Welcome to my speech and language website.  I am happy to be returning for my 6th year teaching in Anoka-Hennepin as a full time, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).  As a child, I attended Hamilton Elementary and have enjoyed returning to this building as an SLP for the past 5 years and look forward to what the new year may bring.   I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  I hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  Thank you for supporting your student's education! I am excited to work with your child and watch their growth. Together we can help your student achieve success!
    What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
    The educationally based speech-language pathologist (SLP) identifies and provides both direct and consultative speech and language services to children, birth through age 21, who have difficulties in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and voice. The development of communication skills is important for all students and can impact school success. Speech and language services can target communication disabilities, which adversely affect an individual’s educational performance. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) plays an important role in education and may serve on both special education and general education teams.

    Many students in school have significant communication problems that include difficulties with speech and/or language skill development. According to Minnesota State special education criteria, a child may meet eligibility as a student with a Speech or Language Impairment in four areas: articulation disorder, voice disorder, fluency disorder (e.g. stuttering) and language disorder. Students with other primary disabilities (e.g. developmental delays, learning disabilities, physical impairments, mental impairments, autism) may also exhibit communication problems that co-occur with their primary disability and require the specialized, direct or consultative, services of the SLP.

    Speech-Language Pathologists serve students with identified speech and/or language impairments and needs at all Anoka Hennepin schools and sites. Services may include screening, pre-referral consultation, referral for evaluation, and consultative  or direct service delivery. Intervention is based upon each student’s individual needs and the IEP team helps determine the goals. In keeping with federal and state mandates, SLPs design intervention activities that support state and district standards and grade-level expectations, and often use curriculum-based intervention with materials adapted from general education classroom curriculum, as appropriate.

    Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s building SLP if they have any questions or concerns regarding their child’s speech, language or academic progress. 
    For more information on speech-language concerns and frequently asked questions, click the link below.
  • In Anoka-Hennepin, all building SLPs follow a flexible service delivery model called the 3:1 model. In a 3:1 Model, the SLP provides direct services for 3 weeks, followed by indirect services provided for 1 week. The 3:1 model can increase the classroom carryover and observations as well as allow for collaboration with team members and professionals. Below are our Indirect Weeks for the 2016-2017 school year.

    September 6-9, 2016
    October 3-7, 2016
    November 7-11, 2016
    December 6-9, 2016
    January 17-20, 2017
    February 13-17, 2017
    March 20-24, 2017
    April 10-13, 2017
    May 8-12, 2017
    June 5-8, 2017
    Whitney Hansen, MSE CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Hamilton Elementary School- A SchoolWide Title Building
    1374  111th Ave NW,
    Coon Rapids, MN 55433 
    Room 11B