Astoria | LIC Speech & Language is a private practice clinic with two locations, one in the heart of Astoria and the other in the center of Long Island City. We are comprised of a team of highly skilled speech-language pathologists who provide speech and language services to children and adults of all ages. Founded by Leah Blakeley in 2016, Astoria | LIC 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. We opened our second location in February of 2022 to offer our services to even more families in Western Queens.
At Astoria | LIC 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 | LIC Speech & Language is an encouraging environment with reliable therapeutic resources for anyone looking to improve their communication skills.
1000+ Hours Of Sessions
500+ Happy Clients
10+ Years Of Experience
We are comprised of a team of highly skilled speech-language pathologists who provide speech and language 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 each semester for the last 3 years. Leah is conversational in American Sign Language. She has fourteen 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 seven 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 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 six years of school-based speech therapy experience where she develops and implements individualized education program (IEPs) for students K-5th grade.
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 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 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 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.
Cecilia Bolger 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.
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.
Lauren is a New York State licensed and American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) Certified Speech and Language Pathologist. She also holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in New York State. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. Lauren has over ten years of experience providing both school and clinic-based speech-language intervention. She currently works at a non-public special education middle school on Long Island, where she has been since 2011. She has developed and implemented individualized education plans (IEPs) for students from 6th-9th grade. Lauren has experience in treating a wide range of speech-language needs, including articulation disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency (stuttering), autism and learning disabilities. She strives to tailor therapy goals and techniques to meet the individual needs of each child she works with.
After earning her BA in Linguistics, English, and Education from Bucknell University, Katie received her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University in order to apply her passion for language and communication to support both pediatric and geriatric populations. She has clinical experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), feeding, dysphagia, articulation and phonological disorders, and motor speech disorders. She is skilled in working with children presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and receptive and expressive language disorders. Katie is also passionate about working with adults who present with aphasia, cognitive-linguistic deficits, and dysarthria, as well as lymphedema and speech and swallowing disorders secondary to head and neck cancer, stroke, TBI, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. She is certified in voice treatment programs, including SpeakOut! and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD).Katie enjoys working to create activities unique to each client. She believes in educating, learning from, and collaborating with families, and other therapy professionals, to help facilitate maximum success outside of the therapy room.
Heidi is a Clinical Fellow who received her MS from Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate with a bilingual extension in Korean (TSSLD-BE) from New York State and is certified in the voice treatment program LSVT-LOUD. She graduated with a BA in Mathematical Economics at Colorado College before following her interests in language development to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. In treatment, Heidi emphasizes the importance of building a trusting clinical relationship and highly values collaboration with clients’ support systems. She has experience treating mono- and multi-lingual children from 9 months to 13 years old across a variety of syndromes and speech-language disorders and delays, including learning disabilities, receptive/expressive language disorders, autism, fluency disorders, cleft-affected speech, and Kleefstra’s syndrome.
Aryel Newmark is a New York State licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification. Aryel received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University and her Master of Science from Touro College. Aryel works as a speech-language pathologist in the school and private practice setting. She has treated preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school students. She also has experience in early intervention with two and three-year-old children within a center-based program. Aryel has extensive knowledge of articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, social pragmatic disorders, and improving phonological awareness skills to help children become proficient readers. Aryel is passionate about implementing research-based treatment strategies and collaborating with parents, teachers, and clinicians to provide the best possible care.
Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Boston University and then went on to work as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in Los Angeles for 2 years. As a SLPA, Rebecca worked in an Early Intervention Clinic and in home-care, providing support for users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families. Rebecca earned her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College and is certified in SpeakOut! And LOUD Crowd. Rebecca has experience working with a wide variety of ages, from birth to 70, and a range of conditions including autism spectrum disorder, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, and acquired cognitive-communication disorders. Rebecca values individuality in her clients and ensures that treatment is personalized for the client’s interests and needs. She is passionate about making treatment functional and motivating for her clients and is committed to achieving their speech and language goals.
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!
Meet our office manager, Daniela! Daniela Kandkhorova is currently an undergraduate student in her senior year at Queens College studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a Jewish Foundation for Education of Women scholar and is an aspiring Speech Language Pathologist.