I worked as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant in an elementary school, for over 5 years, which gave me the opportunity to come up with creative therapy materials in order to engage students with speech, language and communication disorders grades kindergarten through fifth grade. I used all of my materials regularly, and hope that others will see the value in these straightforward, kid friendly, fun, interactive, engaging, and educational speech therapy materials. Working in an elementary school is fast paced and you have to be super flexible and able to think quickly on your toes! I am in need of new and exciting ways to teach speech on a daily basis. Supplies which are easy to reproduce and easily accessible are must! I found myself constantly searching for materials specific to each child's needs, but didn't have anything that was quite right. One day, I was attempting to teach a very squirmy boy how to say S's in words with s-blends, like, /sp/aghetti, /sm/ile and /Sp/ongeBob (I'm sure many can relate to trying to keep a kindergartner to sit in a chair and pay attention for any length of time, let alone a full half hour!) :) At that moment, I recalled often spending time with my grandmother, Babi, as a little girl. Babi would draw these little forest animals for me. Quick sketches...scribbles, really. They were so cute and simple, yet very engaging! I remember the feeling of being completely calm and focused. So, I scribbled a /sp/oon for the jiggly boy. And the boy said "ssspoon," then he colored the spoon. Then, I drew a slide, and the boy said, "ssslide," then he colored the slide. That was it...he was sitting in his chair, listening to me, waiting for the next word, repeating the word and actually producing the correct sound! He was hooked! And that was the beginning of my journey in drawing articulation therapy materials! Since then, I have made many other materials for speech and even for a few co-workers. I'm no Picasso-ette, but hey, simple scribbles work :) Yay! Thank you, Babi!
Whatever it takes, Flexibility, Drawing, Communicating, Acting like a kid at the right time, Relating to the kids, Having fun, Setting clear boundaries, Giving chances, Smiling when you're happy, Explaining how certain behaviors could make people feel, Teaching and taking perspective, BOARD GAMES are the best resource because they give great opportunity to teach communication, turn-taking, sharing, good sportsmanship, friendship, coping skills for losing, perspective, empathy, compassion, dealing with various and quickly changing emotions, language, numbers, shapes, math, volume and voice control, self-esteem! Those are just the benefits off the top of my head!
Honor Roll, Dean's List and Presidents List at College and University
Throughout my life, I have taken many random courses in Art, Language, Storytelling and Child Development. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders, from and amazing team of professors at California State University Long Beach, and hold a California Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License. I owe all of my practical education to a group of amazing women, between two campuses in the school district. First, Irene Hennssey. She is an amazing Speech Therapist, who gives much of her free time to Cancer Patients in the Cancer Society, works with veterans, and was herself a professor at the very school from which I graduated. Also to Anne Lang whom I had a first real conversation with on the Shuttle from class to the parking lot. She ended up being an amazing and independent, and on the fast track to becoming the amazing Speech Pathologist she is! On top of it she teaches at the University where we had once met. She was part of the first team I ever worked with, along with Kristy Parr, from whom I learned the importance of games and turn taking. Ahn Mai, who is very intelligent and focused, Carrie, who was a pretty new mom. Each one of them worked other campuses at the same time! Then I worked with Ruth Ketchersid, who was the sweetest, prettiest, woman ever :) I wonder how she's doing... We were all trying to keep the Speech department afloat until the district hired a new, full time Speech and Language Pathologist. Then came the every cool and kick back, Laura Janovick, recently nay nee Roberts, and now a new mommy, too! Yay for Speech Baby! <3 I learned that it's possible to be effective at this job without stressing over it too much. And she also likes tea and always eats and apple. She eats delicious looking homemade sandwiches for lunch. Recently, I have been working with the fabulous Sharon Dolphin, who is the super-sweet super woman in the flesh! Always making fancy, healthy meals, with adorable and amazing kiddos, who talks as much as me and is also into all the health food stuff I always talk about and has great heals! I've learned to be flexible and deal well with my time, materials, lesson, assemblies, schedule changes, the kids moods, tech stuff, lack of resources, asbestos scare, kids moving schools, my own son changing schools due to asbestos, their moods, my moods, everybody else's moods and with all sorts of changes in SLP's, I think I have a widespread understanding about how to do therapy in an fun, relaxed, yet rigorous and effective way! I get an idea spur of the moment or when something is in need, but we don't have the right materials. I draw it out and then am eager to share it so other can use these materials. We all need a vacation asap...and a raise. 'll spell check later, time to post. :)
Engaging Hand Drawn Games and Therapy Materials I recently moved to Michigan after living in Southern California for most of my life. My passions are drawing, photography, fulfilling creative ideas and using art to educate and help children. Currently, I am in the (not sure how many years, now) process of writing, illustrating and publishing an educational children's alphabet picture book. Each letter of the alphabet is brought to life with unique and colorful illustrations and artful alliteration. Many of my images can be made into various items on cafe press, such as mugs, smartphone cases, mouse pads, shirts, bags and much more! My fondest childhood memories are of summers in Poland. Weeks of warm freshly picked strawberry and blueberry stained chins and elbows. Orange days spent lazily dragging my fingers across the mercury mirrored lakes. Watching the sun playfully sparkle on the glistening water reflecting off my black eyelashes. Singing szanty with my pirate peers. Twenty teens and zero parents for 3 glorious weeks, with just backpacks an tents. Free to roam all around the country! Climbing and exploring castle ruins. Swimming through thick oceans of golden rye fields, speckled with bright red poppy surprises. Getting chased by swans. Hitchhiking. During this time, and thanks to my great aunt Zofia Moes (or Ciocia Zula, who is one of 9 of Nalinne's grandmother's siblings) I was fortunate enough to participate in five pilgrimages walking across Poland. Three of the pilgrimages where for people with disabilities who bravely traveled by foot or wheelchair through beautiful, history filled cities, quaint towns and vast countryside, while singing, rain or shine, all the way to the Jasna Gora Monestary in Czestochowa. Arm in arm for days with nothing but their fanny packs while on their own personal spiritual journeys. Once there, with thousands of other pilgrims from around the word, they fall to the ground in the shape of the cross. Some even say they have been healed. My mission is to continue writing and illustrating children's books and creating amazing therapy materials for children with autism and other disabilities. In the future, I hope to create an organization which will meld art and therapy into one.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Astronomy, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Problem Solving, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Summer, Occupational Therapy, Early Intervention, Phonics