Welcome to Smashingly Good Speech! After starting my Teachers Pay Teachers store about a year ago, I've been making a ton of new games and materials for Speech and Language therapy. Some friends and fellow co-workers had mentioned that I should start a blog. So here I am! I'm hoping that starting this blog will keep me inspired to provide new, fun materials for my students while encouraging others to do the same. I would also love to join to world of speech and language bloggers - I think it could be such a great support system! As we all know, our job can be tough sometimes!
Anyway, I'll share a little bit about me. My name is Jessica and I have been an SLP for a few years at an elementary school in rural Illinois.
I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I also minored in Spanish during my undergrad. Which came in handy as I started my current job. The district I work for now has a population of dual language learners that makes up about 40-50% of the student body. The majority of those students speak Spanish as their first language. We also have a growing French speaking population. This brings about a whole new set of challenges during assessment and treatment - but I love it! I service students PreK -4th grade, with the majority being in Pre-K While there are many challenges to my job, I wouldn't trade it for anything. My students continuously bring a smile to my face and my coworkers help make it the best place to work!
On personal note, I live in a neighboring town to the district I work in with my husband and our two fur babies - Bridget and Molly. They are both rescue dogs - which is something I encourage people to do! In my spare time (Ha! What spare time?!), I love crafting, building/refinishing furniture with my husband (he's a carpenter), working out (so I can eat, eat, eat - especially Italian food!), and spending time with my family and friends.
Anyway, I'm just trying to be a better therapist and person with each passing day. And I hope you'll follow along with me on this journey!