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 and assistive technology consultant. In this latter role, I have done local, state, and national trainings in visual supports and functional communication. 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 consultants; and Lynn Wood, special education teacher), I have published 10 books and CDs of therapy materials through Mayer-Johnson Company in San Diego, CA. In 2001, I created this website, Speaking of Speech.com, and more recently created the Speaking of Speech Blog. I have authored three children's books about various aspects of speech/language therapy, available at PatMervine.com.
Now meet the rest of the Speaking of Speech.com staff.....
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, Hope, and Miss Parks were all rescued from a terrible life, and have brought such warmth and companionship (and a lot of shedding) to our home.
Hope, long retired from her racing career, enjoys her current position as Head of Security. She also enjoys her current position at her food bowl. Sadly, Hope passed away at the ripe old age of 15, but her memory lives on as one of the founders of the website.
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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. Sadly, Miss Parks took her final nap in May 2015. Like Hope, she was with me from the beginning.