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Apraxia is…

a severe neurological disorder which controls the input from the brain to the oral motor muscles which provides speech. It is like having a loose wire or connection in the brain,and is a very frustrating disorder for the child and parents going through it. The children cannot produce the correct sounds to verbally make themselves understood. Children with Apraxia may have learning problems also.

About Apraxia Network

Who we are...

We are a northern New Jersey non-profit support group for families of children/adults with all aspects of Apraxia, located in Paramus. We are a New Jersey State Dept of Education Reg. Provider for CEU’s.

Professionals are welcome to attend/join our group. Please indicate if you are a parent/professional when contacting us.

OUR GOAL is to provide literature, networking with other parents, support and the newest information in the field. We are also affiliated with the LDA of New Jersey and the non-profit Cherab Foundation.

Apraxia is a severe neurological disorder which controls the input from the brain to the oral motor muscles which provides speech. It is like having a loose wire or connection in the brain,and is a very frustrating disorder for the child and parents going through it. The children cannot produce the correct sounds to verbally make themselves understood. Children with Apraxia may have learning problems also.

Remember, you’re not alone! We’re here to help.  Please also check out our calendar.

Who is Jeanne Buesser?

“All the children eventually reach the top of their mountain but each has a different way of getting there.”

Jeanne Buesser is President of the nonprofit grassroots organization, Apraxia Network of Bergen County (New Jersey) which she founded over 19 years ago.

She is a parent of two special needs adult children. She also has written many articles in locals papers/ magazines which are listed in the links section of the He Talks Funny website. She has been interviews on local tv and radio stations, Rose Moore Show, and The Authorsshow.com.

She also has a public service announcement on youtube.com on apraxia, and Facebook,has spoken at conferences, including Learning Disability Association Of New Jersey. Furthermore, in 2005, Ms.Buesser was presented the “Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award” by the Volunteers of Morris County. In 2009, she was nominated for “Volunteer of the Year” from the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey.

Her newest children’s book is called He Talks Funny, on Apraxia which is available anywhere. Her next two books Journey from Darkenss to Light, and Moonlight Till Dawn are poetry and grief related. Her newest books are  called WIllow Tree and Water Line and Breezi’s Island. Many of her books have resources in the back.

All Jeanne’s Children’s books

Parent Resources

Parent Resources

Apraxia Network provides a robust list of providers and organizations.





Disclaimer information was current when posted. Please contact the providers to get updated information.

**Jeanne Buesser,

President/List Owner/Author/Editor

See contact page for contact information

Adrienne L. Murphy, MA CCC-SLP, RYT-200,
Integrative Special Needs Consultant
cell phone: 201-923-7708


**Joanne Hinchman-Giuffre, MA, CCC-slp

550 Kinderkamack Road, Center Building, Suite 228

Oradell, New Jersey 07649



office • 201-265-5201

201-265-5201 fax




Ann Marie Agnello

Special Education Advocate

Bergen County

Phone: (201) 670-6094

(201) 670-6094


Lauren Zimet, MS,

CCC/SLP Healthy Foundations Program

Phone: (404) 944-9561

(404) 944-9561

Email: www.earlyinsights.com


*** Dr. Vincent D’Amico, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

ADD/ADHD Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Family Stress Reduction Institute

293 Christian Herald Rd # A

Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Phone: (845) 353-2229

(845) 353-2229

also in Westchester County at (914) 631-9233

Email: DrVinnie@optonline.net

Visit us: http://www.drvinnie.com/ and www.familystressreduction.com


*** Dr. Ruth Nass,

Professor at NYU Clinical Neurology

NYU Medical Center

E-mail: ruth.nass@nyu.edu

Phone: (212) 263-7753


Dr. Thomas Campione,

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist

Bergen Chiropractic Neurology Center

300 Knickerbocker Rd

Cresskill, NJ 07626

Phone: (201) 569-0500

Visit us at:www.bergencnc.com


*Jodi Schechtman, MA-CCC-SLP

Jodi schechtman speech services

1930 east rt 70 marlton pike

Cherry Hill NJ 08003 Suite C 17



The Communication Station

Email: jodicomm@aol.com

Visit: www.communicationstation.ws


Smadar Calandri, CCC-SLP


Email: smadar@comcast.net


*Shelby Camhi, MA CCC-SLP


661 Palisade Ave. Suite A4

Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Phone: (201) 567-0300

Visit: www.talk2mellc.com


*Antonella Naccarella–Scofield


Email: ansco3@aol.com


*Marlena Diamiani

Email: MMtirri@aol.com


*Lori Donnelly


Email: lorifdonnelly@hotmail.com


*Jackie Ferrara

(Upper Montclair)

Email: jfer@rutherford.k12.nj.us


*Joy Hollinder-Fink

Phone: (201) 327-6732


*Kelly Guthrie-Cahill


Phone: (201) 847-1950

Email: kgcahill@optonline.net


*Jamie Grasso-Carius,

Prompt Therapist

Email: jamiegrasso4@aol.com


*Janet M. Krebs, MS,

CCC-SLP Communication Therapy Center

Ridgewood, NJ

Email: Janet@speechspecialties.com

Website: www.kids-talkCTC.com


*Cynthia Marrapodi


Phone: (908) 598-0228


*Jean Massaro,



Email: jean.massaro@verizon.net


*Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA,

CCC-SLP Licensed Speech Pathologist

Level 6 Certified Talk Tools



Specializing in OPT, Feeding, Myofunctional and PROMPT NJ Kids’ Top Doctors 2012

480 Bergen Blvd. Suite 3 Ridgefield, NJ 07657

201-945-6200 (tel)

201-945-6201 (fax)


E-mail: Robynslp95@aol.com

*Carolyn Noble (Wanaque)

Phone: (973) 839-6990

Email: itsnoblec@yahoo.com

*Cheryl Pazappi,

SLP Advantage Speech & Language services

North Franklin Turnpike Suite 202

Hohokus, NJ 07423

Phone: (201) 675-7309

or (845) 590-8586

Visit us at: http://www.helpyoutalk.com

*Laurie Preefer (Ramsey)

Email: lp724@aol.com

*Susan Rothschild, Founder,

MS, CCC-SLP Horizon Speech Therapy Services

381 Park Street, Suite 1A

Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Phone: (201) 880-6009

Email: info@horizonspeech.com

Website: www.horizonspeech.com

*Cathy Trola


Email: Cathyslp@aol.com

*Nancy Wernikoff

(Woodcliff Lake)

Phone: (201) 391-8376

Email: wernikoff@usa.net

*Deb Rondinelli

(Harrington Park)

Phone: (201) 767-9140(

*Estelle Soloman


*STARS* Solomon Therapeutics & Resource Specialists

Phone: (973) 696-3928


Visit us at: www.speechtherapystars.com

Cheryl Schmotolocha, MS,

CCC/SLP ABC Therapy Services

71 Franklin Turnpike

Waldwick, NJ 07463


ChildWorks Therapy Center

32 Gibraltar Drive

Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Phone: (862) 219-5678

Fax: (862) 219-5399

Alyson Quintavalle, M.S.

CCC- SLP Shine Bright Speech

Ph: 201-314-0814

Email: alyson@shinebrightspeech.com


Rachel Fisch-Kaplan, MS.


Clinical Director of Communikids

(a speech/languagePROMPT trained/occupational therapy practice)

57 Union Place, Suite 315

Summit, NJ 07901


164 West 79th Street Suite 1C

New York, NY 10024




Other Professionals:

Advocates/Lawyers: —

Susan Verrico:


Chris Genute, LDTC

Learning consultant/advocate

Bergen County


George Holland


Law Offices of Christine Ann Soto

140 E. Ridgewoood Avenue, Suite 415,

Paramus, NJ 07652

* 6407 Bergenline Avenue,

West New York, NJ 07093

520 White Plains Road, Suite 500-826,

Tarrytown, NY 10591

By appointment only

Office (201) 861-9100

Mobile (201) 320-3626

Fax (201) 490-1783




675 Morris Ave, Ste 200

Springfield, NJ 07081


Hillary D. Freeman, Esq.

Freeman Law Offices, LLC

103 Carnegie Center, Suite 300

Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Tel: (609) 955-3529

Fax: (609) 228-6909


Debra J. Horowitz, Esq.


Chaye Lamm- ot www.potsot.com/workshops

email chaye@potsot.com

Tommy Dalton,

training with a purpose


Dr Irina Volynsky

clinical director psychologist/


fort lee, NJ


New private support source for grandparents and loved ones:.https://www.facebook.com/groups/166047073593819/

Emerson Dickman and Margaret Mignona,

Special Ed Lawyers Pediatric Specialists:


Dr. Leonard Silverstein

82 East Allendale Rd.

Saddle River, NJ (201) 236-8282

Orthodontics by Dr. Barry Raphael

(really understands myofunctional disorders)

1425 Broad St.

Clifton, NJ

(973) 778-4222

Pediatric Opthamology Associates

1 West Ridgewood Ave.

Paramus, NJ

(201) 447-7022

Pediatric Dentist (Special Needs),

Dr. Marco Ramos

6 Prospect St.

Midland Park, NJ

(201) 445-5555

Pediatric ENT,

Dr. Jonathan Lesserson

400 Old Hook Rd.

Westwood, NJ (201) 664-9800

General Resources:

Autism, ADHD, and Sleep




Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books


Developing Your Blind Child’s Sleep Schedule

How to Exercise with Limited Mobility



Cyberbullying on the College Campus

Low Vision Internet Access Filtering Sensory Processing Issues At Home Cleaner Indoor Air & Chemical Sensitivities Campaign Home Modifications for Disabilities – Checklists and Funding Home Modifications and Selling Your Home Special Needs Safety Near Construction Sites Renters’ Rights for Tenants with Disabilities http://civilrights.findlaw.com/discrimination/rental-housing-rights-for-disabled-tenants.html

Moving for Seniors and People with Disabilities Finding Credible Medical Information and Advice


Thriving in College with ADHD


Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City? The 9 Most Hazardous Chemicals for People With Special Needs Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs https://americanaddictioncenters.org/


Special Education Resources



Recommended Sites:

Jeanne in the news:

Paramus Patch 2013
Special Story (He Talks Funny featured in the Bulletin section of The Parent Paper June ’11 issue, page 11)

• Paramus Mother Brings Awareness to Apraxia with Children’s Book by Brandon Lee (Paramus Patch)
• Speaking loudly on talking ‘funny’ by Bryan Wassel (NorthJersey.com)
• Author aims to educate public about autism spectrum by Kelly Nicholaides (NorthJersey.com/South Bergenite)


Jeanne was also featured in 201 Magazine February 2010 edition. The Jewish Standard Paper, Sept/Oct edition on page 6 in the children’s section.

Articles by Jeanne:

More links to come!


Video & Audio:

  • Jeanne’s YouTube ChannelPSA’s, interviews, and more
  • There are 40 million people in the US alone with a communication impairment. Unfortunately most don’t care about communication impairments- why we are here, where we are? We are looking to change that. As parents and professionals we can. We can do this! You can see more in a documentary that Jeanne Buesser was involved in about these impairments at https://vimeo.com/191837879.

Favorite Links
Recommended Books:

  • Children’s & Young Adult Books about Disabilities
  • He Talks Funny (Jeanne Buesser’s new childrens’ book about Apraxia.)
  • The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet by Dr. Marilyn C. Agin, Lisa F. Geng, Malcolm Nicholl
  • LCP Solution by Dr. Stordy & Dr. Nicholls
  • The Parents Guide to Speech and Language Problems by Debbie Feit, with Heidi M. Feldman, MD, PhD

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