Hi! My name is Meredith Taylor, and I have been practicing Speech Language Pathology for the last 15 years -- and have been blessed to work and learn from other professionals in my field within a variety of settings and experiences: Early Intervention, Public Schools, Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation, District Speech Team Leader, and Private Practice. I am a newbie when it comes to TPT -- just learning the ropes and trying to teach myself bit by bit. Thank you for checking out my products. I am excited to be on this journey!
My passion is Speech Therapy with Preschoolers! Keeping activities FUN and ENGAGING in short, frequent sessions is paramount, as well as educating the teachers, paraprofessionals and parents involved in the child's life. I feel strongly that the TYPE of 'speech disorder' be diagnosed as soon as possible, once enough assessment information is gathered. It is imperative that the course of treatment be differentiated when presenting the necessary targets to a child with APRAXIA versus a child with a PHONOLOGICAL PROCESS DISORDER vs the child with an ARTICULATION DISORDER, in order to see fast progress.
In the preschool setting, I have had a near 100% success rate in moving preschoolers on my caseload from a diagnosis of apraxia to dismissal from direct services (ie: consult) in ONE calendar year. Students typically have required two weekly sessions for the first 4-6 months, reducing to a weekly session by 6 months, with IEPs changed to consult at the annual conference review. One on one treatment sessions, parent education in home programming, a strong background in HOW to treat apraxia, along with fun but intensive drills are the absolute hallmarks of effective speech therapy to overcome apraxia! YOU CAN LEARN, TOO!
Master's of Speech Language Pathology from The Ohio State University
Currently, I am a Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools, specializing in the preschool population. I have enjoyed making my own materials for years: adapting books, saving and re-using my daughters' outgrown toys for my caseload of classroom-based and itinerant students. My passion is APRAXIA--I learned first-hand, from Nancy Kaufman, the SLP who is the guru in our field for this disorder. I have spent hours pouring over Boardmaker tutorials to learn how to use the software program for the benefit of my students, which has now helped me learn to navigate Power Point for the new materials that I have created for TPT. I am so excited to be on this journey -- a career that is the perfect fit for me!