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 or speech language pathologist looking for lessons to address communication skills you, 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.
When I was a fresh young graduate, I found I was often lacking materials to work with. I frequently ended up creating my own. This site is a log of the lessons I used starting in about 2006. I often found myself referring to this site rather than dealing with a file cabinet. If you are just starting out, I hope you find lessons that are useful and inexpensive and are easy to access.
If this is your first time visiting, I thought you might like to hear my background and words of wisdom. I have a career that extends back 35 years. It is so far back that I was able to work in the schools in the 1980s with my teacher certification and my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders. After a few years of experience, I decided to go on and complete my certification. I was accepted at the University of WA where I obtained my masters degree and full credentials.
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 to county programs operating special educations programs for children with multiple handicaps. I have interacted with a variety of cultures and social economic groups.
Some work locations were better than others, but I was willing to try less than ideal. I knew I would be 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 and I learned what I could on my own. 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.
One problem with frequent job changes is lack of materials at a new location. A lot of the locations I worked at did not have adequate funding for therapy materials. I was forced to create materials to meet individual needs. This site is dedicated to those who may be in the same circumstance. There are free cards and activities for those of you just starting out. There are also some low cost therapy materials for purchase. These help with the expense of maintaining the site. I made it a self hosted site a few years back to avoid those annoying pop up ads. I hope you enjoy browsing through it and I appreciate hearing your comments.