433 Metairie Rd., Ste 300, Metairie, LA 70005 (map) ē Phone (504) 835-5550 ē Fax (504) 835-5510 ē E-mail: jslcoffice@gmail.com


Jefferson Speech and Language Center, established in 1972, employs Masters Level Speech-Language Pathologists and Learning Specialists. We are philosophically committed to the patientís total communication and learning needs through family involvement, coordination of school and professionals, and referral for associated services where indicated.

In response to questions from parents, loved ones and teachers, we have compiled the following checklists to help you determine if you might benefit from our services. Keep in mind these are only guidelines and any diagnosis should be made after consulting a speech and language professional.

Note: We no longer accept insurance, but instead will supply a receipt for your payment so you may file for your reimbursement.

Referrals to the Center are made by parents, psychologists, educators, and physicians.
Complete Speech-language and Psycho/Educational evaluations are provided in both clinical
and school settings.


  • Testing
  • Interpretation of the test results
  • Computation of the student's strengths and weaknesses and suggested classroom interventions for educators.
  • Complete report

Click here for details about our Language-Based Psycho/Educational Evaluation.

We recognize that each patient and each individual who is seen at the Center is unique in his abilities and needs. Close contact is maintained with the studentís family and classroom teacher to insure successful carryover of skills into daily living situations.

Individualized Therapy is provided in the following areas as needed:


  • Increasing intelligibility
  • Phonology
  • Pronouncing sounds

Language-Based Academic:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonology (Phonics)
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Sound Spelling
  • Sentence Structure & Patterns
  • Capitalization/Punctuation
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Essay Writing


  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure & Length
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Thinking/Reasoning Skills
  • Social Language
  • Overall Communication



Dysgraphia/Written Expression




Study Skills



Project Read/LANGUAGE!
Multimodality approaches to reading, written expression and sound spelling including: Phonological Awareness.

Step-Up-To Writing, a multisensory approach to developing written expression.

Classroom Accommodations and Interventions are designed to meet the studentís individual needs.

Workshops and in-service training sessions are available for parents, teachers, PTA groups and church organizations.

Speech-Language Hearing and/or Cognitive/Learning Screenings are provided for preschool and elementary grades.

Denise Nagim, M.C.D., C.C.C. has practiced in the New Orleans Metropolitan area for nearly 40 years. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of language-based learning problems including dyslexia, written expression, oral communication, thinking and listening comprehension. Denise has received training in numerous direct, systematic programs to enhance her expertise in working with students and children with reading and written language issues. She has a keen diagnostic insight to the interpretation of cognitive and achievement profiles, which assists parents, teacher and educators in understanding a studentís strengths and vulnerabilities.