTTC), Speech Motor Chaining, Rapid Syllable Transition (ReST)
PROMPT Level 1 Training
AAC Trainings (Tobii Dynavox, TouchChat, LAMP, PODD)
Gestalt Langauge Processing for Natural Language Acquisition
AAC for the Gestalt Language Processor
We provide therapy services to families based in the Pittsford or Rochester area in our clinic. Our office is filled with child-friendly activities. Whether jumping on a mini-trampoline, reading books, or playing a game, we build skills while having fun.
We offer online speech therapy services to families located in New York, New Hampshire, and Maine. Teletherapy is convenient, engaging, and effective for most children, and it allows caregivers to observe and participate!
Reach out for a complimentary 15-minute consultation which can take place in-person or online. You may send any previous information, such as evaluations or IEP paperwork prior to the meeting.
If we agree that an evaluation is the next best step, then an evaluation session will be scheduled to determine current communication abilities and support needs:
After evaluations results are shared, we will partner with you to develop a meaningful plan for therapy. Our weekly therapy sessions will help your child achieve their goals!
“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”
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Address: 100 Allens Creek Rd, Suite 110
Rochester, NY 14618
Serving families in-person in the Brighton/Pittsford/Rochester area, and via teletherapy to families in New York and New Hampshire.