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Brandon Schools commended for program

November 10, 2010 - Dear Editor,

I recently job shadowed a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) at one of the local schools in Brandon Township.

As the SLP and I started to talk about all the benefits in this field, she brought to my attention that four years ago, Belle Ann Elementary has started a program for students with autism. The classroom has dim lighting, so the students are in a more comfortable setting to learn. I was also introduced to a workbook that the students use that has velcro pictures and lists. This workbook is called a communication book and is used to help students understand what tasks they have to do and in what order they are to complete them in. This type of aid is known to re-ally increase productivity within the students. Seeing all this being done really makes me want to commend the Brandon School District for creating programs such as this one. After having this experience, it makes me more excited to pursue my dream of becoming a SLP.

Kari Mirovsky

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