What’s this blog all about?
- Current and relevant techniques to improve communication
- Ideas, worksheets and audio on improving your English skills and pronunciation
- Tips and suggestions on childhood speech & language development, and effective communication for children and adults with autism/aspergers
How will I benefit from this blog?
I want you to feel confident with your language and communication skills. I share with you the knowledge I’ve gained by teaching accent modification, and by working with clients with autism and delayed language skills. I share personal stories, too, about raising my own children, including my adult son who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2006. By reading here and practicing the techniques I recommend, you will improve your skills.
Why do I have to read and type in those oddly shaped letters when posting a comment?
Technology is wonderful, isn’t it? But with technology comes a few problems too. One big problem is spam. I welcome your input, but if I don’t use the “captcha” (those pictures or oddly shaped letters you are asked to put in) then I get too much spam! I really want your comments, so please enter the captcha letters/numbers and I’ll know you are a real reader (and not just a machine trying to fill my inbox). Thanks so much!
What’s your education and experience?
I have a BS from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and an MS from the University of Redlands, California. I am a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and I hold a California license in Speech-Language Pathology. I began my career working at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, Solutions of Santa Barbara (a transitional living facility for head-injured adults) and a private practice in Santa Barbara. I then took time off to raise a family. When my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (a kind of high-functioning autism) in 2006, I learned techniques to serve families with autism.
I returned to speech therapy in 2008 and have worked at clinics and schools with K-8 kids, both typically developing and severely behaviorally challenged. I worked for 3 years with Early Intervention groups for children 18 months to age 3. I have worked with kids with Myofunctional Disorders (tongue thrust) and taught social thinking skills to young adults with high-functioning autism.
Since 2011, I’ve been volunteering in an ESL program in the Silicon Valley, teaching American English pronunciation. I obtained training in the Compton PESL program (Pronouncing English as a Second Language), and teach lessons to adults who want to improve their English speaking skills.
ESL Classes Information: WestGate South Hills Church sponsors ESL classes. We meet on Mondays at WestGate South Hills Church (6601 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA), For more information on our adult ESL English classes in San Jose, California (runs from September to May every year) contact WestGate South Hills Church at 408-268-1676 or ESL@westgatechurch.org. List of last year’s ESL classes here. Information on this year’s classes here.
How did you get into speech /language pathology?
In high school, I was in drama club, choir, and speech & debate. I began college by studying communications and broadcasting (radio/t.v.) During college I worked as a teacher’s aide in a school for deaf children. This is where I fell in love with speech language pathology.
What other interests do you have?
- Riding a Harley-Davidson
- Learning and playing piano
- Writing – check out my stories posted at www.familyshortstories.com.
- Photography and scrapbooking – I was a Creative Memories consultant for 16 years.
Where can I get help for my special needs child in the San Francisco Bay area?
A great place for parents to become familiar with is Parents Helping Parents in San Jose, CA. Parents Helping Parents (PHP) strives to improve the quality of life for any child with special needs of any age, through educating, supporting and training their primary caregivers. You can contact them at 408-727-5775.