JPPSS Speech Language Pathologist Recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

asha bannerBridget Seals, a speech language pathologist at Grace King High School, has been awarded the 2014 Rolland Van Hattum Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This award recognizes one individual for exemplary commitment and contribution to the delivery of audiology and/or speech-language pathology services within a school setting.

Seals was nominated for advancing speech therapy through her Communications and Broadcast program, a multimedia intervention program for special needs students first instituted at Grace King in 2004. The program mimics a television news broadcast format, with students creating and delivering a daily newscast that features current events, interviews, and school news. Due to its success in improving the communications and public speaking skills of participating students, the program has since been replicated in three high schools and piloted in two elementary schools and one middle school.

Seals’ colleague, Millie Mayeux, nominated her for the award, describing the Communications and Broadcast program as “an innovative, replicable service delivery program” that has had significant impact on students and the community.

“Bridget is a true advocate for her students,” Mayeux said. “She is eager to share her passion with parents, peers, professionals, and the community. Her commitment and contributions have been outstanding.”

Seals has received multiple honors for her work, including Walmart’s Teacher of the Year award and the Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award of Excellence from Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Louisiana Schools. Seals will be presented with the Rolland Van Hattum Award at the 2014 ASHA Convention on November 21, 2014 in Orlando, Fla.