I have been a Speech/Language Pathologist since August 1999. For 10 years, I was an SLP in a public school setting (primarily K-6). I held a typical caseload (articulation, fluency, voice, language) working with 50-65 students addressing a variety of speech and language educational needs. While teaching during that time, I realized my passion for teaching social communication. I moved to another school district to pursue a position which combined Speech Pathology with working with students educationally identified on the Autism Spectrum. For the past 8 years, I have worked to develop the program I currently work in. I case manage K-2 grade students educationally identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as teach social groups to students with social communication goals and objectives. I have held various leadership positions on the staffs I've been a part of. I strive to be a voice for special education, and feel it's important to be an approachable and trusted resource to staff and parents.
I am a creative person who likes to personalize materials so that my students relate to what they are working on. I feel it's important to recognize the student's perspective in order to understand how to motivate and teach him/her best. As I watch and learn from those I teach, I know that behavior (in any form) is communication. I enjoy figuring out how to support my student's communication needs. I enjoy working with students, families, & staff to develop strategies and skills in the areas of social communication (greetings, conversation, emotion awareness, social problem solving), and speech/language development.
Recognized at the district level for ongoing licensure in the field of Autism Spectrum. Facilitator at the MN Autism Conference held in St. Joseph, MN Self published Scenery For Your Spirit, an inspirational handbook that combines the elements of inspiration and motivation with artistic collaging to share a meaningful message.
I received my undergraduate degree from University Wisconsin-River Falls in 1997 and my Masters from University Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1999. I am nationally certified as a Speech Language Pathologist, and hold a state teaching license in Minnesota. I received my Autism Certificate through Hamline University in July 2012, and received my Special Education Teacher: Autism Spectrum Disorders Licensure at St. Thomas University.
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Specialty, Special Education, Life Skills, School Counseling, Character Education, Problem Solving, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Speech Therapy, Winter, The New Year, School Psychology