People In The News - Tina M Rocco Recognized As 2019 Therapist Of The Year
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 12:57PM

Long Island Speech Language Pathologist Tina M. Rocco M.A. CCC-SLP, HPCS Named Recipient of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year 2019

Islandia, NY Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. (, Islandia, NY), a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, announced that Tina M. Rocco M.A. CCC-SLIP, HPCS, a well-respected speech language pathologist has been recognized by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) as the recipient of The Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award for 2019.  

Rocco’s practice, Speech Language Pathology in Motion, is based in Hauppauge NY, and on the property of at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, in Islandia NY.  The practice utilizes uses interactions with horses, equine movement (hippotherapy) and the farm environment at Pal-O-Mine within its speech therapy sessions to support a variety of speech and language goals.  

In addition to her work on Long Island, Rocco currently serves as the Board President of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and the Chair of the AHA Ethics & Advocacy Committee.  Further, she is an active member of the AHA Reimbursement and Social Media and Marketing Committees. 

The Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award is the highest award one can receive from the AHA and is intended to recognize exceptional achievements of therapists who utilize hippotherapy as a treatment tool within their practice. Rocco received the award at AHA’s International Conference in Lexington, Kentucky in March 2019.

“This is a very important achievement and a well-deserved honor for Tina,” said Pal-O-Mine CEO Lisa Gatti. “She is an incredible professional – a dedicated and highly-skilled speech pathologist, who helps clients make major strides in their speech development. We are very proud to have Tina as a member of our team. She reflects the high caliber of professionals that we have at Pal-O-Mine.”

“It was an absolute honor to receive the American Hippotherapy Association’s Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award,” said Rocco.   I truly enjoy the work that I do, and I am privileged to have the chance to learn from and work alongside with many leading therapists from all over the U.S. through my work with AHA, and to work with the exceptional team at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian.”

Rocco founded Speech Language Pathology in Motion in 2011 to pursue her dream of helping children with speech, language and feeding difficulties by combining her two passions: speech-language pathology and horses. She has been recognized as a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS) since 2011 and is one of only ten Speech Language Pathologists in the United States to hold this credential. Her continuing education has included training in numerous speech language specialized treatment programs including animal assisted therapy, Hippotherapy and PROMPT, among others. She is also a recipient of multiple American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Awards for Continuing Education (ACE). She is a Certified Member of ASHA, Member of the New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association and Member of the Long Island Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Rocco received her Master of Arts (M.A) degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, and her Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist from Molloy College. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from ASHA and is a New York State Licensed Speech Language Pathologists and New York State Licensed Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). 

She resides in Holtsville, NY.

About Pal-O-Mine

Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised.  Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs many of which involve the organization’s herd of therapy horses and livestock. Pal-O-Mine relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, or call: 631-348-1389. 

About Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Founded in 2011, by Tina Rocco M.A. CCC-SLP, HPCS, Speech Language Pathology in Motion has offices in Islandia and Hauppauge, NY.  SLPIM’s mission is to help clients reach their highest potential in the areas of communication and feeding, through innovative speech language pathology services, that are effective, family centered and fun.  In addition, the practice strives to support learning and professional growth for future SLPs through mentoring and internship opportunities. SLPIM specializes in movement and play based therapy and incorporates a variety of treatment tools including animal assisted therapy, DIRFloortime, hippotherapy, PROMPT, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and more.  SLPIM is the only American Hippotherapy Association Facility Member on Long Island.  To learn more, visit or call (631) 479-3393.

About the American Hippotherapy Association

The American Hippotherapy Association is a 501 C 3 Non-profit organization, which provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment. AHA’s mission is Improve lives by advancing education, best practices and resources for licensed healthcare professionals who incorporate horses in therapy.  The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes. Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals integrate hippotherapy into the patient’s plan of care, along with other therapy tools and/or strategies. To learn more, visit

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