Learn more about Amanda Charney, our Founder

Read about Amanda in this interview through Stockton College, her alma mater
 

Bird’s-Eye View Amanda Charney ’01 M.A. CCC-SLP

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1. What was your major/field of study during your time at Stockton, and when did you graduate?

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I graduated in 2001.

2. What is your current profession and what do you enjoy most about your job?

Founder/Executive Director of non-profit organization, Small Steps in Speech, a non-profit organization that provides grants and funding to children throughout the USA with communication disorders. Speech-Language Pathologist at Collingswood Board of Education.

3. What are some of your favorite Stockton memories – such as a favorite class, professor, spot on campus, or social event?

I have so many wonderful memories and it is so hard to just pin point a few. I still remember my P-Dorm and needing to check into a computer lab outside of our dorm because no one had their own personal computers/laptops in 1997! Of course I remember the famous Dick Berry, who taught my phonetics class with a strong Boston accent. He was one of my favorite professors. Professor Berry led the way for us students to attend the ASHA Convention my senior year in D.C. I also loved Atom Man Universe with Yitzhak Sharon- a complete genius! I could not end without giving a shout out to my lifelong friends that I still consider to be my rock to this day that I met during my time at Stockton.

4. How has attending Stockton influenced your life?

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Next Grant Application Deadline is May 1st!

May 1, 2016 is the next deadline for applications for funding for speech and communication therapies by Small Steps in Speech.  You may download the application and send by either mail, email or fax.  http://www.smallstepsinspeech.org/grant-application/individuals/.  Through a partnership with CASANA additional funding is available for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  Prompt Institute provides funding for children treated by a Prompt certified SLP.  For questions, contact info@smallstepsinspeech.org.

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Support Small Steps In Speech with every Shutterfly purchase!

Small Steps In Speech has recently partnered with FundPhotos®, an official affiliate of Shutterfly®–far and away one of the most trusted brands in printing and photo merchandise.  It’s easy!

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A Challenge Has Been Issued!!

Come one, come all, and help SSIS meet the challenge issued by an anonymous donor.  For every dollar donated between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the donor will make an equal contribution.  So far, we have been thrilled to receive $1,400 but would love to to raise an additional $3,600 in the next three weeks to maximize this offer.

Thank you for sharing this and for considering your own gift.  Every dollar counts!
Every page of our website has a Donate button on the top right of the page.
Thank you and best wishes for a joyous holiday season!
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February 1, 2016 Next Deadline for Applications

February 1, 2016 is the next deadline for applications for funding for speech and communication therapies by Small Steps in Speech.  You may download the application and send by either mail, email or fax.  http://www.smallstepsinspeech.org/grant-application/individuals/.  Through a partnership with CASANA additional funding is available for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  Prompt Institute provides funding for children treated by a Prompt certified SLP.  For questions, contact info@smallstepsinspeech.org.

 

 

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September 2015 Newsletter: In the Spotlight

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Amanda

In the Spotlight:

Meet Amanda Charney, SSIS Founder

Small Steps In Speech is a national non-profit, but founder Amanda Charney’s mission to help the less fortunate extends beyond the borders of this country. For the past six years, after losing Marc, Amanda has embarked on summer journeys.

Some have been focused on healing and personal challenges, such as in 2011 when she ran a marathon in Alaska after a TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) session for women who lost loved ones in the military.   Other years she has travelled to impoverished regions of the world to do charity work with children. She’s done this on her own means, without the help of a sponsoring organization or tour guide. Amanda traveled to India in 2012, Tanzania in 2013, and China, Vietnam, and Cambodia in 2014 to volunteer her services as a Speech Language Pathologist in orphanages and schools.         

“It started as a pact between Marc and me for our bucket list,” Amanda says. “We wanted to see the seven wonders and continents.” After his death, fulfilling this pact became a way for her to remember him and self-reflect while still finding ways to help others. And more, she did it in order to prove that she could do it. “The best part is figuring out what as a human you can do by yourself. You have to put yourself in a scary situation, then put your faith in your gut and god.”

Going to these countries involved moments of culture shock for Amanda. At times she faced […]

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September 2015 Newsletter: Back to School Article

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Back to School Article

by Joyce Tierney, MS, CCC-SLP

Board Member SSIS and owner of Speak to Me Kids private practice

Are you worried about your child’s speech and language development?  Look below to help you determine if you should seek help for your child…

What is a speech and language disorder: 

Any disorder that affects the way a person understands and produces speech and language such as but not limited to :

  •    difficulty with comprehension of language
  •    speech sound disorder (articulation, pronunciation)
  •     motor incoordination of articulators (tongue, lips, jaw)
  •    difficulty with forming organized, grammatically correct statements
  •    struggles with word finding
  •    difficulty understanding body language, sarcasm and social pragmatic language
  •    stuttering
  •    hearing loss

Signs of a speech and language disorder:

  • between the ages of 6-12 months your child is NOT smiling, babbling, reacting to sounds around them, closer to 12 months your child is NOT pointing to objects/people
  • between the ages of 12-18 months your child is NOT  imitating, waving, using new words, demonstrating an understanding of simple instructions
  • between 18-24 months your child is NOT demonstrating a burst in language with up to 200 words by age 2, labeling familiar objects/people/pets, developing play skills,  identifying body parts, requesting
  • at 3 years of age your child is NOT commenting about their environment, engaging in simple conversations, demonstrating an understanding of basic concepts such as colors, prepositions, etc
  • at 4 years of age your child is NOT asking questions regarding their environment, using up to 5 words sentences, following more complex directions, identifying shapes, colors and letters

Ways to promote speech and language skills:

  • Model language- through song, play and routine activities
  • nursery rhymes
  • pat-a-cake
  • talk through daily routines (dressing, bathing, etc)Read books to your child […]
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September 2015 Newsletter: Thank You From a Grateful Mother

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Thank you from a grateful mother…

February 4, 2015Gabriel

Board of Directors,

Gabriel has just finished the speech therapy visits allotted to him by Small Steps in Speech.  We can’t thank you enough for giving our son the opportunity to receive speech therapy especially at a time when our resources were very limited.

Gabriel very much enjoyed the weekly therapy.  He warmed up to his new therapist in no time and worked hard throughout each session.  As Gabe’s mom, I was grateful to be allowed to sit and observe during all of his visits.  Hopefully, that experience will enable me to further Gabriel’s progress at home.

Gabriel continues to make slow but steady gains.  He is currently enrolled in the Preschool Program for Childhood Disabilities at our local school where he will continue to receive weekly speech therapy.

Thank you again for taking the time to read about our son and his challenges.  Approving Gabriel for the Small Steps in Speech grant has been a huge blessing to him and to our family.  May God continue to bless you in your very important work.

Sincerely,

Gabriel’s mother and father, Texas

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September 2015 Newsletter: Attention SLPs

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SLPs:  Do you know a family who is struggling to afford speech therapy?  We want to help!

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7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk

Thank you to the sponsors, participants and volunteers for another successful day celebrating Marc Small through On Your Marc 5K.

Did you attend the 7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk? If so, you might find yourself in the photos taken by The Times Herald.  If not, check them out and plan on attending next year! Click here to view The Times Herald photos from the 7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk.  If interested, individual photos can be purchased on The Times Herald site.

 

 

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