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Sara L.

Williamsburg, VA

$65/hour

Speech-Language Pathologist

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College of William and Mary
History and Art Hist
College of William and Mary
MBA
James Madison University
Master's

Education

College of William and Mary (History and Art Hist)

College of William and Mary (MBA)

James Madison University (Master's)

About Sara

Communications skills are essential for success in school and in life. I know this from my long career in business communications and have learned more about the particulars of communication during recent education and work as a speech-language pathologist. I earned BA and MBA degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1977 and 1984. My business career involved a lot of written and verbal communication with a variety of audiences to inform and promote ideas, products, and services. More recently, personal experiences led me to earn a MS degree in speech-language pathology from James Madison University in 2013. I wanted to understand more about the science of communication in order to help others with cognitive communication difficulties.

Now, as a speech therapist and tutor, I am passionate about working with kids and their parents as they progress from listening to thinking to speaking, and finally to reading and writing. I have worked in Williamsburg-James City County and Gloucester, Virginia, public schools as a volunteer, a student intern, and a speech teacher. I have helped children learn to hear and produce sounds in order to be understood by others, to understand others, and to develop their ability to decode and encode or, in plain English, to read and write. In addition, I've worked one-on-one and in small groups with children who need extra help with grammar and vocabulary. Sometimes children need extra time processing information because their listening and thinking skills aren't well developed or they may have special needs. I am particularly interested in working with children who may have suffered a traumatic brain injury or have other neurological disorders that result in problems with focus and information processing. I like to work with speech students to develop their attention and memory skills and to compensate for weaknesses. I have passed the Certified Brain Injury Specialists exam and facilitate a brain injury support group, so am highly sensitive to cognitive communication rehabilitation. Teaching children to speak and use language more effectively has been a fulfilling experience. I love to work one-on-one to help kids recognize what a great tool they have in their brain, which directs their mouth, eyes, and hands to speak, read, and write! Our brain is the most amazing organ of their body and, with exercise, it gets better and better to ensure success in school and life.
Communications skills are essential for success in school and in life. I know this from my long career in business communications and have learned more about the particulars of communication during recent education and work as a speech-language pathologist. I earned BA and MBA degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1977 and 1984. My Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Williamsburg, VA 23185
In-person lessons
English:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Language:
Speech
History:
American History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism,
Dyslexia
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

In 2013, I completed a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University. As a student, I took many courses in the science and best practices for habilation/rehabilitation of speech and language disorders and served as an intern working under licensed SLPs in the public schools where children with ADD/ADHD were a part of the student mix. I have one year of work experience as a temporary SLP in the public schools, have served as a substitute speech teacher, and have volunteer experience working with speech and language disorders (agency working with 0-3 year old working with developmental disorders, public schools). In these positions I have worked with children with attention disorders to learn strategies that will help them focus, organize, and plan. Individualized work with a tutor can help a child with attention disorders develop more effective study and social skills in order to achieve success in school and in life!

Aspergers

I earned a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in 2013. As a student, I took many courses in the science and best practices for habilation/rehabilitation of speech and language disorders, including Aspergers syndrome, and served as an intern working under licensed SLPs in the public schools where children with Aspergers were part of the student mix. I have one year of work experience as a temporary SLP in the public schools where I worked with a fourth grader with Aspergers for 3 hours a week during that school year. In my experience serving as a substitute and volunteer speech teacher, I have also had the pleasure of working with children with Aspergers to improve their language and social skills. I am particularly interested in neurology and am a provisionally Certified Brain Injury Specialist; children with Aspergers present a intriguing challenge to individuals like me who are fascinated by how the brain works to help us be successful communicators. I enjoy working with children one-on-one to improve their listening, thinking, speaking, reading, and writing skills in order to achieve success in school and in life!

Autism

I am a 2013 graduate of James Madison University's master of science in speech-language pathology program where I took several courses that addressed communication habilation of children with autism. I learned about the science of autism and studied the latest in best practices for working with autistic children. In addition, I have been involved in clinical practicums, work experience in the schools (substitute speech teacher, temporary speech teacher), and volunteer experience (agency working with 0-3 year olds, public schools) where I gained experience working with children with autism. Importantly, I have a good relationship with a network of speech therapists who I can call upon to ask questions confidentially and our professional organization's website includes many resources for the speech therapist. Finally, I am particularly interested in neurology and am a provisionally Certified Brain Injury Specialist; children with autism present a intriguing challenge to individuals like me who are fascinated by how the brain works to help us be successful communicators.

Dyslexia

I earned a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in 2013. As a student, I took many courses in the science and best practices for habilation/rehabilitation of speech and language disorders and served as an intern working under licensed SLPs in the public schools where children with dyslexia were a part of the student mix. I have one year of work experience as a temporary SLP in the public schools, have served as a substitute speech teacher, and have volunteer experience working with speech and language disorders (agency working with 0-3 year olds, public schools). Dyslexia is a language-learning problem that often reveals itself when the child begins to learn to read, but it is frequently related to spoken language problems as well. I have enjoyed working with children with dyslexia to insure that they can articulate and discriminate sounds in order to "break the code" of the written word and improve their comprehension of spoken and written language in order to achieve success in school and in life!

Speech

I earned a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in 2013. As a student, I took many courses in the science and best practices for habilation/rehabilitation of speech and language disorders and served as an intern working under licensed SLPs in the public schools. I have one year of work experience as a temporary SLP in the public schools, have served as a substitute speech teacher, and have volunteer experience working with speech and language disorders (agency working with 0-3 year olds, public schools). Importantly, I have a good relationship with a network of speech therapists who I can call upon to ask questions in confidence and our professional organization's website includes many resources for the speech therapist. I enjoy working with children one-on-one to improve their listening, thinking, speaking, reading, and writing skills in order to achieve success in school and in life!

College of William and Mary
History and Art Hist
College of William and Mary
MBA
James Madison University
Master's

Education

College of William and Mary (History and Art Hist)

College of William and Mary (MBA)

James Madison University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 15 miles of Williamsburg, VA 23185.