Phone: 214-3600 x65703
Degrees and Certifications:
Masters Degree in Communication Disorders M.A., CCC-SLP
Hi everyone and welcome to my page. If you have found this page, I am probably your child's speech and language pathologist. First, let me tell you a little about myself, I have been working with Columbia Public Schools as an early childhood speech therapist since January 2008. I graduated with a Masters degree in communication disorders from Truman State University in December of 2007. While there I completed my black belt training in Tae Kwon Do and was a fullback on the Bullets Rugby Team. My family is very important to me, I have a wonderful husband and two awesome daughters. In addition, we enjoy the company of a dog (Pebbles), a tortoise (Gus), and a bunch of goldfish, which my daughter affectionately calls "Outside fish".
I want to dedicate this site to accumulating helpful resources for the families of my students. I believe families have the most influence on whether or not a child makes progress in the area of speech and language. Talking and reading to your child are extremely important to helping make meaningful change. In order to keep these resources available to you all of the time (and be environmentally conscientious when it comes to printing) I have uploaded many of my handouts and activities to this website. Here you will find handouts and information to help you extend and expand your child's speech and language. Check back, because as I create or find new resources I will upload them here! Please click on the links below to find homework sheets, activities, and tips.
Handouts From my Personal Files:
Basic Vocabulary - Here is a list of commonly targeted vocabulary in the ECSE classrooms. This list consists of common school and household nouns which your child may hear during activities and book reading within the classroom.
Speech Cues - In my therapy, I often use speech cues to help a child with placement of their lips, tongue, and jaw. These are the verbal cues and hand signals I use.
Body Safety Activities - Body safety and "Stranger Danger" awareness are very important to the safety of every child. This is especially important to young children or children with special needs as they may not be able to advocate for themselves. Teaching body safety early and often is important. This handout will provide you with ideas on how to teach body awareness in multiple contexts.
Extend a Story Ideas - This is a group of activity ideas which correspond to popular children's books. Extension activities help solidify vocabulary, by increasing the frequency of use, increasing the depth and color of the vocabulary, and placing the vocabulary in multiple contexts to help with generalization of knowledge. Story extension activities are also great ways to increase your child's interest in reading and story telling.
Bath/Shower Visual - Use this visual to help increase independence in the bath or shower.
Talking Device Tips - Your child has been using a communication device at school. It’s working, and you are ready to begin using the device at home to help your child communicate with you. But where to begin . . . Here are some quick tips and resources to help you get started.
Need ideas about teaching an augmentative communication device to your child? This blog is FULL of them: http://www.praacticalaac.org
Here's a great website with printable articulation worksheets, reviews of apps, and language activities. http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/
Are you looking for activities to do with your child throughout the year that focus on science? Here is a website with hundreds of science experiments being preformed by actual scientists across the country. They need ordinary families to help collect data. This is as simple as photographing the bugs in the park or counting the roadkill on the commute to work. These activities open up conversations about science, critical thinking, environment, helping, and being part of a bigger community of people. It's also a great way to tap into what really interests your child! https://scistarter.com/index.html