Pediatric speech-language therapist, Arefa Mohamed, has extensive experience assessing and supporting children’s language development. Her philosophy is rooted in building strong relationships with caregivers as a foundational step to understanding and treating the whole child. Her therapeutic approach is centered around play to support and teach language in fun and motivating ways. Arefa is an expert in play development and uses play as a vehicle to meet each child at their level and build and expand upon their ideas, communication, and language for ongoing success.
What parents and educators have to say:
- “Arefa has a great awareness and understanding of each child's individual needs, and I saw a lot of growth within each of my students after she worked with them.”
- “She came to our home for each visit, and our son would run to the door so excited when he heard her voice. To him it was an hour playdate with his toys and this fantastic, outgoing, warm friend.”
- “Arefa was consistent in her approach and her creativity to meet each student at their level.”
- “I was present for most of my son's sessions and Arefa always took the time to speak with me about both what she was working on and ways that I could better support him.”
Arefa’s areas of expertise include speech and language delays, learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. She is also available for school and professional consultations and presentations.
Arefa is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist with 15 years of experience. Upon completion of her clinical work and earning her Master of Art degree in speech-language pathology from CUNY Queens College, a leading program in the field, Arefa worked in special education schools across New York City in various roles, including as a department head for 5 years. Her school experience provided her the opportunity to work on numerous multidisciplinary teams, including with play therapists, occupational therapists, counselors, teachers, etc., Therefore, her practice is informed by a holistic understanding. She currently runs a private practice, Key to Growth Therapy, and treats children in North Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY. She sees children in the comfort of their homes or convenience of school.