Mrs. Suzanne Ortiz
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I received my Bachelor's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University in 1991. In 1994, I earned my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas. I have been working in the school setting since 1996 in the surrounding areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2000, my family and I moved to Tucson where I worked part-time for 8 years. In 2008, my family and I moved to Mesa and I am very excited to be starting my tenth year with the district.
My husband, Michael and I have 3 daughters. Our oldest, AnaLisa, started college this year at the University of New Mexico. While we're excited for her to start this new chapter of her young life, we will miss seeing and talking to her everyday. Our middle daughter, Elena, is at Red Mountain High School and loves volleyball, singing and acting. Iliana, our youngest daughter, is at Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies and loves volleyball and swimming. Needless to say they keep us very busy. As a family we are always going to sporting events (volleyball), movies or just laughing about our day's events together.
I will be here at MacArthur 5 days a week. I work with the students anywhere from once to four times a week for 30 to 45 minute blocks to improve their speech and/or language skills as written in their IEP goals. I use a sticker incentive system to encourage them to remember to attend therapy sessions, try hard, and return any assigned homework. Their articulation homework generally requires parents/adults to listen to them practicing their specific sounds for 5-10 minutes, at least 3 days/week. When students return their homework papers signed by their parent/adult, then they will receive an extra sticker. Once they earn 10 stickers, they can pick a prize out of the prize box. These prizes are small items--special pencils, erasers, small toys --no candy.
Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's work with me. My goal is for the students to improve in their communication skills as quickly as possible, but have some fun while they are working hard.
Suzanne Ortiz, MS, CCC-SLP