Dr. John Amato, Jr. is a speech-language pathologist who is licensed by New York State and Certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He holds a doctoral degree from Columbia University, and has over 30 years of clinical and research experience. In addition, he is a tenured professor at a leading Long Island university and, has held faculty and research appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Center for Cranio Facial Disorders, as well as within the department of Neurology, Stony Brook School of Medicine.
Dr. Amato specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals who are experiencing neurologically based speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. He has also acquired specialization in the treatment of speech, swallowing and voice disorders for individuals with head and neck cancer.
Through his many years of clinical experience in treating children with neurologically based speech and language disorders, Dr. Amato has developed a special interest in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with language processing disorders, which research has shown to be a leading cause for learning difficulties. Accordingly, he has devoted a significant portion of his practice to the development of diagnostic and treatment programs which have resulted in academic achievement for children of all ages.
Dr. Carol B. Letzter is a dually New York State licensed audiologist and speech-language pathologist. She is also certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She holds the Doctorate of Audiology Degree from Pennsylvania's prestigious College of Optometry - School of Audiology. In addition, Dr. Letzter is also a certified special education teacher, which has further contributed to her commitment in helping children and families who have been affected by developmental and learning disorders.
Dr. Letzter has designed her practice to include provision of services to infants through geriatric individuals, who may have been affected by a variety of communication difficulties resulting from Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents (stroke), and other neurologic and/or genetic disorders. Dr. Letzter also specializes in evaluating infants and young children who are experiencing speech, language and hearing disorders by using the latest state of the art diagnostic equipment available.
Through her many years of practice, Dr. Letzter has also developed expertise in the evaluation and therapeutic intervention of children, adolescents and adults with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) and language processing disorders (LPD), and is among a unique group of highly trained audiologists offering this specialized service throughout Queens and Long Island.
Our on-line Listen Hear Group was formed as the result of Dr. Amato and
Dr. Letzter's special interest in central auditory and language processing disorders.
It is our mission to provide guidance to parents who suspect that their child may be affected by a central auditory and/or language processing disorder. It is also our objective to help those children who may be experiencing learning difficulties associated with a processing disorder, and to assist families in ensuring that educational institutions implement appropriate therapeutic strategies and accommodations for children diagnosed with processing disorders that will ultimately contribute to academic success as well as social-emotional well being.
Accordingly, Drs. Amato and Letzter are skilled and dedicated clinicians who take pride in providing educational consultation to parents of children who have been diagnosed with CAPD and/or LPD.
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