Talker vs. Apraxia?
that? (and how do EFAs tie in?) From a
developmental pediatrician's point of view. By
Marilyn Agin MD
that? (and how does apraxia tie in?) From a
scientist's point of view. by Robert Katz PhD
Agin was our dynamic (standing room only) speaker for
our October, 2000 meeting, and more recently presented
at The First Apraxia Conference, Summer 2001. Since then Dr.
Agin has been
overwhelmed by the amount of calls, and emails that she has received from
all over the world. Since Dr. Agin lectures to
the medical communities about apraxia, she is aware that there are still
not enough knowledgeable
pediatricians around to address parent's medical concerns about late
talker vs. apraxia questions. Dr. Agin is also aware
of the strong need for more information and awareness about the speech
disorder, apraxia. She has generously offered to work very closely
with the CHERAB
Foundation, and this
Late Talker vs. Apraxia website, as our Medical Director. Part of
this includes being
able to answer your late talker vs. apraxia questions via
our email list.
After you read the
following brief overview of Dr. Agin's varied experience, you'll see why
we feel she has the perfect background and credentials to be CHERAB
Foundation's Medical Director, and 'the' medical
authority who is qualified to answer your questions about your child on
Late Talker vs. Apraxia. Read Dr. Marilyn
Agin's lecture on apraxia, from a developmental pediatrician's point
Prior to medical
school, Dr. Agin received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders
and was a practicing speech pathologist treating children and adults. Subsequently,
she completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation at New York University Medical Center and the Rusk Institute.
She is board certified in both fields.
After residency, Dr. Agin
was in charge of the pediatric spinal cord injury program at Children's
Specialized Hospital, a premier rehabilitation center in New Jersey,
and lectured on the subject. She also performed neurodevelopmental
evaluations for infants and children with developmental disorders.
After several years at the hospital, Dr. Agin left to join a private
practice in General Pediatrics and to continue performing neurodevelopmental
As a practicing pediatrician,
Dr. Agin was a keen observer of normal development during the well
visits for young patients. She would often identify children with speech
and language disorders, including apraxia of
speech, neuromotor delays, sensorimotor dysfunction, and children on
the autistic spectrum.
Currently, Dr. Agin is the
Medical Director of the Early
Intervention Program for the city of New York-the biggest program of
its kind in the country. In addition, she treats developmentally
disabled children in a clinic setting and does private neurodevelopmental
children of all ages. She
is passionate about early referral for developmental delays and disorders
and has lectured to other Pediatricians and participated in numerous
workshops on developmental surveillance, screening and assessment. She
is a member of the New York City Chapter of the Committee on Children with
Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In November, 1998, Dr.
Agin was cited as a “Top Doc” in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
by New Jersey Monthly.
Dr. Agin is married and
is the mother of twins
As a mom, I don't know
how Dr. Agin manages to do it all! Early Intervention responsibilities,
Private Practice / Patient responsibilities, and family responsibilities
on top of all that, but Dr. Agin also believes this page of the website,
and the time she volunteers to answer our questions is
so important too! For this reason however, I want to say the following:
Due to the amount of mail
received by Dr. Marilyn Agin she may not be able to respond as
quickly as she would like to. Please know that your question is very
important to Dr. Agin, as well as our other medical professionals, and
they will answer you as soon as possible. Thanks for
Laveman has generously volunteered his time to helping the CHERAB
Foundation. Dr. Laveman is a developmental pediatrician in New
Jersey who is diagnosing apraxia, and is looking forward to being
medically involved in apraxia research through CHERAB. Dr. Laveman
has both personal, as well as professional experience in dealing with
children with apraxia. Dr. Laveman, like Dr. Agin, attends the meetings
held by the nonprofit CHERAB Foundation.
Laveman can be reached at:
Millburn, NJ 07041
376 Route 15, Suite 101
Sparta, NJ 07871
506 Third Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030