Dana and Sheila are licensed speech-language pathologists and co-founders of Language Pathways, Inc. They have served children from pre-K through college in a variety of setting from public and private school settings as well as, hospital/clinical settings. They developed collaborative intervention models that focus on curriculum-based language intervention and organizational strategies for classroom success. While supporting students through this therapy model, they developed visual organizers that have proven to be beneficial tools for use with typically developing students as well as students with identified language/ learning needs. Their love of language and over 30 years of experience working with children inspired them to create tools that provide visual frameworks to enhance language learning. Their publications include: "Pathways for Learning", "Pathways for Grammar and Writing", "Pathways for Learning II", "Pathways for Social Reasoning and Problem Solving". Dana and Sheila both practice privately in the St. Louis.
The use of organizational language strategies can improve student comprehension and oral/written expression. Strategies for organizing information improve learning by heightening student’s awareness to the connections between concepts and predictable language patterns that occur across curriculum. Visual organizers, when used to complement the learning process, provide a visual scaffold that allows students to ‘see”, in a visually explicit format, the concepts being learned while providing a hierarchical framework for reflection and critical thinking. With repetitive use of visually similar organizers, students can begin to better recognize the predictable patterns often encountered within the language of the classroom and establish “internal mental models” that provide an organizational framework for building language skills and improving comprehension and expression. The visual permanency provided by the completed organizers offers a means of extensive reflections and guidance, reducing auditory processing and working memory demands of verbal instruction, as well as an effective tool for summarizing content verbally and in writing. With ongoing use of familiar organizers, students utilize a predictable and organized approach to learning concepts and recalling information; a helpful strategy when learning new vocabulary/concepts and dealing with the discourse demands of literature, expository text, note-taking, and study skills. Visual organizers can be used effectively in one-on-one, small group, and classroom settings.
United States Distinguished Service Registry for Language and Hearing “ACE Award” American Speech Language Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education, 2014, 2012, 2010 (70 hours CEU in 36 month period) United States Congressional Small Business Advisory Committee Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals “Class Act” Award Recipient – January 1992 ABC News: St. Louis National Collegiate Speech and Hearing Pathology Award
Dana Gooden-Schroeder, M.A., CCC-SLP Truman State University (Formally Northeast Missouri State University) M.A. in Communication Disorders – August 1988 B.S. in Communication Disorders – May 1987 Sheila Hansen, M.A., CCC-SLP Truman State University (Formally Northeast Missouri State University) M.A. in Communication Disorders – May 1983 University of Iowa B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology – May 1981
Dana and Sheila have presented at local, state, and national conferences in the areas of speech-language development of the infant through school-aged child, collaborative intervention models, curriculum-based language intervention, and organizational language strategies for classroom success, social communication and executive functions. American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC): (ASHA) State of Missouri License in Speech Language Pathology State of California License in Speech Language Pathology Missouri Teaching Certification K –12 Missouri Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA) President Elect/Treasurer 2003-2004 Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)