Ms. H, Speech-Language Pathology
Ms. H, smiling wearing glasses

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at Sheridan School. I love my job because I get to help children to communicate during the school day. Helping them share their thoughts and ideas with others is so exciting. I got my undergraduate degree at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and received my graduate degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. I was lucky enough to complete an internship during college at a Minneapolis School which led to my current job. My favorite thing about working for Minneapolis Public Schools is the diversity of students and staff.

Speech and Language Pathology Services

 

The team of Educational Speech and Language Pathologists at Sheridan Arts Magnet include:

Amber Honcharoff

Karen Nyhus

               

Speech and language services include:

 

Articulation therapy for students who have difficulty correctly forming some of their speech sounds.

 

Fluency therapy for students who stutter.

 

Voice therapy for students who have difficulty with their voice quality.

 

Language therapy for students whose language skills are significantly delayed or significantly different from other children their age, which includes understanding other speakers or speaking/expressing oneself. 

 

If you have concerns about your child’s communication,  please contact  your child's classroom teacher.  The teacher and therapist will then discuss concerns with the grade-level team of teachers to determine if special classroom interventions should be put in place.  If classroom interventions do not result in significant improvement then the teacher will suggest that you meet with the special education team to decide if a formal speech and/or language evaluation is needed.  After the evaluation is completed you will meet with the team again to discuss the evaluation results.  Not all students who are evaluated qualify for services.  If your child does qualify to receive speech/language services the team (which includes you) will design an Individual Education Plan that addresses your child's specific needs.

 

Each therapy session is unique and is based on an intervention plan specific to your child's speech / language needs.  Parent involvement in therapy helps to encourage carry over of your child's new skills to the home environment.

 

The easiest way to contact the speech team is through email: 

amber.honcharoff@mpls.k12.mn.us

karen.nyhus@mpls.k12.mn.us