Meet Polina


Learn more about Polina

Private Practice Success Stories: “Know Your Worth” Episode

iTunes Release Date: September 13, 2018

Description: Polina has the most experience working with early intervention and school-aged children with autism. Her professional journey consisted of transitioning from different work environments in search of increasing independence and supervisory positions. She is currently working as an adjunct communication disorders professor at a university in addition to her private practice.

Here's What We Cover: How she's diversifying her skill set through continuing education, leading her to her declaration that she will be a “student forever.” The jaw-dropping moment which would likely have stopped others in their tracks. Her best source of referrals, including her path to building her social media presence. Her important decision to never undersell competitors. Why she actively seeks interaction with and learning experiences from professionals in other specialties.

Great Minds Think Openly: Mealtime Tug-A-War No More

Release Date: July 28, 2018

Description: Polina and I chat about a topic I find myself discussing a great deal with parents- mealtime! Polina shares her three top tips for parents in managing common sticky mealtime behaviors. She draws from her background in nutrition education and child development, shedding insight on the role of mealtime in optimal health and relationship. You won't believe how the small changes she offers can make such a great difference in building on joy (and sanity) in the household.


She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorder from Adelphi University and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Queens College. Polina has been practicing for over a decade.

In December of 2018, she received a Master of Science in Nutrition Education (MSNE) from American University. Polina is the owner of Play to Learn, SLP P.C., an established private practice in the Forest Hills area of Queens, New York servicing children and families. She holds a position as an adjunct lecturer teaching introductory courses in the linguistics and communications major to undergraduate students.

Over the course of her career, Polina has earned two ACE awards from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for her dedication to learning and continuing education. Given her past training utilizing the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach, along with additional fundamental knowledge in feeding therapy, mealtime has been her keen focus. With her MSNE degree, she attends to the enhancement of the mealtime environment for children and families through nutrition counseling, parental empowerment, and self-efficacy.

Polina is a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals, which has significantly guided her practice to include aspects from the field of mental health. She has researched and formed intricate connections between adverse childhood experiences, ramifications of toxic stressors, and the ways in which detrimental relationships are created with food. Her overall goal is to educate children and their families on the major impact that foundational attitudes and beliefs can have on building lifelong skills.