Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist

Lisa M. Connors M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

I completed my undergraduate studies in Communications Sciences and Disorders at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.  I maintain a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and an active member of both the New York State Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) as well as the American Acadamy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSSPA).   I currently service the needs of children ages birth - 20 years with speech, language, feeding, and social pragmatic language difficulties in several therapeutic settings including homes, schools, private clinics and hospitals throughout NYC. I have worked for several well-known pediatric rehabilitation facilities including Sunny Days Early Intervention, TheraCare, Inc., Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) North, and the New York City Department of Education (NYC-DOE). My mission is to provide children and their families with accurate information, critical diagnosis and treatment resources, as well as individualized family- and child-centered treatment plans.

lisa@playandsayspeechservices.com


Speech-Language Pathologist

Marguerite Cavalcante M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

I received both my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John's University in Queens, New York. I maintain a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and a member of both the New York State Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) as well as the American Acadamy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSSPA). I am currently employed by the New York City Department of Education where I provide speech and language therapy to children with a variety of special needs. I service children between the ages of birth to 3 years old for the New York City Early Intervention Program, with a focus in early language development and Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I enjoy working closely with children and their caregivers to maximize their potential.

marguerite@playandsayspeechservices.com


Occupational Therapist

Mariel Zaken, OTR/L

I earned my degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of Health Related Professions at SUNY Downstate. I have worked in a variety of settings including homes, schools, hospitals and private clinics. In addition to working a Play & Say Speech Services I also work at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department in Children's Specialized Hospital in Toms River, NJ. Previously I worked at Applied ABC Early Intervention Agency, where I primarily treated children ages birth - three years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I continued my work with this population of students at the Atidaynu Our Future School. I also worked along side Lisa Casale in the Staten Island University Hospital's Pediatric Rehabilitation Department for over two years. There, I applied my knowledge and expertise in treating young children with developmental delay, motor difficulties, and sensory integration disorder both in their homes and within the hospital's facility. I specialize in the treatment of children ages birth - adolescence with developmental disabilities and sensory integration disorder. I have a strong background working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and am trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) instruction. I believe in the utilization of a combination of sensory, behavior, and naturalistic approaches to therapeutic intervention tailoring my therapy to each individual's needs.

mariel@playandsayspeechservices.com