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Hi, I'm Merrie!

Here's a little bit about myself...

Hi, I'm Merrie!

Here's a little bit about myself...

Hi, I'm Merrie!

Here's a little bit about myself...

My Work Experience

I worked as a  preschool Push-in Speech Therapist for 30 years. Now I’m retired and help preschool speech therapists like you feel confident providing therapy in the classroom.

I know what it’s like to be asked to do something  you’re not prepared to do. I had to learn through trial and error. I don’t want you to flounder and waste time trying to figure it out like I did. 

I’ll guide you through the steps to becoming a successful therapist in the classroom.

After 30 years of practice,
I'm completely confident providing Push-in Speech Therapy!

But it wasn't always this way...

I came late to the game. I finished college with a degree in Interpersonal Communications. What does a person do with that, I ask you? I wasn’t worried, however, because I got married and had three beautiful children during the next 7 years.

After our first child was born, my husband took a gap year and taught at the high school where he grew up. I started substituting for him when he had to be away from class. It was a nice way to bring in a little extra money. After one year, we moved to Tucson where he started graduate school.

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After two years at the University of Arizona, we ended up in Ithaca, New York, where my husband completed his PhD in Sociology. I continued substituting now and then, mostly in the middle schools in the area. Just after giving birth to our third and last child, I was asked to fill in for a Speech Therapist at a middle school who was taking a leave of absence. It was a CRAZY thing to do…but it felt right… so I jumped in for the following 8 months of the school year. 

I LOVED the entire experience, and when the school year ended and my husband was done, we moved to Salt Lake City, Utah for his first job.  After a year of living there, I started a graduate degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Utah.

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After I graduated, I was hired by the Salt Lake City School District to work with preschoolers. This wasn’t what I had in mind! Both my externships were with middle school students.  But for some reason, it felt right, so I took the job. Soon I found out the preschool therapists worked with students in the classroom. (The term “Push-in Therapy” wasn’t even a term then.) What in the world had I gotten myself into?

It was frustrating and daunting at first. I was on the edge and stressed all the time. There was only one other preschool speech therapist at the time, and she was only a year ahead of me. I asked as many questions of her as I could, but she was learning, too. 

It was a tough way to start a career. I had such high hopes when I began graduate school. I had worked so hard and what did it get me? I felt like I was swimming with the sharks with no boat in sight.

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Everything was trial and error, but I gradually started to figure things out. I felt so relieved as I figured out what type of goals to write and how to write them for a classroom setting. I experimented with various ways to take data and came up with several different ways to do it. I developed a routine that allowed me to work with the class as a whole, while also allowing me to see students individually when needed. 

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Eventually, I was actually enjoying my job! Over the years I worked in all kinds of classrooms, from  self-contained to  inclusive.  I had developed a solid foundation that allowed for flexibility as I worked with a variety of teachers and students over the years. I was on my way!

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It's not your fault if...

  • You haven’t been trained in Push-In Therapy.
  • You have no idea where to start.
  • You don’t see how you can provide therapy in the classroom and also give individual attention to your students.
  • You have no clue how to keep track of data

I can give you the tips, tricks and strategies you need so you'll stop being unsure of yourself in the preschool classroom!

If you're anything like me, you want...

  • To feel confident in a classroom setting
  • To enjoy what you do
  • To  feel like you’re making a difference

That’s why I created my FREE resource 5 Easy Ways to Optimize Push-In Therapyto help you  get the most out of your time in the classroom.

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You Can Do This!

The time to start is now!

Guess what? You already know how to be a great speech therapist. I’ll show you how to apply your skills to the classroom setting!

Get going now!  Sign up for my FREE resource 5 Easy Ways to Optimize Push-in Speech Therapy and get started on your way to becoming a Pro!

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