Early Identification Is the First Step to SUCCESS!
Help me give my students the best chance of academic and social success by providing thorough, up-to-date, culturally appropriate assessment materials to identify areas of speech and language challenges.
I am a school-based speech-language pathologist who is proud to work with a dedicated team of educators. Together, we nurture and facilitate learning for 500 students in a culturally and linguistically diverse inner city neighborhood school. Working with children in a high poverty, urban school setting is both very challenging and very rewarding.
Each day it is our privilege and our charge to challenge, engage, and mentor all our students.
We work as a team to share ideas and resources to provide meaningful learning opportunities to help our students build their academic skills, their self-confidence, and their hopes for a successful future.
Research shows that the earlier educators can identify barriers to learning, the more likely children are to receive the supports they need to overcome these barriers. The vast majority of the students in my inner city, low-income, neighborhood school are impacted by influences which impede their ability to develop speech and language skills which are considered typical for children their age.
The key to successful early identification is high quality, well-researched, culturally appropriate assessment materials.
In order to accurately identify students who may be struggling to develop speech and language skills which allow them to access age-level curriculum, I need to use screening and assessment tools, like the Fluharty Preschool Speech and Language Screening Test, Second Edition and the Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language, Second Edition.
These assessment tools are thorough, well-researched, and are sensitive to the barriers growing up in a low socioeconomic environment might bring. Given these high-quality assessment tools, students with speech and language challenges may be identified early and accurately, so that they can receive the supports and intervention services needed to develop critical communication skills.
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