Michelle Solomon and Associates

  • Michelle Solomon, M.A., CCC-SLP, PC

Michelle Solomon is the owner of the practice. She has been in private practice on the Upper East Side since 2001. She graduated from New York University and currently works with children from 12 months through adolescence. Michelle specializes in the assessment and treatment of speech and language delays/disorders as well as Orofacial Myofunctional disorders. She was one of 50 PROMPT Instructors worldwide for over 10 years and is currently a PROMPT Certified Clinician. Michelle specializes in Motor Speech Disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Michelle completed the IAOM OMD course and is an IAOM member. In addition, she has extensive training and experience working with children with language and auditory processing disorders and speech sound disorders.

Michelle has worked with children diagnosed with ASD, Down syndrome, hearing impairments, executive functioning disorder, Angelman syndrome, ADHD, ADD, and Apraxia. She has been featured in Parent Magazine, is a contributor to Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism and co-author of First Sound Series (www.firstsoundseries.com).

Michelle and her small, personally hand-picked team of highly experienced SLP’s work together at 1430 2nd Ave on the corner of 75th Street. The office is conveniently located; allowing families from downtown and the West side to take advantage of all the services offered. Virtual sessions, Saturday hours and in-home sessions are offered when possible. Parent training, monthly team consultations and mentoring are also available.

We are dedicated individuals who value the profession we have chosen. We understand that you are entrusting us with your child’s cognitive linguistic, social emotional and physical sensory development. We are determined to provide the best intervention we are capable of each day to every child and family. We will go above and beyond to be a supportive partner in your child’s progress.

In addition, Michelle is available for school-based consultations, evaluations, and in-services on topics related to speech and language development and early pre- reading skills.

  • Jessie Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, PC

Jessie has been working in the practice since 2010 . She is a PROMPT Certified Clinician with extensive experience working with children 18 months through adolescence with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Delays, Executive Functioning Disorder, and Apraxia. She values a varied approach that includes Oral Motor, PROMPT, and PECS. Jessie cares deeply for the families she has the opportunity to work with. She attends team meetings, visits schools, and mentors other team members to ensure the children in her care are receiving the best intervention possible.

I am so thankful to Jessie! My son was not talking at all and never babbled. Within a couple sessions he was making his first sounds and was soon forming words for the first time in his life. Jessie’s expertise and use of the Prompt technique made all the difference. She has always gone above and beyond for him. He is now talking up a storm and we are understanding what he needs and says. We are eternally grateful!

  • Rachel Dean Bashkoff, M.S., CCC-SLP

Rachel Bashkoff is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of New York. Rachel is a PROMPT Level II trained speech therapist who specializes in motor speech disorders. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Adelphi University. The majority of Rachel’s experience has been in private practice where she has worked extensively with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children who have speech and language delays and disorders. More specifically, children with expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Dysarthria, and Auditory Processing Disorders.

Rachel believes the most effective way to work with her clients is through a team approach. She uses thorough and respectful communication with family members, therapists, doctors, and teachers to allow the best opportunity for steady growth in the areas of speech and language.

Speech therapy with Rachel has been wonderful for my daughter, Ava. Her self-confidence has improved dramatically and her motivation to conquer her speech issues has never been higher. Rachel is warm, caring and encouraging and the tips she gives Ava to make adjustments in her speech are easy to understand and implement. She sets realistic goals and creates an environment in which Ava sees improvement in herself from one meeting to the next. It gives her the motivation to practice and self-correct. She’s on the road to age-appropriate speech and we couldn’t be happier for her.

  • Elyssa Kaden, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Elyssa has been working in the practice since 2017. She is American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Certified and holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) Professional Certification. She received her Bachelors’ degrees in both Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hunter College.

Elyssa has experience working in school and private practice settings providing therapy to children with various motor speech disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, receptive, expressive and pragmatic language delays and disorders, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

She is trained in several specialized methodologies including PROMPT (Bridging Level), Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) for Speech Motor Learning, Orofacial Myology, Oral Placement Therapy (OPT), Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Story Grammar Marker and Sounds in Motion.

Elyssa makes every therapy session fun and motivating while incorporating each child’s individual goals. She values a team approach and parent involvement to form collaborative relationships and facilitate generalization of skills.

  • Trina Pisko, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Trina Pisko, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for over 10 years. She received her graduate degree at Teachers College Columbia University and has worked with children and families in New York City ever since. Trina is trained in PROMPT (level 2 Bridging), NDT, Floortime (101 course) and Talk Tools courses including- Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach, Functional Assessment and Remidiation of Tethered Oral Tissues, and Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy. With Michelle’s practice, she recently attended the virtual OMD Conference: OMD Deconstructed: A Multidiscipliary Approach to Orofacial Myofuncitonal Disorders. She has experience in developmental, motor speech, articulation disorders and language delays/disorders. She specializes in oral motor and feeding delays/disorders. Trina has experience in working with children with a variety of diagnoses including ASD, apraxia, tethered oral tissues, among others. She is holds a certification from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey, where she lives with her family.

Trina’s treatment style focuses on building a relationship with the client and their family so that speech and language skills are developed through true intent to communicate and share experiences with others, including meal times!

  • Emily Capazzi, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Emily Capazzi, M.S., CCC-SLP- Emily is a Bridging Level PROMPT trained therapist. She graduated from New York University and works with children from 7 months through adolescence. Emily has extensive training in articulation, motor-planing, language, feeding and swallowing disorders. She is trained in the SOS Approach to Eating to help children learn the appropriate skills they need to eat well. Her priority is establishing a rapport with clients, their caregiver and family. Emily utilizes play-based approach to therapy to keep children engaged, coupled with parent training to optimize progress and ensure children are receiving the best possible intervention. She has worked for the CSE and privately throughout NYC. Emily is dedicated to treating each child holistically. She looks forward to working with you and your family.

Emily is infinitely patient and committed to seeing kids succeed. She has an enthusiastic and inviting style and always wants to ensure speech therapy is fun as well as effective. Especially when our daughter was having trouble with the virtual set up, Emily went above and beyond to set our daughter up for success. It was so rewarding to see her “graduate” from sounds as she and Emily worked together! My own experience with Emily was fantastic well—she helped us when we got tripped up by insurance, was highly communicative with me and my husband, and I felt like we had a real partner in our daughter’s progress. I’d highly recommend her!