Speech & Language Therapy

The Spero Academy Speech Department employs a multidisciplinary approach that involves:  

  • Collaborating with teachers and paraprofessionals
  • Utilizing the push-in model of service
  • Leading classroom social skills groups
  • Preparing and instructing individualized articulation sessions
  • Supporting language during reading centers
  • Collaborating with Occupational Therapists
  • Teaching functional life skills
  • Facilitating social skills during lunch bunch
  • Modeling how to support language during academics
  • Using PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) to facilitate articulation as needed
  • Using Social Thinking social skills curriculum
  • Promoting play and development of problem solving skills
  • Overseeing development and implementation of STACK (School-wide Technology and Augmentative Communication for Kids) Program: programming and use of iPads for communication for children that are functionally non-verbal or have limited verbal skills
  • Assisting in the development of The Spero Academy Skills Inventory: a measurement tool of joint attention and social play, self-regulation, communication, functional life skills and technology use

Speech Therapists

Photo of Dan Hatfield, M.A., CCC-SLP

Dan Hatfield, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Hello! My name is Dan Hatfield; I am a licensed and certified speech/language therapist...

Photo of Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, M.A. CCC-SLP

  Hello! My name is Sharla, the students call me “Mrs. Sharla”. I&r...

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Photo of Kat Rick, M.S., CCC-SLP

Phone: (612)852-5027 or (612)465-8611 Ext. 223   Hi, my name is Kat Rick....

Photo of Eryn Segar, M.A. CCC-SLP

Eryn Segar, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Hello! My name is Eryn Segar and I am a new team member here at Spero Academy. I comple...

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Photo of Ashley Sellwood, M.S CCC-SLP

Ashley Sellwood, M.S CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Hi, my name is Ashley Sellwood. I am a licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist a...

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