LORI L. OVERLAND M.S., CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC
Lori Overland is a speech-language pathologist with more than 35 years of professional experience.
Lori specializes in dealing with the unique needs of infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children with oral motor, feeding and speech disorders. She has received an award from the Connecticut Down Syndrome Association for her work within this population.
Lori consults with children from all over the world, providing evaluations, re-evaluations, program plans and week-long therapy programs. Lori also provides consults to local school districts and Birth-to-Three organizations. Her goal in addressing feeding and speech challenges is to improve the quality of life for both the children she serves and their families.
In addition to her private practice, Lori is a member of TalkTools speaker bureau. Lori has lectured on sensory motor feeding disorders across the United States and internationally. Her classes, "Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach" and "Developing Oral-Motor Feeding Skills in the Down Syndrome Population" are approved for ASHA and AOTA CEUs.
Lori is the author of A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding, (2013), Charleston, SC. Talk Tools, "A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding", Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) (October 2011),and "Food for Thought", Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation Magazine (May 2001).
She holds degrees from Hofstra University and Adelphi University and has her Neurodevelopmental Treatment certification (NDT). Lori has also received the certificate and designation of Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).
BONNIE WILDER M.S., CCC-SLP
Bonnie Wilder is a speech-language pathologist with more than 25 years of experience. Bonnie prides herself on treating each child as an individual and always being there for both her students and their families. As a mother of a premature baby boy, with oral motor delays and apraxia, she understands what hard work and dedication it takes to do all that is necessary to help a child. Bonnie understands both as a therapist, but more importantly as a mother that all children can achieve their highest potential.
Bonnie specializes in oral-motor and feeding therapy, as well as evaluations. Bonnie has specialized training in oral-motor, feeding, apraxia and PROMPT; and with children with autism/PDD, and Down syndrome.
Bonnie holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and New York University. In addition to her private practice, Bonnie has worked at the Association for Children with Down syndrome and at Sara R. Johnson Oral-Motor Speech & Language Associates in South Salem.
MALKA STRASBERG M.S., CCC-SLP, C/NDT
Malka Strasberg is a speech and language pathologist with 15 years of professional experience. Malka specializes in oral motor/feeding disorders and muscle-based speech disorders, providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to children of all ages with a variety of medical diagnoses. Malka is trained in numerous therapies to target motor planning speech disorders/apraxia, including techniques developed by Deborah Hayden (PROMPT) and Nancy Kaufman. She is trained in numerous oral motor/feeding techniques, developed by Sara R. Johnson, Lori Overland and Debra Beckman, as well as the SOS Approach to Feeding. Malka is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), a whole-body therapy approach used to effect more efficient posture and movement for communication and feeding purposes.
Before working at Alphabet Soup, Malka worked for both St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Queens, NY and the NYS Early Intervention program. In addition to working at Alphabet Soup, Malka continues to work with children in Manhattan, providing home-based evaluations and therapy. Malka is also an adjunct professor at Stern College, where she teaches a course in Phonetics to undergraduate majors in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Malka received her B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. degree from Hunter College. Malka is a member of ASHA (the American Speech-Language Hearing Association), and has received multiple awards from ASHA's Continuing Education Board. She is also certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (C/NDT). She is currently licensed in New York State and in Connecticut.
DRAKE HASTINGS M.S., CCC-SLP
Drake Hastings is a speech-language pathologist with more than 5 years of professional experience. Drake has a passion for working with children and families while helping children achieve goals using a fun and motivating approach to learning.
Drake graduated the University of Connecticut in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Communication Disorders. Drake graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
Since graduating in 2010, Drake has worked in early intervention (ages birth to three) in Connecticut. Drake has also provided private in-home therapy services with a focus in articulation for children ages 3-10. Drake has more than 10 years of experience working with children who are diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder. He has experience working and collaborating with a wide variety of families and team members while treating children in early intervention.
As a fun and energetic therapist, Drake feels he is able to connect with a wide range of children. Drake prides himself on making therapy feel natural and encouraging for both the clients and their families.
Drake specializes in oral motor and feeding therapy. Drake is trained in a number of oral-motor and feeding techniques developed by Lori Overland, Sara R. Johnson, as well as Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). Drake is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and actively continues to stay educated in the areas of speech-language and feeding therapy.
Drake is the father of two amazing girls. Drake and his wife have personally experienced feeding issues due to structural differences with each child (i.e. ankyglossia, also known as tongue tie). Drake understands the challenges parents face with feeding difficulties that occur with infants and toddlers in the home.