Early learning speech pathologist appointed


The Rainy River District School Board has appointed a Early Learning Speech Language Pathologist after being chosen as one of seven demonstration sites in Ontario to pilot an integrated speech and language delivery model for children up to Grade 3.
Lonna Oster has been seconded from the Kenora-Rainy River District Pre-school Speech and Language Program (North Words) for the newly-created position, effective Aug. 29, 2011 through Aug. 24, 2012.
The role of the Early Learning Speech Language Pathologist will involve the development and implementation of speech language programming for all students in Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and Grade 1 classes in all schools of the Rainy River District School Board.
Of utmost importance will be Oster’s support within the classroom, as well as a liaison with parents and the community in collaboration with pre-school programs to ensure ease of access and seamless transition for parents and families.
Ann Anderson, the board’s Speech Language/Kindergarten co-ordinator, will act as site manager for the demonstration project.
Oster has 12 years of experience working with the speech and language needs of pre-school children.
She brings expertise in play-based learning, parent engagement and training, and community screening, as well as a strong knowledge of the early learner.
“This further supports the work of our schools and community partners in improving outcomes for our earliest learners and their families,” said Heather Campbell, director of education for the local public school board.
“I am thrilled at the Rainy River District School Board’s opportunity to be one of the seven sites to lead the province in this initiative,” she added.