- PECS,Social Thinking,Certified Autism Specialist
- Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC),Autism,Executive Function,Developmental Disorders,Language Disorders,Learning Disabilities,Literacy,Phonological Disorders
My name is Samantha Medland and this is my third year as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago. I am bilingual and fluent in Spanish and English. I currently work in the north suburbs of Chicago as a school-based SLP at a public therapeutic day school. I have experience working with children and adults with traumatic brain injuries, executive functioning deficits, working memory impairments, phonemic awareness deficits, speech sound disorders, auditory processing disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, craniofacial syndromes, chromosomal disorders and deletions, motor speech disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Pierre Robin Syndrome, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, Rett Syndrome, and other disorders.
I have extensive knowledge in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including low tech, mid tech and high tech communication systems such as core boards, PECS, PODD Books, Tech Talk 8, Go Talk 32, Big Mac, Talking Brix, LAMP Words for Life, Tobii Dynavox Snap + Core First, TouchChat, Nova Chat technology and more. I received formal training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). I am trained in the most recent evidence-based practices including aided language stimulation and partner augmented input. I also have trained numerous communication partners including parents, grandparents, siblings and school staff on using communication devices. I am familiar with many adaptive equipment options for children and adults in order to better access their environment, including universal mounting systems, switch adapted technologies, toys and games and more.
I recently received recognition as a Certified Autism Specialist. The program consisted of two+ years working in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, extensive training and education in ASD, and passing the national board Autism Competency Exam. This certification has given me special insight into ways I can support my students with ASD as well as their families! I have additionally received three ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) certificates. ASHA members and/or certificate holders, who earn 7.0 ASHA CEUs in 36 months and participate in the ASHA CE Registry, are presented the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) in recognition of continued professional study.