Laura Prestia is a Speech-Language Pathologist working in pediatrics, focusing on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is certified by ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), holds a TSHH (Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped), is New York State licensed, and is registered with both CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario) and SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada). Laura has worked in the areas of speech and language which include receptive and expressive language skills, speech production, oral-sensory-motor skills, feeding skills, social skills, pragmatic language, and play. She has experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), static boards, voice output buttons, and sign language, as well as both low- and high-tech devices, including iPad communication apps. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques including oral-motor therapy, feeding therapy, apraxia, AAC, and PROMPT (Prompts For Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Laura also has extensive training in behavioral techniques, which help promote appropriate and/or alternative behaviors while teaching skills. She understands how to break skills down into hierarchical parts while using cues to promote efficient learning. Laura has shared her expertise on using AAC at various workshops, including RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America), as well as colleges such as Pace University and NYU. Additionally, she has presented findings in oral-motor research at annual conventions held by YAI (Young Adult Institute) and ABAI (Association for Behavioral Analysis International).
Laura currently works remotely as the speech and language director at a private school for autism in New York City. Additionally, she works remotely as a private contractor, for pediatric clients in Ontario.