I am currently a speech-language pathologist for the Lambton-Kent District School Board in Southern Ontario, Canada. I also teach part time in the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program at Lambton College. Before I worked in a school board, where I primarily do assessment, consultation, and supervision of CDAs (who get to do the therapy), I worked with preschool children at a local Children’s Treatment Centre. My opinions in the blog are my own and do not reflect my employer(s) in any way.
I’ve always had a passion for literacy and wrote both my undergraduate and graduate theses in the area of reading. I’m a long-time member of the planning committee of the popular “Sowing the Seeds of Literacy” conference, held annually in Sarnia, ON. This conference supports early childhood educators and primary teachers in learning current research and strategies to improve literacy outcomes in the children they teach. I’m also a member of the new Lambton Literacy Action Committee, which brings together various community members and service providers and strives to take preventative measures throughout the area to improve the literacy skills of everyone in the community.
I consider myself a life-long learner and am a technology and social media enthusiast. I’m known on twitter as @SLPTanya. I’ve spoken nationally and internationally (via Skype) on the topic of sharing information, resources, and collaboration with other professionals in a multidisciplinary context through social media. In my spare time I also authored the Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) app for iPad and co-authored of the SLP Goal Bank app for iPad.