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Welcome and About Me
Hi, I'm Kristen Morita, the speech-language pathologist serving Endeavour Elementary School. On this page you can find helpful speech and language tips for home, general information about speech-language pathologists, ways to get in contact with me, and more!
A little about me: I am originally from California, and I received my master's degree from San Diego State University. I have a strong background in working with children who speak multiple languages, speech disorders (e.g. articulation disorders, dysarthria), and in implementing treatment through play and natural contexts. This is my first year serving Endeavour Elementary! I am excited to get to know you all!
Hi Parents! During our school closure I will be posting weekly resources to help support speech and language learning at home. Of course, each child has unique needs, so please feel free to email me with specific questions about how to support your child's speech and language development during this time.
Getting Started: If you have concerns about your child's speech and language development you can start by discussing your concerns with your child's teacher. Regardless of special education status, I am still available to answer your questions by email or phone.
Guidance Team and Teacher Support Team (TST): Students are brought to the school TST when a teacher or a parent has a concern about a student. Concerns can be in the areas of academics, behavior, social development, motor skill development, and/or communication. Team members generally include parents/guardians, teachers, and other school staff such as the principal, special education teacher, school psychologist, speech/language pathologist, and school counselor. If needed, the school nurse and/or occupational therapist also attend. The purpose of the TST meeting is to brainstorm ways to support the student. The Guidance Team gathers when the decision of initiating a special education evaluation is an option for the student.
Evaluation Group: Members of the Evaluation Group work with students who are enrolled in Special Education. In addition, students who have been brought to Guidance Team may be referred to the Evaluation Group to consider testing for possible Special Education eligibility. Team members generally include parents/guardians, and school staff such as the school psychologist, special education teacher, and/or the speech/language pathologist. Other specialists are included as needed.
Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are required to have a Master's Degree and an Educational Staff Associate (ESA) state certificate. Most of the SLPs in the ISD also hold their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from their national professional organization, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Certification through ASHA requires an additional year of supervised clinical practice beyond the Master's degree. Many SLPs in the ISD also have state licensure through the Department of Health. To maintain credentials, SLPs routinely take continuing education classes.