Welcome to Speaking of Speech.com!
Hello! I am Pat Mervine, a school-based speech/language pathologist. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech/language pathology from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where, under the guidance of Amy Dell, Ph.D., I began to specialize in alternative/augmentative communication and assistive technology. During my two years with Easter Seals of Bucks County (PA), I gained valuable experience in assistive technology, functional communication, and integrated therapy.
I have worked for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 since 1994 as a school-based SLP, assistive technology specialist, and program technical advisor. In this latter role, I developed four levels of BOARDMAKER trainings and an APPLEWORKS Applications course geared toward SLPs and classroom teachers. I have also taught undergraduate and graduate classes in assistive technology at The College of New Jersey and Rider University. My caseload has included students with multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental retardation, autism/PDD, deafness, and a variety of syndromes.
With my dear friends and colleagues from Bucks County (Bill Ziegler, assistive technology specialist, Michele Burton and Marie Mark, SLPs and assistive technology specialists, and Lynn Wood, special education teacher), I have published the following through Mayer-Johnson Company in San Diego, CA:
•I CAN PLAY, TOO! Hypercard AAC software for playing childhood games
•I CAN COOK, TOO! A cooking curriculum of 45 themes which incorporates literacy, fine motor skills, and communication
•ART FOR ME, TOO! An arts & crafts curriculum which extends the same 45 themes as above, with adaptations for children with motor, communication, and cognitive impairments
•PRINT 'N PLAY GAMES A CD of 50 thematic BOARDMAKER Bingo and Mystery Games
•PRINT 'N PLAY DICE GAMES A CD of 46 thematic games in two formats, Roll 'n Make and Roll 'n Draw, that emphasize vocabulary development, creativity, counting, fine motor skills, and problem solving.
•PRINT 'N PLAY BEGINNER'S BINGO A CD of 50 thematic games in 2 formats that simplify the Bingo concept to be more developmentally appropriate for younger and/or lower functioning students so that No Child is Left Behind in BINGO! Includes measurable goals and data collection forms for progress monitoring.
•PRINT 'N LEARN THEMATIC UNITS A CD of themed BOARDMAKER activities for handwriting, language, and literacy
•PRINT 'N LEARN COMMUNITY UNITS A CD of BOARDMAKER activities for language and literacy related to places in the community.
•ARTIC-U-PRINT A multifaceted program for articulation, including a speech screening, auditory/visual discrimination cards, speech sound posters, word and sentence level practice materials, data collection forms, and Artic-U-Wear, a creative hands-on unit in which students made and wear sound-based fashion accessories!
And now a web site....
A common complaint in our field is the lack of time and opportunity to share ideas and techniques, which led to the creation of this web site. I hope that SLPs and teachers will use this as a place to share lessons, seek advice, and grow professionally--a virtual staff meeting, so to speak. Personally, I can't wait to check the web site every day to see what ideas I can try in therapy tomorrow!
I hope you find this site a valuable resource, and hope you'll contribute to it frequently. Remember, speakingofspeech.com is a place for SLPs and teachers to share ideas, tips, and materials to improve communication skills in our schools. Your input, however small or simple it may seem to you, helps all of us serve our students better.
Now meet the rest of the Speaking of Speech.com staff.....
||Hope, long retired from her racing career, enjoys her current position as Head of Security. She also enjoys her current position on her pillow.
||Miss Parks, the office manager, specializes in typographical errors, batting around the computer mouse, erasing phone messages, and keeping her eye (indeed her whole body) on the copy machine.
||Always on duty, Miss Parks and Hope hold a conference over lunch.
|And here is our newest staff member, Opal! (She's the one with the spots). Because of her outgoing personality and winning smile, Opal more than ably fills a newly created position in public relations. Opal, like Hope the retired racing greyhound, was rescued from a terrible fate and is obviously enjoying her new life at Speaking of Speech.com. Please consider adopting a rescued Dalmatian, and contact Willing Hearts Dalmatian Rescue. They will be happy to connect you with a new friend!