MEET THE THERAPISTS

Heather Lynn Boerner, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH

Heather Lynn Boerner, a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over ten years’ experience in the field is founder and creator of Chatty Child™. Heather  treats children who have a wide variety of needs, and has gained experience in many therapeutic settings including: hospitals, schools, sensory gyms, and homecare settings.

Specialties include: apraxia of speech and PROMPT services (a technique used to improve the movement and coordination of oral structures for speech); oral motor and feeding therapy; augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); autism; medically-complex populations; articulation; auditory processing; and, speech and language delays.

Chatty Child creates a personalized care program for each client that takes into account the child’s interests, strengths, current level of functioning, and future goals. We strive to empower the child, the whole family, and the caregivers to become positive vehicles of change within the child’s life. We strive to provide personalized, creative, and effective care to maximize each child’s communication abilities.

Heather Lynn Boerner graduated with high honors, New York University with Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology and Minor in Education. Heather is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Teacher of Speech and Hearing Disabled Students, State of New York.

Anne R. Karpel-Freilich, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH

Anne R. Karpel-Freilich comes to us with more than 30 years clinical experience with children from birth through adolescence.  In addition to her many years of private practice she has served at two major universities in the New York Metropolitan area as clinic director, building the student clinics and working to create their practicum programs.  Throughout her years of practice she has served as a consultant to hospitals, home care agencies and the Department of Education of the City of New York.

Anne has developed expertise in the areas of neonatal and toddler feeding skill development, phonological and language acquisition with children presenting on the autistic spectrum, as well as normally developing school age children exhibiting a myriad of speech and language delays.  Her expertise extends to all areas of speech and language development as well as social skills development.  Her techniques of therapy and relationship development with clients have proven successful for hundreds of children throughout her years of practice.

Anne graduated with high honors from Teachers College at Columbia University  with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology.  She is licensed by the State of New York and holds permanent certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.

Natalie Kimmelman Maroni, MA, CCC-SLP

Natalie Kimmelman Maroni received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University and her B.A. from Columbia University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license, and her certificate as a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD).

During her years at the Rebecca School, as well as in private practice, Natalie has worked with young children and adolescents with mild to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Developmental Apraxia of Speech (DAS/CAS), Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, and other global developmental delays.

Through her work at a pediatric private practice and sensory gym, Natalie continues to specialize in addressing language and articulation delays, phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, auditory processing disorders, apraxia, and oral-motor difficulties.

Natalie is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) technique, DIR-Floortime, and oral-motor therapy techniques. She also has experience treating pediatric feeding disorders using a language- and sensory-based approach. 

On a personal note, Natalie grew up with a wonderful younger brother with autism. Thus, she is very aware of the unique challenges and rewards of having a family member with special needs, and is well-versed in much of the current news and research in the field. Natalie is passionate about combining evidence-based practice, creative play, and engaging activities to foster growth, and about working with children and families together to achieve speech and language goals.

Colleen Rogan, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Colleen Rogan is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in both New York and New Jersey. She holds the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) and is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Colleen graduated with high honors from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences, and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Colleen’s experience includes evaluating and treating the adult and pediatric population with varying diagnoses. Colleen has gained skills in many therapeutic settings including early intervention homecare, acute rehabilitation centers, sensory gyms, private practices and schools. Her special interests include early language development, developmental apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language, articulation, sensory feeding and pragmatic language skills. Regardless of a child’s needs, Colleen uses a holistic and child-centered approach to build a dynamic therapeutic relationship. She strives to maintain a positive and effective treatment plan for each child.

Colleen is PROMPT Level 1 certified and has distinct training in DIR/Floortime approach, sign language, and sensory integration disorder.