Welcome to my site.
My name is Cindy Montalbano and I am glad to see you here. I am an ASHA certified speech and language pathologist that has recently retired. If you are a teacher, parent, or speech language pathologist looking for lessons to address communication skills, you have come to the right place. I created this site mainly for my fellow speech and language pathologist to make their lesson planning easier. If you are a parent or teacher that has concerns about an individual student. Please refer to a licensed speech and language pathologist to get an individual diagnosis and treatment plan. I do not guarantee results from independent use of materials you have obtained from this site. This site is a digital record of materials I have used over the last 30+ years. I am happy to share them with you. However, please do not copy them to other sites or claim them as your own in order to sell or redistribute.
I made this site self hosted a few years back to avoid those annoying pop up ads that come with free web sites. I have links to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store where I sell products featured on this site. This allows the site to operate free to visitors.
If this is your first time visiting, I thought you might like to hear a little bit about my background. I have a career that extends back to 1980s. It is so far back that I was able to work in the schools with a teacher certificate in Communication Disorders. I did this for a few years. I eventually went back to school at the University of WA to complete an MS. I then obtained my Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA.
More than half of my career was spent following a military spouse. This brought me to some interesting work locations and positions. I have worked at a tribal school with the Native American population, Dept. of Defense schools overseas, and as an augmentative communication consultant. My assignments have varied from school districts with elementary to high school populations, and county programs operating programs for children with multiple handicaps. I have had opportunities to interact with a variety of cultures and social economic groups. I have worked in 6 states and two countries. Being Flexible became the name of the game.
One problem with frequent job changes, I found I was often lacking materials at a new work site. I often had to carry my materials with me from school to school. I started uploading my self made materials so I could access them electronically when I didn’t have them with me. This site is a log of the lessons I used from about 2006 forward. I often found myself referring to this site rather than dealing with a file cabinet.
Some of my work locations were better than others, but I was willing to try less than ideal. I knew I would likely to move after three years. Some places provided support with fellow SLPs within phone reach. In other places there were few materials or support. The internet was in its infancy. Fortunately I met some great teachers and SLPs along the way.
My work experiences taught me you can find gold nuggets of work experiences anywhere. A setting that doesn’t seem great on the surface may be one of your best places to learn and expand your knowledge base. I learned not to under estimate the abilities of my students despite their cognitive and behavioral challenges. It is often our approach that prevents them from succeeding. Sometimes we need to except that progress will be slow and adapt our goals so that we can measure progress. I learned that this profession allows a variety of work settings if you seek them out. If you don’t like where you are at, you can change settings and get a completely different perspective. Organization is key no matter where you work.