Sonia currently provides speech, language, and feeding therapy for children in the early intervention program of North Carolina, and in both the Cain Road and Cumberland Road offices. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. Sonia is a licensed speech-language pathologist in both North Carolina and New York, and is currently obtaining her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association under the supervision of Jennifer Dibb.
Sonia has experience providing therapeutic services from a wide variety of individuals ranging from birth to geriatrics. She has given therapy in the areas of language, articulation, feeding and swallowing, alternative and augmentative devices, cognition, and pragmatics.
Sonia enjoys keeping current with new trends and technology to best treat her clients. Sonia is currently PROMPT II trained, and has attended many workshops and personal development seminars. Some workshops include training in Passy Muir, Dysphagia, Motor Speech Disorders, Behavior Based interventions (ABA), Early Intervention, AAC devices, Oral Motor techniques in feeding therapy, and Phonation and Respiration Control in Deglutition (swallowing).
What is PROMPT?
PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding. The therapist attempts to “teach” the patient’s muscles to produce a phoneme correctly by stimulating all of these through touch.