After 20 years in the field, she knows her stuff! Her training and experience set her apart from other therapists in the areas of:
Childhood apraxia of speech & other issues affecting speech clarity
Late talkers & early langauge development
Dyslexia & other difficulties with early reading and spelling
What? She works on reading?! She sure does! At their core, dyslexia and most other difficulties with reading and spelling are rooted in the language system (especially phonological awareness & processing). Miss Ellen excels in widening and deepening these critical skills.
At the end of the day, reading is simply another way of using language to communicate… you can listen or read to gain information and you can speak or write to send it. Reading and spelling fall squarely in the field of speech-language pathology… but it’s hard to find someone who specializes in it.
What She’ll Do
Miss Ellen’s first goal is to find the problem… not just test them. If a child is struggling to speak clearly, she’ll figure out why. If they are a little too quiet for their age, she’ll find out what is holding them back. If they are struggling to learn to read, she’ll determine where the system is breaking down.
Once the problem is identified, she will work to build a strong foundation, teach the missing skills, and fill in all the gaps. Before you know it, family and friends you don’t see too often will be commenting on how well they’re doing!