Speech and Language
Speech-Language Services at HBR
- Manda Davis provides services to students in Early Childhood through 2nd grade and at the high school.
- Allison Krupa works with students in 3rd-8th grades.
- Students are seen either individually, in a small group, or in their classroom (which sometimes includes the playground or lunchroom)
The Students We See
Although we call ourselves "speech teachers," we do not only serve students with speech sound errors. In fact, the majority of our students have language goals. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) may work on goals in the following areas when there is an impact in the classroom:
- Articulation or phonological processes (speech sounds)
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Voice disorders
- Receptive language (e.g. understanding language, answering questions, following directions, vocabulary)
- Expressive language (e.g. sentence structure, writing, organizing/telling stories)
- Social communication skills
- Phonological awareness
While most of our students have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), we also provide interventions for students. These students most often have errors that can be addressed quickly. Usually, these students participate in "Speedy Speech" where we see them for 5 minutes twice a week. They practice their skill in the hall, in another part of the class, or in a room next door in drill type activities in order to maximize the number of productions in such a short time. These short bursts of practice allow them to make progress while missing very little class. This model has been successful enough that we are writing these same minutes into IEPs.
Meet the SLPs
Manda Davis, MS/CCC-SLP
The 2018-19 school year will be my 11th year at Hinckley-Big Rock. Prior to this, I worked for two years in the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico district at the elementary and middle schools. I love the sense of community in our small district and the chance to follow students as they grow.
I attended Augustana College (IL) for my B.A. and received my M.S. from Eastern Illinois University. I am nationally certified and state licensed. I attend workshops and conferences, watch webinars, and continue to take graduate classes to be sure I have the most current information and research in our field.
My husband and I live outside of Hinckley with our two kids. We are planning our pasture and barn so we can continue my family's sheep operation. The lessons learned on the farm are invaluable! In addition to spending time with my kids and the sheep, I enjoy running (and exercising in general). I have run five half marathons and countless shorter races. While I hated running anything longer than two miles when I was on Augustana's track team (I was a sprinter/jumper/hurdler/pole vaulter), I have grown to appreciate the peace that can be found on a long run.
Allison Krupa, MS/CCC-SLP
I am fortunate to have worked here at HBR for the last 9 years. I am in the district on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I see the 3rd through 8th graders. Previously I have worked in a variety of settings including charter schools, private schools and in the clinic setting. I love the collaboration and teamwork shown by all the teachers and staff here at HBR. It has been wonderful working with a variety of professions to put together the best programming for each student.
I grew up in the area but I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both my undergraduate and graduate work. I am a nationally certified and state licensed speech-language pathologist. My husband and I then returned to the area to be closer to family. On the days that I am not at school, I am a full-time mom to our three children (and one chinchilla), which keeps me plenty busy. I also love to read and hike whenever I can.