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.
Our Classroom Expectations:
Amanda Leung, MA/CCC-SLPSpeech-Language Pathologistleunga@issaquah.wednet.edu
I am currently on maternity leave through January, 2021. Adrienne Parker will be the SLP filling my absence.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do a Feelings "Check-In" This Week!It is no secret that this is a crazy time for all of us. Make it a point to check in with your kids and their feelings at some point each day. This visual support may help.
Tips for Working With Your Child During the School ClosureIf you are anything like me, you are feeling a lot of pressure to "home-school" and keep on top of academics for your child during this unexpected break from school. When it comes to their speech and language goals, here are a few tips to keep the work low-stress, fun, and easy to fit into your ever-changing routine:
Communication Tips for the Using Distance Technology (Like FaceTime or Skype) to CommunicateDuring the school closure, the CDC has recommended limiting face-to-face social contact to reduce the spread of the virus. This lack of social interaction can feel isolating, especially to our children who are used to practicing their social skills daily at school. Distance technology can help during this time. Here are a list of ideas to improve video calls with friends during this social distancing period.
Websites and Resources to Support Student Learning
Resources for Articulation:
ASHA Articulation Impairment WebsiteMommy Speech Therapy Sound WorksheetsTypical Sound Development Chart
Resources for Stuttering and Fluency:
How to Help Your Child During the ClosureNational Stuttering OrganizationASHA Stuttering InformationThe Stuttering FoundationStuttering Podcast
Resources for Autism and Social Language:Social Story CreatorSocial Thinking Website
Resources for Language:Spring Following Directions ActivityPictures to Help Elicit LanguageIdeas of Things to do at Home
Resources for Apraxia and Dysarthria:
ASHA Childhood Apraxia of Speech Website
Resources for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Supports for Learning at Home
Resources for Special Education:
Issaquah School District Special Services SiteIssaquah Special Services Connect Site
For students currently receiving Special Education services:
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.
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 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.