SLP nominated for annual educator award
Congratulations to our own Mary Heath for being nominated to receive one of the Excellence in Education Golden Apple Awards, organized by Century 21 Neil Company!
These awards are presented to outstanding educational professionals and are a testament to the value that Douglas County places on education and service to children. Mary was well choosen for this honor, according to leaders and colleagues at the Douglas ESD.
"Mary does a fantastic job serving students with speech and language delays in the EI/ECSE program and is a model of positive, caring, and professional service," said Douglas ESD Superintendent Michael Lasher.
Mary Heath is a speech-language pathologist who works in our Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program, which serves 250 children, ages 0 to 5, in Douglas County.
Mary and other EI/ECSE staff perform evaluations on children who are refferred to the program. Children with diagnosed delays then get home visits and other support from the EI/ECSE staff, so professionals like Mary can help the whole family get involved in the therapy and exercises that will help the child. As a speech-language therapy in EI/ECSE means Mary often works with infants and babies on feeding and swallowing issues, that could lead to delays later. In some cases, early intervention can improve, and sometimes solve, speech and communication issues early and help students before they reach schoolage.
"Speaking is this really fine tuned activity that we do as humans. (EI/ECSE) aims for children to be language and learning ready," Mary said, adding that a truism of her profession that she experiences first-hand is "first kids learn a language. Then they use language to learn."
Congratulations again to Mary Heath, EI/ECSE speech-language pathologist extraordinare!
Learn more about our Douglas County EI/ECSE program.
Last year our Special Education Administrator Nancy Golden received the Golden Apple award.