I have always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals. I earned my B.A. in Speech Pathology and minor in psychology while attending Geneva College. I completed graduate level classes at Clarion University in the area of Job Coaching and school to work transition. After completing my degree I joined AmeriCorps, a national service program, and volunteered as a job coach at a local high school. After two years of volunteering I was employed by a local agency as a Speech Pathology Assistant. I remained with this company for eight years working in the areas of early intervention, preschool and grade school children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working in both preschool and school settings. I was also employed as a Therapeutic Staff Support and have knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis. My experience includes facilitating expressive and receptive language skills through various approaches that focus on individual needs of the child. Some of the skill areas that I have worked on with a child have included the remediation of articulation errors, teaching oral motor skills, stuttering, vocabulary, grammar, concepts, following directions, asking and answering questions, comprehension, auditory processing, cognitive abilities, developmental delays including fine and gross motor skills, social skills, pragmatics, and life skills. I have been involved in writing the goals and objectives for children with I.E.P.'s in the area of speech and language skills as well as providing direct therapy to individuals. The types of special need individuals I have worked with include Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Special Education, Apraxia, ADHD, hearing impairment, and individuals on the Autism Spectrum, including Asperger's and PDD-NOS. I have acquired numerous teaching materials throughout my employment history and would be able to incorporate these tool into tutoring sessions if applicable. I always try to make learning enjoyable by providing a relaxed atmosphere that will reduce frustration levels when difficult tasks are encountered. Being able to actively engage a child in the remediation of skills that are difficult is key to successful learning. I am confident I am able to create a productive learning environment that will help your child increase their skill level and reduce frustration in the subject area that is focused on.
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