Hi! I love creating fun and effective speech therapy activities that will help you manage those crazy caseloads with less planning time! I’m a huge fan of materials that address multiple goals at once making your mixed groups easier and addressing the needs of your diverse learners. I'm an ASHA certified, school-based speech-language pathologist. I've loved working with children for 21 years now, serving preschool through 4th grade, heavy on the preschoolers!. l also stay busy providing therapy part-time to adults in hospital and outpatient rehabilitation settings.
I believe in multi-sensory teaching techniques and the use of relatable, curriculum-based themes, and activities to make learning memorable and lasting. My focus with young students is on using children’s literature, rhymes, and themes to develop awesome language, literacy, and articulation skills. I love hands-on, naturalistic, interactive activities. We sing, we dance, engage in crafts and sensory activities, explore wonderful books, and learn about the world as we develop our speech and language skills!
Honors of the UNT Speech and Language Department, ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, Teacher of the Year, Innovative Teaching Educational Grant Recipient. My therapy activities and blog posts have been featured in the ASHA Leader. I've been honored to be a speaker at the TSHA conference and present professional training to SLP's and teachers on speech and language topics. My blog has been selected as one of the top 100 websites for SLP's.
BA in Psychology and MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas. I've completed advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Dr. Edythe Strand and completed the TEACHH Hand in Hand Program. (And I totally nerd out when given the opportunity to take a great workshop!)
I come from a long line of teachers, and I love following the family tradition of supporting education by providing speech therapy. I especially love our 2-hour, twice-weekly large group speech therapy pre-school program, designed to provide intensive intervention to young children with speech and language disorders, with an emphasis on early literacy skills. We have circle time, centers, art activities, table activities, and 1:1 individual instruction. Many of my materials are appropriate for both small group or classroom settings like my pre-k group. I use these materials in my own therapy room and hope that you will enjoy them in yours! Visit my blog for exclusive freebies and what's happening in my speech room! Speech Sprouts Blog, Speech Sprouts on Pinterest, Speech Sprouts on Facebook, Instagram: @speechsprouts
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