Amanda Backof, M.S. CCC-SLP
As an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist, I have devoted my professional life as an SLP and educator to teaching students how to become independent communicators and thinkers. I strongly believe every child has the capacity to learn and I have discovered, over my 15 year + career, that children learn best through experience. It is the experiential interactivity of the iPad that has me so excited about its use in speech language therapy. Students are actively engaged in learning and are just mesmerized by the technology. Most importantly, I believe that understanding how to learn is more important than simply memorizing facts. In therapy, I encourage my older students to use the iPad to conduct research and take notes on the information they have collected.
I too love to learn new information and enroll in as many specialized classes as I can, such as PROMPT (for articulation), PhonoGraphix (a method to teach reading). Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs) and an Autism conference. This coursework enables me to better serve the needs of my students. I also try to attend every ASHA conference to remain current in my knowledge of evidence based best practices.
I received a 2nd bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Towson University in Maryland, and completed a year of PhD coursework at University of Maryland before I realized I could never leave my school kids to teach at a university! I worked in Baltimore City Schools for the first 15 years of my career before moving to Bethany Beach, Delaware where I currently work for Indian River Public Schools. My current caseload allows me to work with children with autism who are enrolled in a specialized autism program.
I founded Speech Language Neighborhood to share my experiences using the iPad in therapy, and to provide a place for my colleagues to find information they may find helpful. The site is a work in progress, so check back often. For example, I am in the progress of developing materials for Teachers Pay Teachers using Symbolstix Symbols by News2You including social stories and stories to address answering inferential questions.
I’d love to hear your feedback - drop me an email at amanda@SpeechLanguageNeighborhood.com.