Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a professional trained in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists provide therapeutic services to individuals across the lifespan.


What is the difference between a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Speech Coach?

A speech-language pathologist specializes in providing therapeutic services to individuals with communication disorders from a clinical approach. SLPs often work in collaboration with other professionals to provide holistic assessment and treatment of an underlying pathology. A speech coach, however, provides services to enhance the communicative abilities of those with no underlying disorders or pathologies.


How do I know if I need a Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech Coach, Voice Teacher / Vocal Coach, or Singing Voice Therapist?

Since these professions are closely related, the distinctions among them can sometimes be confusing. If you are experiencing vocal concerns, how do you know which professional you should see?

  • If you have been diagnosed with, or suspect you have, a speech, voice, or language disorder, a speech-language pathologist is able to provide you with rehabilitative services.
  • If you are looking to enhance the quality of your voice and how your voice is perceived by others, a speech coach at New York Speech Coaching would be the appropriate professional for you.
  • If you are looking to improve your singing abilities, a voice teacher or vocal coach could assist you at New York Vocal Coaching.
  • If you are a singer and have been diagnosed with a voice disorder, a singing voice therapist (a speech-language pathologist trained in the knowledge of the singing voice) will be able to help you.

We have all of these professionals on site. If you are unsure which is the best fit for you, contact us and we will point you in the right direction!


What if I do not live in NYC?

We offer virtual sessions for those who live outside New York City. These work the same way as in-person lessons, only they are conducted via video conferencing. Use of this feature is dependent upon the specific service you require, as well as your place of residence due to inter-state licensure laws.


Where are you located?

Our studios are located on 242 West 38th Street, 11th Floor. We are located near the NQR123ACEBFVD lines.


What is the difference between a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Voice Therapist?

All speech pathologists learn the fundamentals of voice therapy. However, not all therapists continue to specialize in this area. Those therapists which specialize in voice disorders (Voice Therapists) have extensive knowledge of the underlying anatomy and physiology of the voice, and are equipped to evaluate and treat voice disorders. All voice therapists are speech-language pathologists, but not all speech-language pathologists are voice therapists. The clinicians at New York Speech Pathology offer voice therapy services.


What is a Singing Voice Therapist?

For singers, nothing is considered more precious than the voice. Unfortunately, singers are not immune to voice disorders. Like other professional voice users, singers rely heavily on vocal functioning. Just like not all speech pathologists are voice therapists, not all voice therapists specialize in the singing voice. At New York Speech Pathology, we offer specialized singing voice rehabilitation with a dual certified speech-language pathologist and voice teacher. Even after rehabilitation is complete, the staff at New York Vocal Coaching can assist singers with further enhancing their vocal technique.


How long does therapy take?

The number of therapy sessions varies greatly between clients. The length of time it takes depends on a variety of factors, including the nature and severity of the disorder, as well as client adaptation outside of therapy. Your clinician will be able to estimate the duration of therapy based on your initial evaluation and subsequent progress. You are free to increase or decrease the frequency or end therapy sessions at your discretion.


How long are therapy sessions?

Clients are typically seen for therapy once per week for one hour.


How much do you charge?

For information about our rates, please contact our assistant at assistant@newyorkspeechpathology.com.


Do you take insurance?

We do not presently accept insurance for any service.


Do you work with adults or children?

Our clinicians specialize in working with adults and teens. We do work with children on occasion, so please inquire within if you feel that your child can benefit from our areas of expertise.


Is therapy offered in any other languages?

Yes! We presently offer therapy in Italian in addition to English. If you speak another language, our certified bilingual clinician will work with you to determine if therapy in English is appropriate.

Tutti i nostri servizi sono disponibili in Italiano.


How do I know which service is right for me?

We offer a 15-minute phone conversation to address any concerns you may have. From there, we will determine if you should be seen for an initial consultation, evaluation, begin treatment directly, or if a referral to another specialist should be made.


I have an accent. Do I need therapy?

An accent or dialect is not considered a speech disorder, but rather a speech difference. An accent or dialect does not need to be changed. However, if you would like to modify your accent/dialect or gain the ability to speak in a different accent/dialect at your own will, we would be happy to assist you! Our speech-language pathologists are trained in accent modification. Additionally, our sister company New York Speech Coaching can also assist you with working on your accent/dialect.