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Spring Fab Five

Spring 2020 Newsletter -> Spotlight

SPG is proud to shine the spotlight on the spring newsletter’s Fab Five!

Lauren Page

I am a school based speech language pathologist and I service Howard, Manzanita Seed/Community Elementary Schools as well as Rudsdale High School. The majority of my caseload is Preschool-5th grade along with two high school students. My main school (Howard) has two amazing Autism classes that I work with very closely.

What motivates you to continue in your profession?
I love helping others, seeing students growth, and incorporating my craft skills into my therapy sessions

What is a fun fact about you? I love cooking, yoga, biking, and hiking!

A tip to share with your colleagues:
Organization is key! One thing that helps me thrive is to constantly incorporate a variety of organizational tools from color coding with colorful gel pens to organizing materials based on goal targets. If I am organized it makes my speech sessions run smoothly and allows me to easily coach and communicate with parents about their child’s progress and skills.

 

Katherine Leiser

I am an  Inventory Coordinator/Administrative Assistant with SPG. I work in the Walnut Creek office and I have the privilege of helping with a handful of projects (one of my favorites is coordinating our yearly SPG Company Event), but my main focus is to make sure everyone has the therapy and diagnostic materials needed to do their job!

What motivates you to continue in your profession?
I love what I do and who I work with! I even left SPG for 5 years after we had our 3rd child and returned when she started Kindergarten!

What is a fun fact about you?
I married my high school sweetheart in 2000 and we will be celebrating our 20 year anniversary on July 15th! We have been blessed with 3 beautiful children who are now 19, 17 & 13 and are all taller than me!

A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:
Instead of “Don’t Stare,” let’s start teaching, “Say Hello.”

 

Josie Palmquist

I am an SLPA. I have been with SPG since Fall of 2019. Even though it has been a short time, I have enjoyed working in the elementary schools in Tracy, CA. I love working in the schools because I get to touch on a little bit of everything.  For 5 years prior to making the switch to the school setting with SPG, I worked in a private center, focusing mostly on early intervention and setting up functional communication. This transition to the schools has been so much fun! I’m having a blast!

What motivates you to continue in your profession?
Professional Growth and of course all of the students! I am always learning in this field, especially now during this quarantine.The thing that excites me the most is when I first meet a student, and I find something that motivates them to use any form of functional communication. It motivates me to always look for more evidenced based enrichment towards developing more and more spontaneous communication! The growth and rapport that is built with every child keeps me coming back time and time again.

What is a fun fact about you?
I can make up a song at the drop of a hat. My go-to melody is Wheels on the Bus or any catchy nursery rhymes.

A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:
Be fun! Wear the pig nose, be the dog instead of the person, blow the bubbles, make the tallest tower with the legos, and make silly voices! Be someone a child wants to see again. Speech time should not be scary.

Lora Christen

I am a physical therapist serving students grades K-8 at Menlo Park City School District.

What motivates you to continue in your profession?
As a physical therapist, I have the privilege of working with students and their families, teachers, specialists, and other support staff to help each student reach their highest potential in safely accessing their school environment. I find that working as a team to reach their goals to be especially rewarding. Additionally, I love that the children I work with are typically incredibly motivated and have a positive attitude.

What is a fun fact about you?
My entire family is in pediatrics. My father is a neonatologist, my mother is a resource specialist, my sister is a pediatric physical therapist, and my other sister is a pediatrician.

A Tip to share with your SPG colleagues:
Whenever possible, take continuing education classes with colleagues. It is such a nice opportunity to share information and implement new ideas.

 

Megan Flom

I work as a full-time school psychologist at Berkeley High School (within Berkeley Unified School District). I conduct psychoeducational assessments with students, relay results to staff and families, and attend IEP meetings.

What motivates you to continue in your profession?
Helping to provide guidance to better understand students, their learning styles and unique educational needs.

What is a fun fact about you?
I was born in CA, grew up in TX, and went to college in MN before returning to CA, which is my true home.

A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:
Take care of your own needs so that you can better help others.