Astoria Speech & Language is a private practice clinic located in the heart of Astoria. We are comprised of a team of highly skilled speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists who provide speech-language and occupational therapy services to children and adults of all ages. Founded by Leah Blakeley in 2016, Astoria Speech & Language clinic has proudly provided services for hundreds of families in the community.
Our office relocated in 2020 to a custom-built office to better accommodate the needs of our clients. Our newly built space has elevator access, large therapy rooms for individual or group sessions, a spacious waiting room, and a reading nook.
At Astoria Speech & Language, we focus on the individual needs of each client, with an emphasis on family collaboration. We provide individual sessions, group sessions, parent-coaching, and in-person or virtual therapy models. All of our sessions are individualized and cater to the specific needs of each client. Astoria Speech & Language is an encouraging environment with reliable therapeutic resources for anyone looking to improve their skills.
1000+ Hours Of Sessions
500+ Happy Clients
10+ Years Of Experience
We are a team of highly skilled speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists who provide services to children and adults of all ages.
Leah Blakeley is the owner and senior clinician at Astoria Speech and Language. She is a New York state licensed and American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) Certified Speech Language Pathologist who works and resides in New York City. Leah received a Bachelor's of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Master's of Arts from New York University in Speech-Language Pathology.
Leah is PROMPT trained (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets: a multi-sensory and holistic approach to speech and oral motor therapy), certified in the Orton Gillingham based reading program Wilson Reading System, and holds a TSSLD (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities) certificate in New York State.
Leah has taught the graduate course on Language Disorders in School Aged Children at New York University and been guest lecturer for New York University's graduate program in Speech Language Pathology. She has thirteen years of Speech Therapy experience both in schools and in private practice.
Lexi is a New York State licensed and American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) Certified Speech and Language Pathologist who works and resides in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science Disorders from St. John's University and a Master's of Science from Seton Hall University.
Lexi is PROMPT trained, trained in the Wilson Reading Program, and holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State. She has specific training in Social Development Intervention (SDI) for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum Disorder through New York University's Autism Spectrum Disorders- Nest Program. Lexi has been providing therapy services and conducting evaluations for the New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program for three years. Additionally, she has five years of school-based Speech Therapy experience where she has developed and implemented individualized education programs (IEPs) for students from K-12th grade.
Dawn is a New York State-licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 20 years of experience. Dawn Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science Disorders from Queens College and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. Dawn currently holds an additional license of Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH).
Dawn has experience with a wide range of speech and language disorders including: Expressive and Receptive Language Delays, Articulation and Phonological Delays, Fluency Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Delays, Hearing Loss, and Intellectual Disabilities. Additionally, Dawn has a passion for literacy and uses various programs including Lively Letters, Sight Words You Can See, Recipe for Reading, and various aspects of Orton-Gillingham to teach literacy to her clients.
Dawn currently works for the New York City Department of Education where she services preschool-aged students through fifth grade. Dawn also supervises graduate students in the field of Speech Pathology and has supervised many speech students in their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Dawn is excited to be part of our team.
Nicole is a New York State licensed and American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) certified Speech Language Pathologist who works and resides in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Molloy College.
Nicole is PROMPT trainied and holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State. She is also trained in the Recipe for Reading program. Nicole has 4 years of school-based speech therapy experience where she develops and implements individualized education program (IEPs) for students K-5th grade. Nicole 3 years of experience working in the home and clinic settings working with children ages birth-3.
Jennifer is a New York State licensed and American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Binghamton, and her Master of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State.
Jennifer has experience working in private practices and pre-schools, and also works as a clinical supervisor for graduate students. She has worked with clients from ages 2-75. She has experience working with pediatric and adult populations with language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, pragmatic disorders, acquired cognitive disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders, literacy skill development, and auditory processing disorders.
Jennifer provides individual and group therapy, and includes families and caregivers in creating therapy goals. She enjoys educating clients and their families about the purpose and use of therapeutic strategies and approaches, in an effort to create an inclusive and functional therapy environment.
Megan Nathel, MA CF-SLP, TSSLD earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech- Language Pathology from Long Island University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Georgia, where she majored in Early Childhood Education. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship to receive her NYS license. She currently works and resides in New York. She has worked with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations.
Megan has experience providing services in clinics, schools, and medical centers. She has experience working with various communication needs including expressive and receptive language delay/disorder, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, aphasia, cognitive-communicative disorders, apraxia, and dysphagia.
Lauren is a current Clinical Fellow and received her Master of Arts degree from Lehman College in New York City. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State.
Lauren ensures evidence-based practice when treating all her clients. She individualizes therapy goals and techniques to address the unique needs of the children and adults she works with. Lauren provides speech therapy with a play-based approach by providing fun and motivating activities which keep children engaged and eager to learn. She values collaborating with families by providing speech and language strategies that can be carried over during day-to-day activities. She is passionate about fostering speech and language development so that children and adults are better able to communicate and socialize with their parents, siblings, and peers.
Lauren recently founded a non-profit, The Berkshire Project, an inclusive art and music-based retreat that strives to develop connections for adults of all abilities that will last for years to come.
Joanna Kaufman is a Clinical Fellow who received her Master of Science from Touro College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate from New York State.
Joanna has experience providing services in clinics, schools, and short/long term rehabilitation centers. She also has experience working with various communication needs including articulation disorders, phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language delay, autism spectrum disorder, aphasia, and cognitive-communication disorders. She is passionate about providing client centered therapy and helping her clients reach their optimal speech and language potential.
Jessica Suarez is currently a Clinical Fellow and received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Lehman College. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State. Jessica has experience providing individualized therapeutic and diagnostic services to pediatric and adult populations with receptive/expressive language impairments, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders, cognitive communication disorders, autism spectrum disorder, alternative and augmentative communication, and aphasia. She has worked in a variety of clinical, academic, and organizational settings to deliver individual and group therapy to culturally and linguistically diverse clients.
Jessica is passionate about achieving her clients' communicative potential by collaborating with her clients and caregivers to identify appropriate goals and develop unique strategies and therapeutic approaches for treatment. Since Jessica has both Greek and Spanish heritage, she enjoys learning languages. Jessica is an intermediate Spanish and Portuguese speaker, beginner in Greek, and regularly completes lessons to improve all her languages.
Cecilia Bolger is a Clinical Fellow who received a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Lehman College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders with minors in Deaf Studies and Psychology from SUNY New Paltz. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate as well as a Bilingual Extension.
Cecilia has experience working in clinical, academic, and medical settings. She has worked with adults and pediatric populations in the areas of expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, behavioral feeding disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Cecilia is fluent in Spanish and a beginner in American Sign Language (ASL). She is passionate about helping and educating bilingual families to ensure their language and culture is preserved when treating speech and language disorders.
Kathryn Klein is a New York State licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University of Saint Augustine and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Florida Southern College. Kathryn has experience working with all ages and in a variety of different settings but enjoys her most recent roles in outpatient settings (sensory gyms) and schools, working with the pediatric populations (ages 2-21).
Kathryn values ‘therapeutic use of self’ meaning that she collaborates with her clients and their families to determine interests that motivate and facilitate participation towards reaching a client’s goals. Occupational therapy sessions can include but are not limited to working on the following skills: Sensory processing, fine motor, gross motor, visual motor and visual perceptual, and activities of daily living (i.e. tying shoes, getting dressed, etc.). Being able to engage and participate functionally in daily tasks is important – that’s why Kathryn always strives to help your child put the FUN into FUNction!
Brigid is a New York State licensed and American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) Certified Speech and Language Pathologist who works and resides in New York City. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Communication Science Disorders and Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (PK-4) from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Arts in Speech Language Hearing Science from Temple University.
Brigid holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State. Brigid currently works at a private school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has two years of school-based Speech Therapy experience where she has developed and implemented individualized education programs (IEPs) for students from Preschool-4th grade.