Dr. Seray Bio

Seray Itez, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist

Seray completed her elementary education at Immaculate Conception School, NY and her high school education at Collegiate School, NJ. She graduated from Rutgers University’s Honors Program in Psychology in 2000. She volunteered at various clinics while working in corporate jobs for over five years. In 2010, she completed her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University.

While completing her graduate degree, Seray also provided home-based and school-based assessment and therapy services for school age children, and worked with school aged children with communication difficulties at several public schools across NJ. She obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) which is given by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2011. After working in the NJ public schools & agency settings for 7 years, she decided to move abroad with her family. While there, she worked as a clinician in Istanbul for a prestigious private practice in providing services to children and their families, from 2014 to 2018. Working with bilingual populations, she provided home-based early intervention services for children with speech-language disorders, language delay, autistic spectrum disorders & feeding problems. She returned to the US to obtain her PhD while working for a dual-language immersion program in Northern Colorado from 2018-2020.

Some of the facilities that Seray completed her internships and externships at include:

Hawthorne Foundation, New York University Speech and Hearing Clinic,British International School Istanbul, MEF Istanbul, Dwight Englewood, Public School # 2 , Dynamic Therapeutic Services, Barnstable Academy, Trenton Public Schools. She is a member of American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and Board certified speech-language pathologist in New Jersey.

Seray returned to her roots in Wayne New Jersey during September 2020 to create an interdisciplinary team of therapists at i Rise Therapy Center. She has been providing individual therapy and family training sessions, including Early Intervention services, and works with both children and adults with speech and language disorders. Seray implements the DIR/Floortime approach in her sessions when working with children, especially when working with children with autistic spectrum disorders. She uses the PROMPT technique when working on articulation and eliciting the correct production of speech sounds.

Areas of Interest:

Speech and language disorders in children, articulation problems, speech/language delay, feeding problems, oral-motor insufficiencies. Assessment and early intervention for children who exhibit non-typical developmental patterns. Improving social language skills and functional communication by using DIR/Floortime approach, and family/school training for generalization of skills gained in therapy sessions. Teaching the correct production of speech sounds using the PROMPT technique.

Seminars and Trainings Attended:

Imagine More: ASHA Convention 2019 – Orlando, Florida
National Speech and Language Disorders Congress, Uskudar Istanbul 2015
Learning and the Brain: Educating Diverse Minds- Boston, MA
Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation to Action ASHA Conventions 2011 – San Diego, California
Sensory Integration in Pediatric Practice
Early Intervention for Swallowing and Feeding Disorders
Introduction to PROMPT: Technique
Developmental Apraxia of Speech
Disfluency and Stuttering Therapy in School-Age Children
Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
School Violence Prevention and Intervention
Mental Health in Early Intervention
Totally Treatment: Sensory Integration and DIR/Floortime (Rosemary White, New York, USA)
Advanced DIR® Floortime™ provider


ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association)

Turkish Speech Language Therapists Association (www.dkbud.org)

DIR/Floortime Institute

NAS (National Autistic Society)

Seray Itez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
ASHA#: 14063172
Board Certification #: 41YS01059500
NJDOE#: 571670


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