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Hi!  My name is Tamatha, but if you were to call me that I would not know that you were speaking to me (only my mom calls me that and only when I’m in trouble)!  To family and friends, I have always been Tami.

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist currently working in Nevada but licensed to work in Nevada and California. I have experience working as an SLP and/or SLPA with children (as young as 18 months) for early intervention, school age from Pre-K through 8th grade, adults with special needs in work-study facilities, and adults in nursing homes, and rehab facilities.


I have been in the field of education since 1994. I began as a Preschool Teacher for a Private Preschool and evolved into a Self-Contained Special Education Teacher (Behaviorally-Emotionally Disabled, Cognitive Impairments) serving children in the Public Schools in North Carolina.  When I returned to California I served children and adults with communication needs as an SLPA before completing my Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. 
I am also a mother to a beautiful little girl!  She is currently in kindergarten this 2015-2016 school year and has taught me so much more in her 5 years of life than all my years in school ever did! In fact, I think she has made me a better Speech-Language Pathologist too! I always knew that early intervention was important and that being an advocate was one of the best things a parent can do for their child.  However, the birth of my child, gave me a unique experience in being on the other end of the spectrum for advocacy and early intervention.

My daughter sent me into premature labor at 23 weeks gestation.  I was hospitalized and placed on bed rest for 3.5 weeks.  To say that it was not a fun adventure is an understatement!  I had to rest at an angle where my feet were above my head and gravity helped to keep her in (Thank You Newton, I guess).  It was before I was even slightly tech savvy and WAY before I had a tablet for entertainment.  Therefore, I spent much of that 3.5 weeks watching Court TV and eating eggs (which she detests, hmmm…).  The worst part was how often the hospital staff had to give me the low down on what difficulties she may face in life if she was born at that time.  To hear it over and over was overwhelming, frustrating, and depressing.  Don’t misunderstand me, I completely get why they had to “inform” me.  However, having been in the field of special education so long, I knew the statistics and didn’t enjoy hearing them over and over again. She decided that it was time to join the party that was occurring outside of my womb at just a little over 26 weeks gestation. 

It was then, that the need for me to step up as her advocate began. I was unable to produce enough milk, so my milk was supplemented with donor milk.  Donor milk was not available at the hospital that they wanted to transfer her to, so I refused her transfer.  After two weeks of refusal, the transfer took place because she became the first baby to get donor milk at the other hospital!  Then, she had issues with feeding, reflux, and weight gain. As a micro-preemie, my little girl was eligible for several early intervention services and again I had to be an advocate and make sure she was referred.  She finally came home after 3 months in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  When she did, I reached out to OT (Occupational Therapist) and PT (Physical Therapist) friends of mine to get suggestions for things we can do at home for preventive care/early intervention since she was at risk for possible delays.  I understand the FIGHT parents have to battle when they have to advocate for their child’s needs.  I understand the mixed emotions (fear, love, concern, guilt, anger, etc..) a parent goes through when their child needs that “extra” help. 

I’m happy to report that my little miracle is healthy and happy!  She is beautiful inside and out!  She is funny, smart, silly, loving, curious, nurturing, dramatic, kind, and creative!  She is one of my favorite teachers in life! She has taught me so much! (Special Thanks to Sarah Ford of Fordography for picture). 
Now, I utilize all my previous experience to aid others with their communication needs.  This blog is a personal blog where I can share ideas, communication tips, express thoughts, and hopefully inspire building communication with care and creativity. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you will pull up a chair, share a coffee with me.  Don’t forget to follow this blog for ideas, materials and app reviews, updates for my store, and exclusive freebies!

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DISCLAIMER: 
This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer, including current, past, or future employers.  All websites, tablet applications, and/or therapy materials mentioned in this blog are done so as potential tools to encourage and assist in the development of speech and language skills. These tools are to be used as part of speech-language services and not in place of such services and at the discretion of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. 

The information written here is meant to support Speech-Language Pathologists, Graduate Students in the field of Education/Special Education/Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants. It is not meant to replace treatment or consultation provided by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. If you are a parent, caregiver, or teacher who is concerned about the speech and language development of a child, I encourage you to seek out a complete evaluation from an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  You can begin your search for a local service provider by visiting the ASHA website at www.asha.org.

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.  This blog does not accept any form of sponsorship, or paid compensation. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.  The compensation received does not nor will it ever influence the content, topics, or posts made in this blog.

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Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting any information from this blog or any part thereof on the Internet are strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author.  It is permissible to take pictures of you and/or your students using products created by the author of this blog, Tamatha Cauckwell, M.S. CCC-SLP, and/or mentioning blog posts on your blog or website as long as you give credit and provide a link to my blog or TpT store.





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