Current Schedule:

Creekside Elementary: Wednesday & Thursday 425-837-5248

                                                               

About Me

                                                               

I am so excited to be back for my seventh year as Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Creekside Elementary!  I was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, then spent the beginning of my career teaching near Rochester, Minnesota.  This is my seventh year with the Issaquah School District serving students in kindergarten through 5th grade.  I live in Sammamish, WA with my husband, Gene, daughters, Avery and Stephanie, and our adorable goldendoodle named Brody.

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals who are responsible for evaluating and treating children with challenges in speech and language. 

Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning.  Learning takes place through the process of communication and the ability to communicate with peers and adults in the educational setting is important in order to achieve success. Some children who are experiencing problems with reading, writing, gesturing, listening, or speaking at school, may have a speech-language disorder.  Some examples of these disorders include:

  • Speech sound disorders- difficulty pronouncing sounds (articulation)
  • Language disorders- difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words
  • Cognitive-communication disorders- difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination
  • Stuttering (fluency) disorders- interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words (i.e. stuttering)
  • Voice disorders- quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or too soft)

Speech Language Pathologists are required to have a Master’s Degree and an Educational Staff Associate state certificate.  Most of the Speech-Language Pathologists in the Issaquah School District are also members of our professional organization, the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  Membership in ASHA requires an additional year of supervised clinical practice beyond the master’s degree.  Many of the Speech and Language Pathologists in the Issaquah School District also have state licensure through the Department of Health. To maintain our credentials SLPs take continuing education classes.

Holiday Tips

November/December Update:

Communication Tips for the Holidays!  If you or your child have some nerves about group situations due to communication challenges, consider the following tips to help the holidays go as smoothly as possible!

  • Discuss the upcoming party, holiday or activity with your child first.

  • Plan the steps to use to get to the party, stay at the party and how to become comfortable at the party.

  • Visit the party place or activity before the actual day if you can to become familiar with it.

  • Share information about your child with people who will be present before the actual day to help everyone understand better who your child is.

  • Decide on the steps and goals you want to work on before the party and activity, and a reward will make for a great plan.

  • Show up a little early on the day of the party or other activity can help your child get comfortable before everyone else is there. If you are hosting, maybe encourage guests to arrive gradually rather than all at once.

  • During the party, look for small ways your child can work on their skills. Can someone (perhaps a well known friend) can ask a question that they can answer ( “are you going to eat cake or cookies?”)

  • Praise your child for any behaviors that approach engaging (e.g. “great job going and sitting with your friends”, or “I love how you played on the trampoline”).
Calendar

 

The following are important dates to know for the 2019-2020 school year:

First Day of School: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vision and Hearing Screening: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

School Holidays:

  • Sept 4: First Day of School
  • Oct 14: Teacher Work Day 
  • Nov 11: Veterans Day 
  • Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving holiday
  • Dec 4&5: Elementary conferences
  • Dec 23-Jan 5: First Winter Break
  • Jan 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Jan. 27: Teacher Work Day 
  • Feb 17‐21: President's Day/Second Winter Break
  • Apr 13-17: Spring Break
  • May 25: Memorial Day 
  • June 18: Last Day of School

ISD SLP Meetings: I will be unavailable after 1:30pm on the following Wednesday afternoons: September 11; October 9; November 13; January 15; February 12; March 18; April 22; May 20                        

 

 

For students currently receiving Special Education services:

  • Progress reports come home with report cards three times per year for elementary and middle school.
  • If you would like to discuss your student's progress or program at another time, please contact me and we can set up an appointment!

For students not currently receiving Special Education services: Regardless of special education status, I am still available for consultation.  There are several ways to do this --the most efficient way would be approaching your student's teacher with your concerns.