BRYNN GILL, MA, CCC-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Brynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology from Iona College and a Masters of Arts degree from Queens College, CUNY. She is a New York licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and is nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Brynn began her career at the Children’s Learning Center of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) in Nassau County, where she worked with children ages 2 through 21. She worked closely with team members, including OT’s, PT’s, teachers and families to create and execute individualized multidisciplinary treatment plans. Therapy sessions focused on feeding therapy, speech and language therapy as well as augmentative and alternative communication.
Brynn then transitioned to Southern Westchester BOCES, where she worked with middle and high school students on the Autism Spectrum. Therapeutic interventions focused on social pragmatic language, expressive and receptive language skills as well as executive functioning. She worked closely with various team members to formulate functional treatment scenarios, which allowed the students to receive therapy during community outings for functional carryover of skills.
From here, Brynn joined The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY where she began working with medically fragile children in a subacute nursing facility. She had the opportunity to pursue her passion for feeding by working with post-NICU infants transitioning from tube to oral feedings as well as a range of children with feeding difficulties. This treatment setting allowed for collaboration between medical professionals and therapists as well as extensive education and support for parents and caregivers. Caregivers participated in therapeutic sessions and were educated on all aspects of the child’s care with the end goal, for some children, of transitioning back home. Brynn is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol as well as PROMPT Technique.
She is also a trained therapist in The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to feeding, which is a trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.
BRIANA MCKENNA, MS, CCC-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Briana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology at Iona College and pursued her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Mercy College. After earning her Masters Degree, Briana started on her journey working with children with developmental disabilities and delays at Prime Time for Kids Early Learning Center in New City, NY. Here, she began to learn the value of collaboration and working as an integral part of a child’s team. Briana learned how to design and implement individualized treatment approaches to developmentally delayed children and children on the autism spectrum.
In 2010, Briana moved on to join the team at Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language Center in Rye Brook, NY, a comprehensive speech and language center specializing in social communication. Here, she gained a vast amount of experience in providing group therapy to children in need of skills in social pragmatic language, and individual therapy to address areas of weakness in receptive and expressive language, higher level language, executive functioning, as well as articulation and phonology.
Briana teaches children and young adults social skills and language-based social thinking through the use of structured lessons, role-play, teamwork exercises and unstructured, naturalistic activities. Briana counsels and educates parents and caregivers with regard to their child’s areas of strength and weakness, treatment goals and strategies for generalization. She understands how invaluable collaboration with parents, teachers, and other professional service providers are in order to ensure that a child can meet their true potential.
Briana has experience working with children from as little as eighteen months to young adults in their twenties and all the ages in between. Her intuition, creativity, knowledge and passion for helping children and young adults are all evident upon meeting and working with Briana. Briana's clinical interests include autism spectrum disorders, social communication disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, and articulation and phonological disorders. She has experience providing inservices to educators and parents, providing practical tools to helping children across settings. Briana has additional clinical experience working with adults post stroke and traumatic brain injuries during her time at Helen Hayes Hospital. Briana is a New York State licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is PROMPT trained.