Mark Corallo Biography

Mark C. Corallo, MA CCC/SLP/PC has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for the past 14 years.  During this time, he has treated individuals who are diagnosed with a variety of communication disorders including but not limited to: Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Hearing-Impairment, and Cerebral Palsy.  Mark received his Master of Arts degree in Speech and Language Pathology from St. John’s University, Jamaica NY.

This synthesis evolved through one of his early clients – a four-year old girl who was diagnosed with Autism. It was this little girl, who would change the way he diagnosed, treated, and interacted with children throughout his career. He realized that formal teaching strategies alone were simply not enough to motivate and allow for her desire to communicate.  It was here that Mark began utilizing theater techniques and followed her lead, as she was more interested in verbal scripts from television shows, movies, and theater. Through the use of role playing, character development,  theater games, music and improvisation, Mark was able to gain increases in his young student’s eye contact, verbal skills, spontaneous play, and interaction with others in her family.

This further lead Mark to consult and direct for professional theater programs for oral-hearing impaired children through the No Limits Theater Group in Los Angeles, CA where he received the “No Limits Outstanding Volunteer Award “for his work.  Mark is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and has received several ACE awards for ongoing continuing education in his field.  Mark was a consulting speech-language pathologist for the Center Players Theater Group of Freehold NJ. There, he trained actors on various speech patterns needed for the performance of “Children of a Lesser God. “ Mark was also the recipient of “The Outstanding Therapist Award” through the My Goal Organization in New Jersey. My Goal is a not for profit organization that assists families affected by Autism.

Presently, Mark works for the NYC Department of Education as an Educational Speech-Language Pathologist.  In addition, he works alongside Dr. Jed Baker and his colleagues at the Social Skills Training Project in Franklin Township, NJ.  Here he provides speech therapy and social skill training for children, adolescents, and adults with communication impairments.  In addition, he runs an educational theater program that fosters social interaction, speech and language learning, listening, imagination, confidence, and artistic development for children with mild to moderate language and social difficulties.  Typically developing peers are also encouraged to join and engage in the therapeutic and theatrical process.   Group services are offered to children in the general education setting as well in order to serve as peer models and develop skills in acting, play and imagination.