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Speech-language pathologists (or speech and language therapists, speech therapists, or simply, SLPs) prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, social communication, voice, and swallowing disorders. Working with individuals of all ages—from babies to adults—SLPs conduct therapy sessions on a one-on-one basis and provide information for families, support groups, and the general public.
In many cases, SLPs work with other healthcare professionals to provide referrals and assessments. Speech-language pathologists treat a wide range of communication delays and disorders. These include:
- Speech Disorders – These can occur when an individual has difficulty producing speech sounds and putting them together to form intelligible words. Speech disorders include articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, and dysarthria.
- Language – Difficulties in understanding what was heard or read (receptive language) or using words to share thoughts and feelings (expressive language) may point to a language disorder. This can manifest in either spoken or written expression and may involve form (phonology, morphology, and syntax), content (semantics), and use (pragmatics) of language.
- Voice or Resonance – Voice or resonance disorders refer to problems in how one’s voice sounds. One may sound hoarse, lose voice easily, talk through the nose or too loudly, or be unable to make sounds.
- Social Communication – This refers to the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. This includes how one communicates socially, how well one follows conversation rules and story-telling (the aspect of expressive language called narratives), tells jokes, and how one speaks with different people in varied situations.
- Cognitive-Communication – Someone with a cognitive-communication disorder may exhibit problems with organization, memory, attention, problem-solving, and other thinking skills. This can be a result of traumatic brain injury, a stroke, dementia, and may also be congenital.
- Swallowing Disorders – Also known as dysphagia, swallowing disorders refer to difficulties in chewing, sucking, and swallowing food and liquid as a result of illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.
- Literacy – Individuals with speech and language disorders may also experience difficulties with pre-literacy and literacy skills (phonological awareness, decoding, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing).
Aside from the disorders mentioned above, SLPs may also:
- Provide aural rehabilitation for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Work with individuals with severe expressive or comprehension disorders (such as autism spectrum disorder and progressive neurological disorders) and provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.
- Help individuals enhance their communication skills (such as modifying one’s accent) to express themselves more effectively.
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SPEECH, LANGUAGE, FEEDING THERAPY
We are experienced to treat babies to adults with a variety of speech-language difficulties, including articulation/enunciation difficulties (e.g lisp, tongue thrust, and/or difficulty saying sounds, and more), speech delay (including apraxia, oral motor difficulties, cleft palate), late talkers/expressive and receptive language delay (including multilingual homes), autism spectrum, e.g. Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS), social language delays, disfluency (stuttering), and feeding delays (including picky eaters, oral motor delays, medically fragile).
Our Licensed Speech & Language Therapists qualifications include:
- Master’s degree in speech-language pathology
- New York State and national certification
- PROMPT training
- We offer bilingual services (Spanish, Farsi, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Greek, Swahili, Portuguese, Yiddish, French & Creole).
Learn more about: What are the qualifications for speech-language therapists pathologists?
PROFESSIONAL SPEECH, LANGUAGE, LITERACY, COMMUNICATION, & FEEDING SERVICES
We are like the Olympic coaches of language arts; we specialize in the complete literacy remediation package: reading, writing, speaking, and listening services for preschoolers to adults. We are experienced with the following, expressive and receptive language disorders (language processing), executive functioning issues, autism spectrum, e.g. Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS), central auditory processing disorder, language-based learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia), reading comprehension difficulties, and expressive writing disorders.
We bring activities, materials, and/or toys to your Queens (Long Island City (LIC), Astoria, Ditmars Steinway, Sunnyside, Woodside Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Flushing, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Little Neck, Douglaston, Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose and more) home. Do you want us to provide you and your child with homework and/or carry-over activities No problem! Parents and their children who actively engage in the educational/therapeutic process, typically see more progress. For those parents who are unable to be present during ongoing sessions, we will contact you during our business hours to discuss with you how your child is progressing.
We travel throughout Queens, NY to the following neighborhoods: Long Island City (LIC), Astoria, Ditmars Steinway, Sunnyside, Woodside Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Flushing, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Little Neck, Douglaston, Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose and more!
TRAVEL TIME IS INCLUDED WITH THESE RATES!
Speech Language Feeding Therapy Rates
$140-$185 for 60 minutes
$120-$160 for 45 minutes
$100-$125 for 30 minutes
*Please note that a few of our specialists might charge slightly higher rates than our average posted rates above.
**We do offer slight discounts for back-to-back sessions at your home for siblings. We also offer group rates if you create a small group (2-3 students) at your home, and these students have similar goals. We are not responsible for putting these groups together.
**We DON’T accept the following: in-network insurance (see below for more information), Early Intervention, Board of Ed. (CPSE, CSE, RSA’s), Medicare, etc. Out-of-network means that we don’t accept insurance. You pay us directly on a weekly basis, and we provide you with a monthly out-of-network receipt. It’s your responsibility to submit this invoice to your insurance company for reimbursement- scroll down to read more about insurance reimbursement codes.
CEO, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, LEARNING SPECIALIST
Craig Selinger is a NY State licensed speech-language therapist (pathologist) and a learning specialist, who works with babies, preschoolers, and elementary and middle school students. He makes house calls in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, and Brooklyn Heights. His expertise is early childhood speech-language delay, e.g. autism spectrum disorders, late talkers (and related disorders and delays), and school-age language-based learning issues, including reading and expressive writing remediation, executive functioning, and enunciation therapy (all ages). He is also available for evaluation and consultation services. Craig and his speech-language therapists’ team also offer telepractice or internet online speech therapy services.
Some of Craig’s homeschooling tips appear in Helpful Coronarivus Homeschooling Tips for Parents, which he wrote for NVLD Project. These articles provide tips and suggestions to help you educate your kids and guide them through their new homeschooling routine.
Craig Selinger Podcast
Join me and my guests as we discuss topics related to child development, education, therapy, and more! If you are a parent, educator, administrator, doctor, or therapist, join us as we engage in down-to-earth conversations helping each other grow as individuals.
M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH, SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPIST
Susan is a highly experienced speech-language pathologist with over 20 years in the field, and she prides herself on providing very personalized services which incorporate each student’s unique interests, and each family s style. Susan received an M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. Degree cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is licensed by New York State and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) from New York State. She is PROMPT trained, Level 1; and has actively pursued other ongoing clinical training throughout her career. Prior to being in private practice, Susan worked in a hospital, school, and rehabilitation settings. She was a speech-language pathologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she saw children of all ages with very varied speech, language, and hearing disorders. At Einstein she served on the well-known Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Team (CERC) at the Rose F. Kennedy Center; and also treated adults with neurological disorders (strokes, head trauma) and voice problems; lectured to medical students on speech and language disorders in children and adults; and taught students from Stern College.
LOCATION: Queens (near Astoria)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, feeding, stuttering, and specialized literacy remediation.
AGES: Birth through adults.
New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD)
Cathryn is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Cathryn was drawn to the field because of the vast spectrum of ages and disorders to work with. While working, she has developed a passion for early childhood language and literacy development. Cathryn has experience from working with non-verbal preschoolers to 5th graders working on improving reading comprehension and writing skills. Other areas she has experience with include articulation, phonology, phonemic awareness, pragmatics, executive functioning, vocabulary development, and grammatical development.
Cathryn currently works full-time in a public school in Brooklyn for the Department of Education, working with students from various backgrounds with unique learning styles and needs in 3K through 5th grade.
Cathryn believes a child’s success is related to the influences in his or her life. She believes in open communication and collaborating with families, teachers, and other related services in order for a child’s language, speech, and literacy skills to reach their full potential.
Cathryn uses evidence-based research and client-centered approaches when working with children. She has been trained in Recipe for Reading, Wilson’s Fundations, Evidence-Based Practice for Language Analysis, and Building Academic Vocabulary and Deepening Comprehension.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Marine Park, Flatbush, Mill Basin, East New York, Canarsie Queens: Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Arverne
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation and training
EXPERTISE: early literacy, speech and language delays, executive functioning and organization, autism spectrum disorders, reading/auditory comprehension, oral and written language development
AGES: birth through middle school
M.S. CCC-SLP, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Cathy received her master’s from the University of Portland and is a New York licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked with babies to adolescents for nearly 25 years. She has worked in all types of environments from early intervention, preschools, and elementary schools to private practice. She is excited about helping young children to adolescents achieve their full learning potential. She is experienced in working with a variety of speech and language disorders and delays including late talkers, articulation/enunciation problems including apraxia and oral motor difficulties, language processing issues, reading and writing remediation, stuttering, autism spectrum, feeding delay, hearing impairment, and augmentative communication. She understands how these delays treated early on in development can later help develop social and academic competence. For school-age children, Cathy incorporates each student’s curriculum into the language therapy session, so they can improve their vocabulary and grammatical development, listening and reading comprehension, expressive writing skills, organizational skills, and more!
LOCATION: Queens (near Astoria)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, feeding, stuttering, and specialized literacy remediation.
AGES: Birth through adults.
M.A., CCC-SLP, TSHH, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Jessica, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSHH, completed her Master’s of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The State University at Buffalo. She received a full graduate research scholarship to study and conduct research in Motor Speech Disorders and was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Jessica holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH), and is Level 1 PROMPT trained. For the past 15 years, she has worked at a prestigious Long Island School District and provides one-to-one and small group language and academic support to children with various learning needs. She is highly skilled at addressing speech and language difficulties as they directly relate to classroom performance, NYS learning standards, and curriculum. Previously, Jessica has worked at a private practice on the Upper East Side, where she assessed and treated Pre-K aged, school-age children, and young adults.
For all students, she develops an individualized curriculum based on their unique learning needs and provides an encouraging and supportive environment to enable students to improve upon their skills and enhance confidence in their abilities. She is experienced in a variety of areas, including articulation/phonological skills, expressive and receptive language, language processing, reading comprehension, pragmatic language, improving organization/study skills, and executive functioning skills. In order to stay up-to-date and be on the cutting edge of her profession, Jessica attends various continuing education conferences. Jessica is a dedicated professional, who combines a passionate interest in communication with her desire to help others. She believes in providing the highest quality service possible and her student-centered care focuses on strong clinical competence, individualized therapy programs, and close partnerships with family members, teachers, and other related professionals.
LOCATION: Queens: Little Neck, Douglaston, Astoria, Long Island City.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy (2-3 children), parent consultations, Speech/Language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Reading comprehension, Articulation/Phonology, Social-pragmatic language skills, Auditory processing, Executive Functioning, Narrative skills, and Early literacy skills.
AGES: Pre-K through early adolescence
M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Rachel is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She is also Prompt Trained as well as Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding trained. Rachel holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Rachel completed an MS in Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Although she does not hold a bilingual extension, she is fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish. She has experience working with children of all ages and has worked in a variety of settings: Early Intervention, Pre-schools, Elementary Schools (K-8), private practice, and adult Skilled Nursing Facilities. Rachel creates a fun and motivating learning environment. Rachel has expertise in articulation, expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, feeding and swallowing, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rachel is passionate about working with school-aged students, Early Intervention, and CPSE aged children who are struggling with language-based learning issues, e.g. difficulties with reading, writing, expressive and receptive language skills, pragmatics skills, auditory processing, and articulation skills.
LOCATION: Queens (Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, Glendale, Rego Park, Whitestone) Other Queens locations on a case-by-case basis.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Group therapy, and Parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Early Speech and Language Development, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication (Pragmatic Language), Feeding, Dysphagia, Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Reading Comprehension, Articulation, Auditory Processing, Fluency, and Apraxia of Speech.
AGES: Birth to Adults
MS, CCC-SLP, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Marsha is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Hunter College and her bilingual extension (English/Spanish) from Columbia University, Teachers College.
Marsha has experience working with children of all ages and a range of speech, language, and communication needs. Through the New York City Department of Education, she works with students in the District 75 program. Marsha is specialized in working with children with behavioral feeding difficulties, language-based learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, medically complex needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, visual and hearing impairments, Rett syndrome, and other complex communication needs. She has built expertise in using low technology through high technology forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to support receptive and expressive language skills. This includes aided language stimulation, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and communication applications on tablet devices. She also utilizes the Social Thinking Methodology to support social skill development and is Orton Gillingham trained at the Classroom Educator level for teaching reading and writing.
Marsha uses a holistic approach to language learning in order to meet the needs of her clients. She believes in using the individual’s strengths and interests in order to optimize therapeutic outcomes. She also strives to work closely with families in order to establish an enriching learning environment in the home and community.
LOCATION: Queens: Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, Sunnyside
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Parent Consultations, Evaluations on a case-by-case basis.
EXPERTISE: Early Speech and Language Development, Pre-linguistic skills, Social Skill Development, Expressive/Receptive Language Delays/Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Reading, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
AGES: All ages
M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Nicole is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Nicole received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Long Island University CW Post Campus and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Special Education from Marist College. During her professional career, Nicole has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. She also has gained experience in a range of settings including schools, daycares, specialized clinics, and homes. Currently, she is employed at a Long Island public elementary school as a speech-language pathologist servicing students with a variety of speech and language disorders.
Nicole has experience working with pre-school-aged children through adolescence addressing articulation delays, fluency, expressive and receptive language delays and disorders, reading comprehension, social communication, and executive functioning skills. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with non-verbal children. She has developed and implemented alternative augmentative communication (AAC) systems; including ProLoQuo2Go, Touch Chat, Dynavox, and Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS).
Nicole believes in providing an interdisciplinary approach. She regularly collaborates with other specialists working with children on her caseload and appreciates the importance of parental involvement. Ultimately, her philosophy is to create an energetic and engaging environment while providing effective and functional therapy in order to elicit growth in her students and instill a love for learning.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual and group therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultations, parent training
EXPERTISE: Early language development, articulation and phonology, Speech-language delays, Receptive/Expressive language delays, auditory processing, language processing, and social-pragmatic language skills.
AGES: Infants through 21 years of age
MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Taryn, MA, CCC-SLP/TSSLD is a state-licensed, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist based out of Astoria, NY. She graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2014 with a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Her experience is primarily with children from early childhood through adolescence in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, homes, and teletherapy.
Taryn also works in a special education elementary school where she primarily services students on the autism spectrum. Her areas of expertise in this setting include assistive technology, sensory feeding, social communication, articulation, and expressive/receptive language delays.
In March 2021, Taryn completed the Level 1 certification to be an SOS Approach to Feeding Trained Therapist. She uses this comprehensive, multidisciplinary program to assess and address the causes of feeding difficulties.
She believes in taking a multisensory approach to reading intervention. Her practice uses Lively Letters which is a research-based and clinically proven, multi-sensory reading program that targets phonemic awareness, phonics, and speech production.
For articulation therapy, Taryn has been trained to use the SATPAC (Systematic Articulation Training Program Accessing Computers) program. This is a helpful therapy program for children who have difficulty saying /s/ and /r/.
LOCATION: Queens: Astoria and Long Island City
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, English evaluations, parent training, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Sensory Feeding, Phonological Awareness/Pre-Literacy Skills, Late Language Emergence, Social Skills (Pragmatic Language), Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder, Cognitive-Communication Skills, and Articulation
AGE: Infant to Adolescent
Speech-Language Therapist, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Aileen is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Speech and Hearing. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Aileen has a bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary Education from Providence College, a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University, and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from St. Rose College. Aileen’s career has expanded to over 20 years with various therapeutic settings including Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY, the New York City Department of Education, pre-school home-based services, Early Intervention home-based services, and private practice. She currently works as a Supervisor of Speech Improvement for the New York City Department of Education. In her current position, Aileen oversees the implementation of speech and language services for students across parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. She also supports her staff through clinical observations, mentoring, provision of professional learning opportunities, and supporting the implementation of literacy programs. Literacy programs are designed to target grades K – 2 by identifying struggling readers and providing them with evidence-based interventions that develop early literacy skills such as phonemic and phonological awareness. Interventions include Sounds in Motion, Sound Sensible, and SPIRE. The goal of the program is to identify struggling readers early and bring them to grade level as quickly as possible. Aileen has presented on a variety of topics including Vocabulary Intervention for Adolescents, Service Delivery Options, the Role of the SLP in Schools, and Evidence-Based Best Practices for Speech and Language Therapy.
Aileen works with children from birth through adolescents with specialties in the areas of feeding and swallowing disorders (picky eaters, behavior disorders), early and adolescent literacy, executive functioning, ADHD, articulation, phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language delays and disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She is trained in various treatment methodologies including the SOS Approach to Feeding (SOS), a treatment approach that considers all of the underlying factors of feeding such as sensory processing, behavior, cognition, nutrition, and environment. Sounds Sensible, SPIRE, and Sounds in Motion are evidence-based programs that target phonological and phonemic awareness in grades pre-K – 2nd grade. Basic Writing Skills target the organization and expansion of writing skills for students in elementary through high school.
Aileen’s approach to therapy is child-centered. Young children learn and grow best through guided exploration. When working with middle and high school students Aileen encourages these clients to take ownership of their therapy by communicating their challenges and helping them to set individual goals that they work to achieve together. Therapy includes academics and also individual interests to keep therapy motivating. Her goal is to have the child reach his or her highest potential with their speech, language, feeding, and literacy development. She partners with families so they are integrated into the therapy process.
In our new reality of COVID, remote learning and social distancing Aileen is prepared to provide teletherapy via online platforms including ZOOM, MS Teams, Google Meet, and FaceTime using a variety of practices and techniques for remote instruction. While the physical space may be different the principles that drive therapy remain the same regardless of location.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Midwood, Marine Park, Flatbush, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Flatlands Queens: Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Lindenwood
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, small groups, evaluations, and parent consultation and training
EXPERTISE: Feeding and swallowing, early literacy, speech and language delays, executive functioning and organization, ADHD, TBI
AGES: Birth through high school
Jisu S. is a fluent bilingual (Korean, English) Speech-Language Pathologist who has been practicing for over 10 years.
She received a Master of Science in the speech-language field at Columbia University, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate and Bilingual Extension certificate from New York State.
Over the years, Jisu has been working in a variety of pediatric settings such as public/private schools and private practices. She has comprehensive experience with assessment and intervention for bilingual children with speech/language disorders including expressive/receptive language delays, apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, articulation, phonological disorders, pragmatic/social skills, and pre-literacy/literacy skills. She has widely worked with preschool-aged children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and have sensory and behavioral issues and social communication disorder, and with nonverbal children, implementing alternative augmentative communication (AAC) systems such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Jisu has also worked in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and home settings with geriatric populations suffering from strokes, brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and senile dementia. She has extensive experience with the evaluation and treatment of adult patients with aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, cognitive-linguistic deficits, voice disorders, and dysphagia.
Her wealth of experience from continuously performing numerous assessments of bicultural/bilingual clients has enabled her to develop appropriate intervention plans to meet the specific needs of each client. Working with multicultural families on a regular basis has enabled her to be culturally competent and accurately observe the clients in the context of family and culture. Jisu strongly believes that cultural sensitivity is critical in the process of planning for and implementing evaluation and assessment. Cultural competence or the ability to build rapport with families from various cultural and socioeconomic groups is essential for an effective partnership supporting clients’ improvement.