Thank you Maureen for allowing me to write a guest post on your fabulous blog! Today I would like to share about an exciting new opportunity that has been awarded to the campus where I work. I hope that by sharing this journey, other SLPs will be encouraged to become more involved with not only their student body as a whole, but also the community their students’ come from.
As a SLP in an Early Childhood Center, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with supportive administrators and leadership team members. Two years ago, our principal decided that we needed to focus more heavily on detailed, functional vocabulary instruction as an entire campus. Our campus has a high rate of free/reduced lunch which means many students come from homes that have been affected by poverty. We also are a minority-majority district with a large number of Hispanic students who at the age we get them, speak very little if any English. With the earliest years of development being the ones where language is developed, setting a tone for future academic success, we felt it to be an urgent priority.
As part of my winter take home activities, I purchased Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News’ Learning Through Play packets to send home with some hot chocolate for my speech therapy students. Jenna’s little handouts inspired me to do what happened next! I wanted to provide the tools to push language rich activities into EVERY child in my school’s home.