What’s your role with SHEMESH? 

I’ve been program director for SHEMESH since it started in 2009. I love working with our community’s children, helping them build their skills & enhancing their self-image as successful learners. I also feel privileged to work with the talented and dedicated SHEMESH staff. As a speech-language pathologist, I am also able to provide a range of services such as speech-language therapy, reading intervention & social skills instruction. 

How have your activities changed as a result of covid 19? 

I’ve transitioned to working fully online. I’m appreciating the opportunity to learn a new skill (teletherapy) & am very gratified to see excellent results.  

What practical summer tips do you have for parents? 

  • Make learning experiential- reading directions for a project & measuring ingredients for a recipe are great ways to maintain skills while having fun.  
  • Let your child’s interests guide you. Let them choose topics for exploring online and books to read.  
  • Spend time outdoors. Reading outdoors under a tree, in a tent, at a picnic table can be so much more pleasurable.