The Owl's class is fully language intensive, with opportunities for social emotional, sensory, cognitive, fine motor and gross motor skill practice. The model for therapy is not like a traditional therapy setting where we sit for 20 to 30 minutes taking turns practicing sounds, language or motor skills. Rather we incorporate the work on all goals into small group activities and play. Goals are often related to learning to use our words, use of language for social interactions, pronunciation using age-appropriate sounds, use of strategies for social-emotional, cognitive, and/or sensory regulation, fine motor, and gross motor skills. They are all focused on by the therapy team and teacher consistently throughout the class time
Teachers: Meredith Haigler
This will be my 20th year working in early childhood education as an EC Teacher. The first 9 years of my career I worked in Stanly County Schools, and the remaining 10 years I have been at the Mary Frances Wall Center. Working at the MFWC has been amazing thus far. I love making connections with young children and their families, as well as seeing the amazing changes they make as they grow and develop! I graduated from Appalachian State University with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and received my Master's Degree in Child and Family Studies from UNC Charlotte. I have a wonderful husband of 18 years, two amazing children, Cole (13) and Lily (11), and our family lives on a cattle farm in Midland. In my spare time I enjoy walking, hiking, crafting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Speech Language Pathologist: Shelby Barton