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Christian Grasso

M.S., CCC-Speech & Language Pathologist

When an individual with distinct abilities has difficulty verbally or non-verbally communicating their emotions, ideas, needs, thoughts, and/or wants, their independence and quality of life are negatively impacted.

I help clients by using my knowledge and resources to, not only improve their overall communication and socialization capabilities, but also incorporate Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Functional Life Skills into therapy lessons to facilitate learning, generalization, independence, and motivation.

Since there is no single solution to address a client’s issues, I believe that to set him/her up for success, a holistic approach, carryover across environments, and collaborative team is crucial. The client’s team (comprised of Clinicians, Family, Friends, Caretakers/Legal Guardians, Educators, etc.) must routinely work together to develop attainable, clear, progressive, and measurable goals.

I have extensive professional experience evaluating and working with individuals of all ages and abilities in various settings. Incorporating modalities such as Crisis Intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Creative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Collaborative Therapy, I treat the client’s Speech, Language, and/or Social Pragmatic skills affected by the following:

  • Articulation Errors.
  • Auditory Processing Delays.
  • Eating/Feeding/Mealtime Issues.
  • Emotional Disturbance.
  • Expressive Language Delays.
  • Fluency/Stuttering/Stammering.
  • Impaired Cognition.
  • Impaired Emotional Self-Regulation.
  • Impaired Memory.
  • Impaired Problem-Solving.
  • Impaired Social Cognition (e.g. Perspective-Taking).
  • Literacy Delays.
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (e.g. Impaired Abstract Thinking & Spatial Relationships).
  • Oral Motor Issues.
  • Phonological Processing Delays.
  • Receptive Language Delays.
  • Social Pragmatic Language Delays.
  • Unexpected Behaviors.
  • Voice Disorders.

Additional areas of expertise include Assistive Technology, Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), Restorative Justice (e.g. Circles), Social Thinking, and Zones of Regulation.

My educational background includes an M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Hunter College, New York. While at Hunter College, I was a two-time Scholarship recipient (Mary Adasko Memorial Scholarship & Adele Steinhauer-Mullins Scholarship). I also have a B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University, New York.

I have been employed as a Speech and Language Pathology Clinic Supervisor as well as Speech and Language Pathology Clinical Supervisor for Undergraduate and Graduate students in New York and San Diego. Most recently, California State University San Marcos via San Diego Center for Children Academy (SDCCA).

In addition to being a California Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, I am Clinically Certified by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA).

Noemi Grasso

M.S., CCC-Speech & Language Pathologist

My greatest reward as a Speech and Language Pathologist is when I help clients achieve a degree of functional independence and improve their quality of life. To accomplish this, I believe a clinician’s responsibility is to listen to and respect a client’s communicative, cultural, and social wants and needs. Therefore, I approach all my clients and their loved ones with an open mind and provide a comfortable environment wherein we, as a team, can explore the issues affecting their ability to reach their potential.

To set my clients up for success across environments, I utilize my personal and professional experiences, honed in the U.S. and Peru, to creatively incorporate Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Functional Life Skills into therapy sessions. In my opinion, this is the most effective strategy to promote carryover, generalization, skill retention, and mastery of goals.

Exploring and embracing a client’s cultural background throughout therapy not only acknowledges and clarifies their wants and needs, but also guides them toward achievement. My method is to routinely collaborate with the client, their loved ones, and intervention team. Doing so enables me to develop suitable, progressive goals the client can practice daily and use in all aspects of their life.

I have extensive professional experience evaluating and working with early intervention/preschool, elementary, middle, and high school aged individuals with distinct abilities in home, school, and center-based settings. I also established a Private Practice in Lima, Peru. My expertise is working on Speech, Language, and Social Pragmatic skills affected by the following:

  • Articulation Errors.
  • Auditory Processing Delays.
  • Expressive Language Delays.
  • Fluency/Stuttering/Stammering.
  • Impaired Cognition.
  • Impaired Memory.
  • Impaired Problem-Solving.
  • Impaired Social Cognition (e.g. Perspective-Taking).
  • Literacy Delays.
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (e.g. Impaired Abstract Thinking & Spatial Relationships).
  • Oral Motor Issues.
  • Phonological Processing Delays.
  • Receptive Language Delays.
  • Social Pragmatic Language Delays.
  • Specific Learning Disabilities.
  • Unexpected Behaviors.

In addition, I specialize in individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am well-versed employing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Techniques, Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), Social Thinking, and Zones of Regulation.

Furthermore, I speak and write two languages fluently, Spanish and English. If/when needed, I use one or both in therapy and when conducting formal and informal Evaluations/Assessments.

My educational background includes the U.S. equivalent of an M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology (granted by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.).

I received my Graduate degree and training in Speech and Language Pathology and Human Communication Disorders from the Centro Peruano de Audicion Lenguage y Aprendizaje-CPAL (Peruvian Center of Hearing, Language & Learning). I also obtained a Specialization in Oral Motor Functions diploma. Thereafter, I was employed as a Professor and taught and mentored Graduate students.

I have a B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and am Bilingual Certified via completion of the Bilingual Extension Program at Columbia University, New York.

In addition to being a California Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, I am Clinically Certified by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA).

Anthony Grasso

Office Assistant

My greatest joy is not only helping my son, Christian, and daughter-in-law, Noemi, achieve their personal and professional goals but also keeping the day-to-day operations at Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center, Inc. (V.T.) running smoothly.

In my opinion, the best way to accomplish this is by being readily accessible and available to all clients and their Guardian(s)/Caretaker(s) to answer basic questions about V.T. and support them while they’re waiting to receive services.

Another way I help my family and serve V.T. clients, is by attending to administrative functions so that Christian, Noemi, and Contract Providers can focus on what’s most important…our clients and their families.