Alida Engel

Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Speech and Language Pathologist Alida Engel has over 40 years of experience in Connecticut private and public schools, and in her private practice in New Haven, Connecticut. She works with children and adults and is a generalist, with broad experience in stuttering, autism, voice, language, articulation, reading, accent reduction, and other speech concerns. Articles about and by her have appeared in the New York Times, the New Haven Register, the Bridgeport Post and the New Haven Advocate.

Since 1969

Parents are an integral part of our program. Alida feels strongly that parents must be taught the support skills to play an active role in changing children's lives through improving their communication. One of the advantages of private, non-school speech therapy is having the opportunity to work directly with parents, and the freedom to show them any and all options for helping their children, unlimited by the budget and information constraints that are, by necessity, imposed within a school system. Alida is innovative and willing to take risks to achieve communication breakthroughs.

Alida is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency (stuttering) Disorders (BCS-F), making her one of only 179 such practitioners in the US and Canada. BCS-Fs have acquired a high level of clinical expertise in treating fluency disorders, possess advanced knowledge, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving people with fluency disorders. The BCS-F designation is a program of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Alida has made many presentations on speech and language issues. She spoke to the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association on "Pre-School Stuttering Therapy: Lidcombe and Other Approaches" in March 2009. She trained pre-school teachers across Connecticut in "Teaching Language in the Natural Environment." She has lectured at the Yale School of Nursing about "Early Identification of Speech and Language Development," and also to nurses and doctors at St. Raphael's Hospital (now part of Yale-New Haven Hospital). Alida Engel led a workshop on 'Finding the Voice You Want' at the True Colors conference in March -- the country's largest LGBT youth conference.

Alida has earned 20 Awards for Continuing Education (ACEs), testifying to her personal commitment to ongoing professional learning subsequent to the achievement of her degree in speech pathology. Her 20 awards place her among those who have accumulated the most ACEs in the country.

Alida strives, through her continuing professional education choices, to maintain currency in major areas of speech therapy, so that she can offer her patients state of the art approaches to diagnoses and therapy. Over the years, she has worked to continuously update her knowledge and refine her skills, attending conferences and seminars, participating in workshops, and innovating professionally in many areas including:

  • Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
    • DIR/Floortime Approach (Dr. Stanley Greenspan)
    • The SCERTS Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Support - Dr. Barry Prizant)
    • Autism On-line Conference (Yale)
    • Executive Functioning (Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP)
    • Child Behavior Management for effective learning and better life functioning

  • Articulation/Apraxia
    • Update on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Dr. Shelly Velleman)
    • R-in-the-Car CD: 10 Fun Songs to Learn to Pronounce the "R" (Produced by Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BCS-F)
    • Kaufman Method for Childhood Apraxia

  • Social Language Skills
    • Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner, MS CCC-SLP)
    • Executive Functioning (Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP)
    • Selective Mutism Workshop with Elisa Shipon-Blum, D.O., President and Director of the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment (SMART) Center; Jenkintown, PA
    • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Ross Menzies, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
    • Mindfulness Training; with Carolyn Cheasman, mindfulness trainer; and Rachel Everard MS-SLP and stuttering specialist, both at City Lit, London (the UK national specialist centre in adult stuttering therapy).
    • Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Trudy Stewart, Ph.D.-SLP

  • Reading, Reading Comprehension, and Writing
    • The Language Basis of Reading Disabilities
    • The Struggling Reader: From Assessment to Intervention
    • Fast ForWord on-line learning program to increase vocabulary and learning capacity, by capitalizing on brain elasticity.
    • Reading Kingdom, Dr. Marian Blank

  • Stuttering (fluency). Alida is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders (BCS-F)
    • The Lidcombe Method for Children who Stutter (Dr. Mark Onslow)
    • The 4th , 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th World Congresses for People Who Stutter (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015)
    • Advancing Practice in Fluency Disorders
    • Cognitive Therapy and Stuttering
    • Stuttering Therapy: Workshop for Specialists

  • Voice
    • Lessac-Based Resonant Voice Therapy (Kittie Verdolini Abbott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
    • Care of the Professional Voice
    • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice Disorders
    • Update in Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (Harvard)
    • Voice Foundation 25th Annual Symposium: Care of Voice
    • Voice Foundation 33rd Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice
    • Voice Therapy: A Comprehensive Approach

  • Oral Motor Functioning
    • Therapy for Severe Articulation Impediments
    • Motor Control Disorders (Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, Talk Tools)

  • Language
    • Communication for Children with Learning and Language Disability
    • Children's Language Disorders: Intervention in the School Setting
    • Links to Language (Pam Payne, MS CCC-SLP)
    • Reading and Language Comprehension (Dr. Marion Blank, PhD)

  • Accent Reduction
    • Psycholinguistic aspects of foreign accents
    • Accent Reduction: Lorna Sikorski, LDS

  • Use of Computer Programs and iPad APPs
    • APPs for Autism
    • Apps for Articulation
    • Language and Literacy and the Computer
    • Fast ForWord (on-line system for exploiting brain elasticity to achieve better learning and communication)

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