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Kristen LaLima

Kristen laLima

Title: Speech-Language Pathologist
Company: New York City Department of Education
Location: New York, New York, United States

Kristen LaLima, Speech-Language Pathologist at New York City Department of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in speech therapy.

Ms. LaLima obtained a Bachelor of Arts in speech-language pathology from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York in 2013 and a Master of Arts in the same discipline from Hunter College, City University of New York, in 2015. As a graduate clinician with PS 37, New York City Department of Education, she planned and conducted individual and group therapy sessions, administered standardized test batteries and maintained client data. Ms. LaLima further gained valuable experience as a speech intern with Veterans Affairs Hospital, where she assessed and treated patients with impairments in speech and collaborated with patients, caregivers, residents, nurses, and other team members to create a functional plan of care.

Since 2015, Ms. LaLima has provided superior care as a speech-language pathologist for the New York City department of Education in Staten Island, where she specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders (speech and language impairments), cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders and swallowing disorders. In her present role, Ms. LaLima provides therapy to children, collaborates with parents and teachers to target areas in which students need help, creates individualized lesson plans and was part of a group of educators that formed an equity team designed to find books that include children with autism and are inclusive of all races, cultures and genders within different curriculums of the school.

Ms. LaLima holds certifications as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), a certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and a certificate from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her memberships have included the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the New York chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
Recognizing her affinity for working with children when she was a high school student, Ms. LaLima was drawn to speech pathology because it was a scientific and evidence-based discipline. Seeing how very few people understand children with autism, she decided to focus on them. In coming years, she would like to take on a more official coaching role and progress to a school with a diverse student body.

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