Therapy Services for Speech and Language Disorders
11-26 Saddle River Road, Fairlawn NJ

Staff

Julia Chernova M.A., CCC-SLP

Julia Chernova founded Speech Therapy Plus LLC in 2015, a center that specializes in many services for young children and adults including Expressive and Receptive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, auditory processing, social pragmatic language, fluency disorders, stuttering and feeding/swallowing disorders and language impairments. Julia received training for the  Associate level through the Academy of Orton – Gillingham.  She has been utilizing the Orton-Gillingham multisensory, kinesthetic and phonic approach to help children who have difficulties with reading, spelling, and writing. Julia is also a member of the IAOM (International Association of Orofacial Myology) and is trained to treat a range of orofacial myology disorders that often impact tongue placement, tongue thrust, tongue ties, feeding/swallowing, noxious oral habits, airway patency/disordered breathing, airway orthodontics and craniofacial development..

Julia graduated Montclair State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.  Julia is an English-Russian bilingual speech-language pathologist. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and  the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology with dual speech-language licensure from the states of New York and New Jersey.  She also holds a Speech Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.  Julia is currently  a clinical supervisor for students at Yeshiva University.  She also worked as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor for students at KEAN  university for the Department of Speech Language Pathology. She helped develop and instructed a class in  Later Language Development.

During her professional career, Julia has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. She also has gained experience working as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, homes, daycare’s, and outpatient rehabilitation.  She earned additional training in the LiPS program for children with speech and reading disorders. Julia is PROMPT Level 1 trained and has and extensive experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and voice output devices.

Suzanne Erickson M.S., CCC-SLP

Suzanne graduate from Kean University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair University.  Suzanne is certified as a speech language pathologist by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of NJ.  She also has a certification as a  school speech language specialist in NJ.  Suzanne has extensive experience working with children with many different disabilities both in the private and public school settings.  She has also continued to work with young children as part of the NJ state Early Intervention System.  Additionally, Suzanne has experience as a supervisor for both graduate students and clinical fellows, overseeing and mentoring clinical internships and externships.  Suzanne has training in Level one PROMPT, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and the Picture Exchange Communication System.

Leah Finnegan M.S., CCC-SLP

Leah graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She attended Molloy College where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Leah is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), is fully licensed in the state of New Jersey, and holds the Speech and Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. Leah is Level 1 trained in PROMPT Therapy and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Leah has training and experience with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) users.

Leah has a comprehensive background in treating children and adults with autism and is a Registered Behavior Technician from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). She incorporates her knowledge and experience of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in therapy to address and decrease challenging behaviors in children and adults. Leah’s other areas of experience include feeding and swallowing disorders in the pediatric and geriatric populations.

Jennifer Savitsky M.A., CCC-SLP

As a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist, Jennifer has enjoyed serving individuals across the life span from 2 to 102.  She has worked in pediatric clinics, private schools serving individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, subacute rehabilitation facilities, and adult outpatient facilities.  Special areas of clinical interest include: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), articulation and phonological speech sound disorders, language impairment, AAC training using LAMP and Aided Language Stimulation approaches, and social skills training.  Jennifer has received ASHA’s Award for Continuing Education (ACE).  Her training includes, but is not limited to: the PROMPT method (Levels 1 and 2 trained), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for childhood apraxia of speech, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) approach to AAC training, behavioral based interventions for autism such as Pivotal Response Treatment, and the VitalStim dysphagia therapy system.  Jennifer has training in the treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders and is a member of the Interntional Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).  Jennifer loves her field and values ongoing professional development to provide the most appropriate services to her clients.  She is proud to work alongside the skillful team at Speech Therapy Plus.

Jennifer holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA), and holds a Speech Language Specialist (SLS) certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education. Jennifer received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University in 2011. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education (K-5) from Rowan University.

Alexandria Soto M.A., CCC-SLP

Alexandria graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and received a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Alexandria is certified as a speech language pathologist by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the state of New Jersey. She also holds the Speech and Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Alexandria has experience working in the public school and private practice setting. She has knowledge and experience in PROMPT therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and voice output programs such as Proloquo 2 Go. Throughout her professional career, she has predominantly worked with children ranging in age from 3-12. She has gained experience in providing therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, Apraxia of Speech and various syndromes. Alexandria has assessed and treated children for receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, articulation disorders, auditory processing disorders and pragmatic disorders. She enjoys working with the pediatric population and helping children become effective communicators in their individualized ways!

Sarah Brenner M.S., CCC-SLP

Sarah graduated from Ithaca College with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Sarah holds a New Jersey state license, a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and a Speech Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Sarah has experience working in private schools, public schools, and Early Intervention. Special areas of interest include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, functional communication, social skills, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Additionally, Sarah has worked very closely with Board Certified Behavior Analysts to use communication as a replacement for maladaptive behaviors. Sarah received Level 1 and Level 2 training from Pyramid Educational Consultants in the Picture Exchange Communication System, and has experience working with various voice output devices. She has worked with children with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, processing disorders, and pragmatic disorders.

Sarah believes that everyone deserves to have a voice and loves helping children learn to use theirs to become effective communicators.

Lindsay Shaw M.S., CCC-SLP

Lindsay Shaw graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Lindsay is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), is fully licensed in the state of New Jersey, and holds the Speech and Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Lindsay’s experience includes working in public schools with students ranging in age from 3-21 and Early Intervention with children birth to 3. She has worked to address Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Expressive/ Receptive Language Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Voice Disorders, And Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with both low and high tech devices. Lindsay has experience working in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital setting with Cognitive- Communication Disorders, Aphasia, Motor Speech Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, and Dysphagia. Lindsay enjoys working with both pediatric and geriatric populations!
 

Kathryn Fuentes M.A., CCC-SLP

Kathryn is currently a clinical fellow who graduated from the College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in communication disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University. She also has her speech language specialist certification from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Kathryn has experience in outpatient pediatric hospitals working with children who presented with a variety of comorbid disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. She has experience evaluating and treating these children for expressive, receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and articulation disorders. Kathryn also has experience at inpatient rehabilitation centers: evaluating and treating adults with receptive and expressive language, motor speech, dysphagia, and cognitive communicating disorders. Kathryn enjoys working with children to help them gain confidence in their communication abilities and reach their full potential, and enjoys working with adults to help them rehabilitate their skills.

 

Kathryn Milewski M.A., CF-SLP

Kathryn graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in Japanese and international studies. She received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University. She also holds a speech-language specialist certificate to work in NJ public schools.

Kathryn has experience treating children in a public school setting with expressive/receptive language disorders, motor speech disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, social communication disorders, auditory processing disorders, and fluency disorders. She also has experience working in an acute inpatient rehabilitation setting to address traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, motor speech disorders, dementia, cognitive-communication disorders, and dysphagia. Kathryn particularly loves working with children to help them develop effective communication skills in order to fully express themselves, be understood by others, and succeed in all aspects of their lives. She also enjoys working with adults to enhance their communication skills or restore communication skills that were negatively impacted by stroke, brain injury, and other causes.

Sabrina Stein M.A., CF-SLP

Sabrina received her Master of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, looking to leverage extensive experience working with children through Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA) into a challenging position in education. She completed her Teacher Certification to become a bilingual Spanish/English educator for children with special needs. After working as a bilingual Spanish/English Pre-K Special Education teacher, she pursued her Master’s from Montclair State University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, providing her with the opportunity to work with diverse populations in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Her experience as a student clinician with a private practice and at the Montclair State University Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (MSU-CASLP) provided her with the ability to efficiently administer speech, language, voice, and cognitive-linguistic diagnostic assessments for pediatric and adult clients. She has designed and implemented individualized plans of care for pediatric clients presenting with language disorders, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, pragmatic deficits, autism spectrum disorders, and attention-hyperactive deficit disorders. Additionally, she has designed and implemented individualized plans of care for adult clients presenting with cognitive-communication and verbal expression deficits associated with dementia, stroke, and other medically complex diagnoses. Sabrina is passionate about developing dynamic approaches to language therapy while continuing to connect families to resources as well as developing supportive communities.

 

 

Barbara Schmidt M.S., OTR/L

Barbara received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997 from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, graduating with distinction.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the State University of NY at Buffalo.  Barbara is a registered member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).  She is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey and holds a School Occupational Therapist Certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.  She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Barbara has over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and has worked with both adult and pediatric populations.  She has worked in school-based settings for over 19 years, with students ranging in age from 3 through 21.  She has provided Occupational Therapy intervention in specialized schools to address fine and gross motor, visual motor, perceptual motor, neurodevelopmental, motor planning, handwriting, and sensory processing deficits that interfere with students’ functional classroom skills.  She has worked with students with various diagnoses including developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, and Chromosomal disorders.

MaryElizabeth A. Bischak, MS, OTR/L

Marybeth graduated from Tufts University – Boston School of Occupational Therapy with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  She is a registered member of the National Board for Certification In Occupational Therapy, Inc.  She is also member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  She is licensed in the state of New Jersey and also holds a School Occupational Therapist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Marybeth’s experience includes working in both public schools and early intervention.   She has worked to address learning, sensory processing, motor planning, gross motor, fine motor, visual motor,handwriting, and visual perceptual deficits in children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy.  She has training in the Handwriting Without Tears program as well as Radiant Child Yoga.

 

Stephanie Valerio, M.B.A-H M 

Stephanie attended Ramapo College of New Jersey and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She earned her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management at Western Governors University. She has had 7 years of customer service experience, serving as a Student Aide at the Office of Residence Life throughout all four years of undergrad, and Resident Assistant for first-year freshman residents. Upon graduating with her degree, she worked as a Physical Therapist Aide in an outpatient Physical Therapy facility where quality patient care and customer service where among two of her top priorities. She obtained a strong attention to detail, as well as organizational skills while working as a Student Aide and has carried both qualities ever since. She worked as an Office Manager in a private Speech Therapy clinic before joining Speech Therapy Plus LLC as a Business Administrator. She provides full administrative support to clinical staff and patients.

 

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