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A little about Wanda
I followed in the footsteps of my twin sister and studied the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at the undergraduate level and Speech-Language Pathology after that. I earned a BA in Communicative Disorders, summa cum laude, from the University of Eau Claire, WI and MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM).
Upon graduation, I started a career in higher education promoting the learning of students directly and through faculty development programs. I taught reading, study skills, and career planning courses through the College of Human Development and Education, served as a Student Learning and Faculty Development Coordinator, and conducted many student learning and faculty development workshops at North Dakota State University (NDSU). I also earned my Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) certification from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and established an adapted computer lab as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Counseling and Disability Services, in collaboration with NDSU’s Information Technology Services.
I served as a Grant Writer and Assistant to the Director at the Regional Assistive Technology Center, MSUM. I was also on the National Faculty, Instructional Technology for Pre-College TRIO Programs, Council for Opportunity in Education.
I left my 17-year career in higher education to engage in traditional speech therapy services in a variety of settings. I have sat on floors in people's homes, clinics, and schools to conduct therapy with and receive hundreds of hugs from little ones; managed phrenetic schedules of students K-8; spent hours on the phone talking with families of children, adolescents, and adults; helped centenarians write their memoirs; saw people become discharged from Hospice when we enlivened their connection to the world and themselves through song; cried with those grieving over loss of their independence; and celebrated with victory dances when they recovered their abilities.
Seeing despair evolve into joy with the support of speech therapy, combined with supportive family and leadership experiences as President of the NDSU Staff Senate and school, university, and parochial long-range planning committees all fueled my courage to start a business that could eventually have a global reach.
When I felt it was time to leave my day job and design a high quality speech pathology practice, I learned the ins and outs of business, invested in high-tech equipment and excellent employees, and founded Home Speech Therapy, PLLC.
I feel a song and dance comin' on--Come sing and dance with us!