Florida State University (Speech Pathology)
Vanderbilt University (Master's)
I am a retired Speech and Language Pathologist. I have over 30 years' experience working with a wide range of students with various handicaps and learning difficulties. I have worked closely with the Resource Teachers to follow the correct curriculum for the student receiving Speech Therapy to improve Auditory Comprehension, Expressive Language Difficulties (both oral and written), Story telling experience in recall and the ability to retell the story in the correct sequence with as many details included as possible, Writing a story with emphasis on sentence structure, grammar, spelling, correct verb tense, basic construction of introduction, body, and conclusion of story and any other difficulties specific to the student as determined by the IEP procedures and goals. I have experience being the only teacher of a group of language impaired students with a full time Aide. Each student was taught his curriculum as determined by his age and grade, as each child was at a different grade level. In this particular setting I wrote a grant to include Occupational Therapy to include sensory input, temporal spatial concepts, foreground/background, following directions, and other skills required to utilize the equipment purchased for the program. Additionally, I included the Zaner-Bloser method for teaching cursive writing which was a great success as each student mastered the skill, and was able to write complete stories in cursive.
I have an MS Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University, and a BS Degree from Florida State University with a major in Speech and Language Pathology and a minor in Elementary Education K-8 grades. I have tutored middle and high school students using their textbooks to teach them to recognize the main idea of each paragraph, and other pertinent information by using graphic organizers emphasizing who, what, when, where, about what, and outcome. Generally, these students also required help with phonics for sounding out words to enable them to understand the written text. For younger (early elementary) I taught reading utilizing a phonetic system beginning with letter to sound recognition, combining vowel+consonant, and consonant+vowel+consonant. When these skills were mastered the reading books for their grade level was obtained and great effort was made to stay at the same level as the class. Many of my clients who were also in Resource Classes, required mnemonic teaching to comprehend figurative language and idioms. When they had mastered the meaning, they were asked to write a short paragraph using the idiom being taught in a meaningful way indicating they understood the concept. The students with Asperger's Syndrome responded well to learning a concept and role playing it while being filmed. When they watched the film they were able to see themselves acting differently than was required, and were able to correct their mistakes. Parents were involved for carry-over at home. I am a retired Speech and Language Pathologist. I have over 30 years' experience working with a wide range of students with various handicaps and learning difficulties. I have worked closely with the Resource Teachers to follow the correct curriculum for the student receiving Speech Therapy to improve Auditory Comprehension, Expressive Language
I have a MS Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University, and a BS Degree from Florida State University with a major in Speech and Language Pathology and a minor in Elementary Education K-8 grades. I have over 35 years of experience working with individuals with all speech and language disorders in the public schools, Speech and Hearing Centers, SNF Units in Rehabilitation Centers, and other Rehab. experience such as out-pt. Additionally, I am certified to teach reduction in Foreign Accents in English Speaking foreigners, so that their speech is more intelligible in America.
Many of my classes focused on public speaking, projecting one's voice, proper breathing techniques, locating one's natural pitch, adding interest by increasing inflection. organization of speech: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Correct posture is also emphasized, as well as eye-contact to one's audience.