Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from SUNY Binghamton and her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Hunter College.
Melissa has professional experience in a variety of settings including school-based and outpatient hospital centers. She has served on the Craniofacial Team at the Saint Barnabas Speech and Hearing Center.
Melissa’s comprehensive experience includes evaluating and working with children with childhood apraxia of speech, receptive-expressive language disorders, articulation disorders and autism spectrum disorder. Melissa is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).
Melissa specializes in childhood fluency, voice and resonance disorders and has presented to parents and colleagues regarding fluency techniques for children. She coordinates the Fluency Treatment Program at Suburban Speech Center. Melissa incorporates environmental and parental modification strategies (Family-Focused Treatment for Children; J. Scott Yaruss, PhD) with preschool aged children to successfully reduce dysfluencies. Indirect fluency techniques include reducing time pressure in the home environment. Direct fluency therapy for school aged children/adolescents includes fluency shaping and fluency modification strategies. In addition, the emotional aspects of stuttering are addressed.
Melissa joined the Suburban Speech Center in 2002.