I work as a speech language pathologist and assistive technology specialist in our district and I travel to different schools assisting students, classroom teachers and speech therapists that have special needs. I support classrooms with communication alternatives and classroom lessons for nonverbal students using adapted equipment such as augmentative communication devices, picture wallets and visuals. I try to incorporate realistic pictures of objects, people and events for students to express their needs or experiences with others, especially parents. I also provide trainings to teachers and therapists on the usage of assistive technology and augmentative communication in our district.
I need digital cameras with memory sticks and battery packs to train the teachers, students and parents to create meaningful picture displays that can be used by the nonverbal students over multiple environments. I could use a minimum of 5 cameras but, more would be very helpful, if possible. I'd like to use this technology with some of our regular education peers for assistance in creating these communication displays.
I'm married and a mother/stepmom of four grown children with three adorable grandchildren.
College and Degrees:
Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly known as University of Southwestern Louisiana)and I also obtained my Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
I love nature, gardening and traveling.
I'm presently working full time as an augmentative communication/assistivetechnology specialist in Lafayette Parish Public Schools in Lafayette, Louisiana. I worked in various positions over the past 21 years primarily as an itinerant speech language pathologist with children ages 3 to 22 years of age. I also taught a preschool visually impaired class for one year and I worked as an adjunct supervisor at a local university's speech and hearing center for seven years.
Why Do I Teach?:
I teach because I love helping others and learning from them.