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Developing your child's language for lifelong success

We help children from birth to 6 years old build the foundational skills they need to comprehend and communicate in more meaningful ways.

*Offering in-home or at-school treatment in North Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and Woodstock, NY


Is your child experiencing any of these language challenges?

  • Developmental delayYour 12-15 month old rarely vocalizes and only uses 3-10 words regularly. They don't wave, show you their favorite toy, or recognize familiar objects 

  • Late talker: Your 15-18 month old seems to grasp everything you say but hasn’t started speaking or their verbal responses are minimal

  • Language delayYour 2 year old does not name all familiar items, or spontaneously use 2-words, and moves from toy to toy without true play, or hit/bite due to social frustration

  • Language gaps: Your 3-6 year old has trouble understanding daily language and social cues, or uses shortened sentences 

  • Has a diagnosis: Your child is a neurodiverse learner or is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and has difficulty with communication

If the answer is yes, you're in the right place

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It's never too early to start speech-language therapy

Your child’s brain develops connections faster in the first 5 years than at any other time. Starting early provides the strongest foundation for their future development.

Hear from parents like you

“Unlocked part of our son’s brain—and changed his life”

Arefa changed our son's life. At 2.5 our otherwise healthy/intelligent/happy child only said a handful of words and single consonant sounds and used made up signs to communicate. After a couple months of visits several times a week, he was putting multiple words together. It's like she unlocked that part of his brain. She opened the floodgates and months later he is speaking normally in full sentences. We had tried two other speech practices beforehand with no success and with one of them, a lot of frustration and fear. She came to our home for each visit, and our son would run to the door so excited when he heard her voice. To him it was an hour playdate with his toys and this fantastic, outgoing, warm friend. I cannot recommend her enough.


- Katie T

“Our son’s speech improved by leaps and bounds”

When we first met Arefa we were very concerned about our son’s speech delay. Arefa put us at ease with her warm manner and expert knowledge. She worked with our son for a year during which we enjoyed close, clear communication and saw leaps and bounds in our son’s speech. Arefa also gave us wonderful insights into his behavior and went above and beyond in working with his teacher and OT. We still talk about Arefa at home and miss having her in our lives. While our son continues to have speech therapy now offered in his school, we miss the consistent communication and how much Arefa enjoyed celebrating and unpacking our wins and advances. She is so engaged and good at what she does that we strongly recommend her for any age child, for any speech therapy needs. Arefa is an absolute gem.


- Amy Lipkin

“Within no time, my daughter was saying words and communicating”

Arefa worked with my daughter starting at under 2 years old, as she was not speaking at all. First thing to know about Arefa is that she is wonderful at helping a child feel comfortable. My daughter did not separate from me at that time except for a select few trusted adults, Arefa being one. Regarding her therapy, Arefa learned quickly what games my daughter responded best to and adjusted on the fly to keep her attention. From there, Arefa’s actual techniques to teach my daughter her sounds were, in short, effective. Within no time, my daughter was saying sounds and communicating. That was the beginning of a wonderful experience for my daughter facing and overcoming a challenge because of the right support. I am indebted to Arefa and highly recommend her services.


- Shara Mendelson

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