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This is a set of 180 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and l...
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This is an brief version of the original paper-based intervention activity that sparked the iPad App: QuestionIt. After years of parents telling...
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This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments for students with different l...
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This activity can be used with students who need to identify items by location, by function, by association. 5 rooms are provided: living room, d...
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Here are 6 therapist written books - NOW INTERACTIVE- illustrating how to use 6 of the 25 early core words. Each book tells about 1 of the words...
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An Adapted U.S. Geography Book, Autism, Special Education 25 pg. book adapted for students who need to use visual cues and/or picture based comm...
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This packet contains materials for use with the Eric Carle book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students ...
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This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and 30 symbols, and a generic...
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Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Whether...
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This is a fun game-like activity for practicing giving and following directions. Students assemble sandwiches with the ingredients provided, pla...
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There are several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for students with significant lan...
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Here are task cards for role playing interview questions, cards for knowing what to do and what not to do, and a list of appropriate accommodatio...
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This activity will help students build receptive language and auditory processing skills. In Describe it to Me; Listening to Directions students ...
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Teach core vocabulary use to AAC users with 4 more therapist written books illustrating more of the early core vocabulary words. They are all now...
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For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this is a collection of visuals that present more than 50 opportunitie...
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing receptive and expressive language skills. There are 2 differe...
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Life skills are those skills needed for independent living, and include a variety of daily living, job, and community living skills. This activit...
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This contains a mini science u...
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This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann McGovern. The materials can, howev...
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In this pack, please find 13 communication boards for your aac users. These are activity-based boards, using core and some fringe vocabulary. T...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for >35 years, before which I taught kids with autism. I have been in the classroom, therapy room, and worked as an administrator. I have worked in public and nonpublic schools. I currently specialize in alternative-augmentative communication for nonverbal students and in training staff to implement aac in their classrooms. I teach workshops locally and nationally on augmentative communication and on teaching literacy skills to students with complex communication needs, and have written CEU on-line courses for SLPs about AAC. I have published research articles in peer reviewed journals, and spent considerable time working on translating research into practice.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Working with students with significant special needs has taught me to do whatever works - which can be different for every student in the group. While I have a strong background in applied behavior analysis from working with kids with autism, I utilize a wide variety of strategies and styles! I want toothache teachers and SLPs to consider all options for teaching students with Complex Communication Needs because we need to presume competence for ALL kids. I feel strongly that if a child doesn't learn HE has not failed. WE have.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 12 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, M. Ed. in School Administration, and extensive graduate level classes in Special Education (enough for a whole other Master's degree - but why?).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have 2 (grown) children, 1 husband, and 2 cats. I spend as much spare time as I can in my art studio, creating unique jewelry and mixed media assemblage art dolls, or just stealing time for a quick sketch.