Natalie’s Testimonials

Natalie and Rosanna are absolutely amazing! They have changed our daughter’s life with their speech and PT interventions, and given us so many tools for helping her learn and grow in such profound ways. Our daughter’s diagnosis was such that we didn’t know how/when/if she would meet certain milestones, and thanks to Natalie and Rosanna she has taken things so much farther and faster than we had ever expected! SSBL goes the extra mile with their caring, creative, skilled approach. They are such a positive impact on our family and our lives– thank you so much!! – Jon

Words cannot do justice re: the immense gratitude I have for Rosanna and Natalie and the wonderful space they have created in Small Steps, Big Leaps. Their goal is to create a calm and joyful environment and they do that and more, going above and beyond to collaborate with each other (each one addresses and integrates what the other is working on!) and involve caregivers in order to better serve the children in their care. Our daughter has grown so much over the last few years with these two, and we are forever grateful. – Nancy

Rosanna and Natalie have been godsends for us. My daughter was receiving speech and PT services at this sensory gym for a year before we moved to LI. We have gone to several sensory gyms and been through several therapists before landing here and it was a breath of fresh air. We saw great results with our daughter, she started identifying objects and greeting. Her mobility increased and progressed so much, she started walking. The space is quaint and clean, predictable and a very pleasant waiting room with plenty of books to read for kids and parents. Both Natalie and Rosanna collaborate to achieve goals with each child and they collectively work with parents keeping us informed through the entire process. They encourage participation from parents / caregivers and suggest many pointers to work on at home. Our daughter absolutely loved it while she was there, she still repeats so many games / songs she learned there and gets so happy when she sees photos of her friends and therapists. I highly recommend Small Steps Big Leaps for the quality of service and the sense of community we felt there. I still haven’t found a place comparable! -M.H.


Our apraxic daughter overcame several hurdles in her speech development thanks to Natalie’s expertise and creative approach. When our child became frustrated, Natalie found ways to regain her interest. When our child was distracted, Natalie never lost her patience. Natalie treats the whole child which is critical to success. – Mom to O


Natalie has a way with children that creates a bond that furthers/fosters big strides in speech. My son adores her, he is always excited and willing to go to his sessions. Jack has made more progress over the summer than he did in speech therapy in public school for pre-K. We are so grateful we found Natalie thru another 3’s program, and we were thrilled to be able to re-unite them.  Mom to Jack (age 5)


We were very lucky to have Natalie work with my daughter for a year, starting when she was 16 months old.  At that point, she had a very limited vocabulary, was not responding consistently to her name or using names for all of our immediate family members. We were unsure whether her expressive speech was delayed or whether she was having difficulty understanding language as well. Natalie quickly gained her trust and kept our sessions both fun and highly productive. My daughter was always excited when she knew Natalie would be coming over. Natalie is extremely patient and very energetic and playful. My daughter made steady progress and then her speech really began to take off as both willingness/ability to imitate more sounds and create several word phrases increased.  Natalie ensured along the way that we, as parents, had tools to help reinforce and encourage my daughter’s speech development. We are so pleased with the progress my daughter has made and how her language has taken off. I wholeheartedly recommend Natalie for speech therapy services.  Danielle  (mom to S)


My son Jake was lucky enough to work with Natalie for three years.  Natalie is fantastic. She did not waste anytime getting right to work! From day one, Natalie’s sessions were intense and she was able to get him to focus and make sounds. Jake was always excited to see her and she made his sessions fun by incorporating things that Jake enjoys into the session.  Natalie was always on time and very professional.  She is extremely good at what she does and it is obvious that she loves her job. Amy P. (mom to Jake)