Polina Shkadron is a trauma-informed speech-language pathologist with specialties in the areas of autism, ADHD, language, and literacy. She earned her Master of Art degree in speech-language pathology from CUNY Queens College where she held the position of Adjunct Lecturer for the past 7 years. She also has a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education from American University, which has transformed the feeding therapy portion of her practice. Throughout the course of her career, Polina has earned four ACE awards from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for her dedication to learning.
She coaches parents using play and brain-based research to foster understanding and deeper connections, laying foundational principles of development. Polina approaches each family dynamic from a holistic lens, acknowledging challenges, examining the environment, and focusing on promoting self-efficacy in the parent and the child.
On a personal note, I am the daughter of an immigrant family. I understand what it's like to have the need to feel seen, heard and gotten. I am incredibly passionate about each client as an individual, creating a safe, nurturing space for self-expression and growth. In the words of Angela Duckworth, "Those fortunate people who do see their work as a calling - as opposed to a job or a career - reliably say 'my work makes the world a better place.' And it's these people who seem most satisfied with their jobs and their lives overall." I'm here to show you that your child can have that deep connection now and in the future. This is my calling!
Inna Shkadron, M.S. Sp. Ed., is a NYS licensed special educator. Inna has over 25 years of experience working with children from early intervention through the school age population. She started her career as a teaching assistant at the Hebrew Academy for Special Children (HASC) Woodmere receiving several Employee of the Month awards. Upon completion of her Master's of Science in Special Education from Touro College in 2003, she became the head teacher at Brookville Center for Children's Services, establishing their Early Intervention Program. Inna further led the curriculums for classrooms with children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and intellectual disabilities. Inna has since contracted for several agencies providing home and center-based services.
As a lifelong educator, Inna continuously seeks to deepen her knowledge and expertise through personal and professional growth. She is enrolled in the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORI) coursework that focuses on clinical self-reflection, understanding one’s internal motivations, and parent-child relationships. Inna is also a valuable member of the Parents First!™ community and Parents First!™ Educational Network.
Inna specializes in providing intervention for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, and various developmental difficulties. She has completed her basic certificate course in the DIRFloortime® model, focusing on functional emotional capacities. She addresses pre-academic and academic skills for preschool and early elementary students using an array of strategies to attain each child's individualized goals. Inna's vision includes a customized plan with parent coaching to support familial carryover of play-based learning and overall therapeutic success.
Coupled with certifications in family trauma and ADHD, my extensive knowledge and expertise in the neurology of play, executive functioning capacities, and parent coaching allows me to guide each family through daily challenges. The DIRFloortime® model enables our team to use a dynamic approach by understanding the internal state of each child, capturing the individuality of the family unit. We design a therapeutic plan to build confidence and empower lasting change. The philosophy of the practice takes a holistic viewpoint, laying a foundation for future success.
Our unique specialities are in the areas of autism, attention and executive function difficulties, behavior and emotional challenges, language learning disabilities and restrictive eating patterns. We live and love the play perspective and what it offers for our youngest members as we engage in comprehension, cognitive development and communication. Through parent coaching sessions and collaborative efforts with educators and other professionals, we increase awareness, ensure consistency, and carryover invaluable tools.