The Vocal Point

The face behind The Vocal Point!

Hello reader! My name is Linelly Nieves and I am a Speech Language Pathologist- licensed in the state of New York and Texas. I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I come from a Dominican background and Spanish is my first language. Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. After high school, I attended Lehman College and still was undecided in the career I wanted to pursue. My youngest brother had a speech delay and he had a therapist who would come into our home and provide services for him. My family and I saw a huge difference in my brother’s ability to communicate and that was very inspiring for me. I decided to take a few Speech classes at Lehman and found my passion! I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Lehamn in 2014. I was certain that I wanted to work with children. Shortly after graduation, I attended LIU Brooklyn to obtain my Master’s degree. During my time at LIU Brooklyn, I realized my favorite group in the world of Speech Pathology was the adult and geriatric populations. I was intrigued by how strokes affect the brain both in language and swallowing-two basic life skills. This was my calling! I wanted to make a difference and help people restore their basic life skills. In 2016, my grandfather had suffered his third stroke. With this third stroke, my grandfather acquired Aphasia. Aphasia is a comprehension and communication disorder resulting after certain brain injuries. My grandfather had difficulty recalling the names of his children and grandchildren, he often became frustrated when he couldn’t find the words he was trying to say. Unfortunately, due to the limited resources available to him in the Bronx, he was not able to receive therapy. My grandfather was a man full of life and this disorder really took a toll on his ability to communicate. I graduated from LIU Brooklyn in 2017 with my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. After graduation, I decided to take a job offer in Texas to complete my Clinical Fellowship Year. Texas was amazing and such a great learning experience! I met so many people along the way that helped me with my success and have become lifelong friends. I moved back to New York and decided it’s time to provide services to my community! I take pride in the services I provide to my patients and patient success is my drive. To me, it is important to create functional and patient oriented goals to help restore those basic life skills and much more. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I look forward to working with you soon!

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