Ashley, a speech therapist shares her view on collaborating with a teacher in a community-based childcare program to address the goals of David, a 4-year-old boy with language delays (running time 1 min. 09 sec.).
I’m a speech-language pathologist and I have a large caseload of young children and families that I serve across many different types of early childhood settings in the county. One of the children I work with is David, a delightful 4-year-old who has some language delays. I feel really good about the plan we’ve all come up with together to address his IEP goals at home and in the classroom. I work with David in his childcare classroom once a week and I try to support David’s family by providing strategies to use with him at home. I also work with the teacher in the classroom by giving her strategies to use when I’m not there. Shawanda always makes time to meet with me during my weekly visits, but she seems reluctant to offer her own ideas or share information about how things are going in the classroom, which, to be honest, makes me wonder if she is actually implementing any of the strategies we’ve agreed on in our meetings.