Deer Speech Therapy
Laura Deer, M.S. CCC/SLP, CAS
2002 - Bachelor's of Science - Florida State University
2004 - Master's of Science - Florida State University
I make continuing education a priority. I go to as many workshops and conferences as I can. There is no way I could list all of the workshops but I've selected a few to share with you below:
2003 - 2008 - 2011 - 2017 - ASHA Convention
2012 - NSA Conference
2014 - PROMPT Introduction and Bridging Trained
2014 & 2017 ACE award
2015 - Floortime
2015 & 2016 - TACA Conference
2017 - CASANA Conference
2017 - SCERTS
2017 - Cari Ebert's "Power of Play" & "Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention"
2018 - DTTC training with Edythe Strand
I worked at this exceptional private clinic in Torrance, California with many other speech-language pathologists to collaborate with. My caseload was diverse including children of various ages with a range of speech and language disorders including: autism, Down syndrome, stuttering, articulation, childhood apraxia of speech, auditory processing, cleft palate, phonological processes, and speech and language delays. I was a supervisor for graduate clinicians, speech therapy aids and volunteers.
Children's Speech Care Center
2007 - 2014
Pinellas County Schools
2004 - 2007
My first position out of graduate school was at Paul B Stephens School in Clearwater, Florida. This was an excellent place for me to start my career! It is a center school for children with special needs including a full PT/OT gym, kitchens, garden, swimming pool, behavior team, nursing team, and the best children and staff. I worked side by side with other therapists and teachers and learned so much about working with children with special needs. My primary caseload consisted of preschool/elementary age children, however, I also worked with middle and high school age (up to 22 years old). My clients had diverse needs ranging from various disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing impairments. I also worked with many children with challenging behaviors.
Graduate Clinician at Florida State University
In my clinical studies I worked in a variety of locations including early intervention in the home, schools, clinics, nursing homes, and Easter Seals.
I went to a speech-language pathologist when I was a kid! I have fond memories of my mother taking me to speech every week. I worked on saying my "R" sound and "SH". I did my speech homework every night like a good little girl. I remember getting frustrated at times when my mom would stop me and tell me to correct my speech. I didn't want to have to think about it ALL the time. Now, I can articulate everything just fine without having to think twice about it. I use those memories to be sensitive to my client's emotions during each stage of the process.