Our school serves students and their families by providing in-home services and resources to support families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
My students are curious, creative infants and toddlers with speech-language disorders, developmental disabilities, or other health impairments.They come from all different backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses.
As a speech therapy special education service coordinator, I provide functional therapy in the homes and communities of my students. My students are excited to learn and explore alongside their parents during home visits. The infants/toddlers that I serve have difficulty communicating their wants and needs due to speech, language, and/or sensory needs. My team and I work with families to provide support and educate families about speech-language facilitation and positive behavior intervention. One of my goals is to provide my students a way to successfully communicate early on so that they don’t feel limited by their communication difficulties.
The parents and caregivers that I work with are engaged, invested, and eager to support the communication needs of their children. Our school strives to support students with developmental delays and strives to support their families.
I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist who has been helping children ages birth to three for 5 years. Many of my families do not have the personal resources to buy books and age-appropriate toys. Other families want help identifying which materials are most appropriate for encouraging language development and interaction. With increasing pressure to have high-tech toys, personal tablets, and toys that make sounds and light up, students are bypassing language learning tools that we took for granted growing up - tools that make a huge impact by allowing children to engage, pay attention, play, and communicate! I want to help parents get back to the roots of play - where the focus is on parent child interaction and social communication.
Here is how you can help.I want to create a lending library that young learners and their families can use outside of our speech therapy home visits to support communication development.
The most progress occurs when parents have the knowledge and the resources to work on communication and literacy with their own child. My students are motivated by fun, colorful board books and touch-and-feel pictures related to everyday routines. In the past, I’ve used books like “Moo, Baa, La, La, La” during speech therapy to help spark an interest in reading and back-and-forth play at an early age. The toddlers that I work with are more likely to imitate gestures and words when they are motivated and having fun. Age-appropriate and motivating materials also help improve joint attention skills, eye contact, pointing, and early literacy skills. All of these skills support the development of communication skills in young learners and empower their parents to spend face-to-face time engaging in these communication activities with their child on a daily basis!
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