Dr. Pia Wikstrom is a licensed Speech–Language Pathologist and a Developmental Psychologist with a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech & Language Pathology and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Psychology specializing in development of cognition and language.
Her research has spanned the areas of 1) development of language and communication in autistic children, and 2) relationships among developments in language & communication, play behaviors, and affect.
Dr. Wikstrom established her private practice in 1989. Her clinical specialties include diagnosis and treatment of communication delays & disorders and their relationship to learning and behavior in young children. Additionally, Dr. Wikstrom was an adjunct professor at SUNY, Ithaca College, and Hofstra University.
Dr. Wikstrom emphasizes treatment of the identified areas of difficulties in relation to the whole child. The reason for this is that communication skills interact and are at times highly synchronized with developments in psychological areas including cognition, play, emotions and affect. Family involvement is integral to her intervention. Consultations and direct training with Dr. Wikstrom allow parents to acquire an intimate understanding of their child’s difficulty, and learn how to help develop her/his skills at home.
Dr. Wikstrom offers diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of communication and cognitive delays and disorders including:
- Delays in development of language, speech, play, and learning skills in young children as young as 17 months.
- Word retrieval and language organizational issues impacting communication, writing and learning skills in school age children and adolescents.
- Auditory processing disorders impacting communication, learning, reading and other academic skills in children and adolescents.
- Language processing and comprehension disorders impacting communication, learning, reading and other academic skills.
- Oral–motor issues impacting development of clarity of speech and language
- Dysfluency disorders, including stuttering and cluttering (irregularities in organization, rate, and articulation of speech) impacting communication and emotional functioning and development in children, adolescents and adults.
- Social language and communication issues impacting relations with others.
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