I am a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist practicing in the field for five years now. Past experiences include: working with Early On to provide intervention to children (ages birth-3) and their families; and providing speech-language intervention to students K-5 within the public school setting. Currently, I am servicing two categorical programs, including our Cognitively Impaired classrooms and ASD classrooms.
My teaching style is very hands-on, including a lot of manipulatives and visual aids to enhance student learning and engagement. When working with students who have an array of academic, motor, social, language, cognitive, and behavioral needs, I find myself wearing many hats (as well as collaborating with many other professionals). I have learned to assess and treat the child as a whole, not just through the eyes of his/her communication deficits. Often I am on the lookout for therapy activities that are not only visually engaging, but functional to the student's everyday needs/routines. It's no secret that Michigan's public education funding has seen better days. Therefore, I'm often on the search to find free or inexpensive therapy materials that won't break my personal piggy bank. With that being said, it's been particularly challenging to find purposeful and captivating lessons for my students that also target their individual communication needs. If I cannot find what I'm looking for, I often create it.
I obtained both my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders while attending Central Michigan University. Fire up Chips!
In my free hours, I enjoy spending quality time with family, friends, and my two "fur children." I have a giant, yet incredibly sensitive English Mastiff named Blue and a spunky, spirited rescue mutt named Maize. Can you tell which college football team we root for?