Social City
Social Skills for Children Ages 2-16

Meet The Team

Caring. Dedicated. Empathetic.

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Tara Ferrara, M.S., CCC-SLP,  Co-Founder & Co-Director

Tara received her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in speech and hearing sciences, and a minor in psychology from Indiana University in 2008. Additionally, she received her Master of Science in speech-language pathology from Adelphi University in 2010.

Tara holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a New York State License to practice Speech Pathology. Additionally, she is TSSLD Certified (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities) in New York State.

Tara began her career at the Reece School in New York City, where she worked as a speech and language pathologist for 4 years.  At Reece, she gained a great deal of experience working with children who have varying levels of learning differences, such as speech and language delays, sensory and auditory processing disorders, and social-emotional behavior challenges.  Working at a special education school and providing private speech and language therapy, Tara realized that many children were in need of additional social skills support.

Tara’s knowledge, experience and deep compassion led her to join a partnership and create Social City.

 
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Alexandra Spira, M.A., CCC-SLP, Co-Founder & Co-Director

Aly holds a Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology from New York University, and a Master of Arts in speech-language pathology from the City University of New York at Queens College.  Aly began her career at the Reece School, a special education elementary school in Manhattan where she interacted one-on-one with children with a wide variety of language, learning, emotional and developmental disabilities. 

As a founding partner of Social City, Aly works closely with parents and professionals to target areas of need and develop specific skills for each child. She specializes in helping students internalize strategies that allow them to pursue their individual goals and ambitions.

Aly has dedicated her career to helping children build confidence and achieve success.  Aly’s passion and excitement for working with children, and her creative and innovative teaching style, enable her to connect with her students and maximize their potential to succeed both in and out of the classroom. 

 

JESSICA SCHWARTZ, M.S., CCC-SLP, GROUP LEADER

Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College and later received her Master of Science in speech-language pathology from Mercy College.  Jessica is a NYS licensed and ASHA accredited speech-language pathologist, and also holds an initial certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).

Jessica began her career as a speech and language pathologist at a private practice working with children and adults of all ages with a variety of speech and language difficulties, including deficits in speech, language, voice, and cognitive/linguistic skills. Jessica is currently working in a private upper elementary/middle school where she works with students with learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), and students with high-functioning autism. She is passionate about creating new and exciting lessons to support and improve the executive functioning skills, pragmatic skills, comprehension, word retrieval skills, and organization of her students. 

Jessica strives to make all sessions both motivating and challenging for her students. She feels that the most important part of therapy is for students to gain confidence and improve their self- esteem. Jessica also has experience collaborating with caregivers and teachers, as well as other school professionals to support language intervention in all contexts and allow for generalization of skills. 

 
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Amy kohlmorgen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Co-Group Leader

Amy received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. She holds a New York State License to practice Speech Pathology and a certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also holds an initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities.

Amy currently works at a special education preschool and provides services to children with speech and language disorders as well as cognitive and social deficits. She works to bring creativity, fun, and individualism to every session in order to engage each student.

Amy is passionate about facilitating highly functional communication within each student’s environment. She believes this is achieved not only with a speech therapist, but with a team of people including parents, teachers, and other professionals dedicated to generalize these skills to all areas of life.

 
 
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JESSICA SILFEN, M.S., CCC-SLP, GROUP LEADER

Jessica completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with distinction as a double major in Linguistics and Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN). She went on to receive her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University.

Through Jessica’s academic and clinical training, she has gained extensive background knowledge and clinical experience with both pediatric and adolescent populations. She currently works in a special education middle and high school with students who have language-based learning disorders and challenges with cognitive, academic, and social development.  

Jessica believes in an individualized and collaborative approach to therapy so that the skills developed in her sessions generalize to the home and school environments. With her enthusiasm, creativity, professionalism and passion for speech-language intervention, she is skilled at helping children progress towards their goals while still having fun! 

 

Alex Johnson, M.A., CFY- SLP, Support Staff

Alex received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Delaware, where she graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science with a Concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Disabilities Studies. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the George Washington University. Alex is a Clinical Fellow and also holds an initial certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).

Alex began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Manhattan Star Academy working with children with a variety of complex speech and language-based learning disorders. Alex primarily works with children utilizing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), pragmatic difficulties, pediatric feeding disorders, and receptive and expressive language disorders.

As a passionate clinician and a life-long learner, Alex is dedicated to creating a positive,motivating, and evidence-based treatment sessions that cater to each child’s individual needs. As a clinician, Alex continues to be dedicated to ongoing collaboration and communication between families and other related service providers.