“I’m not just a therapist, but an advocate for my students” – Sara Miller
Sara Miller, a speech language pathologist at an early childhood center in Carson City, Nevada. But she is doing more than just her “job”. She is changing the lives of her students. Sara provides speech therapy to around forty kids, ages 3-5, ranging in disabilities from being non-verbal due to intellectual disabilities to having developmental delays due to lack of exposure to the world. The needs and abilities of her students greatly differ also. Sara is helping parents and teachers alike better understand speech in children so they can align their expectations to be more appropriate to what the child can actually accomplish.
Sara Miller is making a significant improvement in the lives of her students. Many come in and their sole way of communicating is to say single words, throw things, or point at what they want. And more often than not, who they are trying to communicate with doesn’t understand and the child gets frustrated. So Sara is doing all she can to improve their quality of life. She has seen significant improvements in short amounts of time with her students. A few students who were on the spectrum of no words are now putting together two or three words. Even one student whose goal was to make eye contact is now saying one to two words. Sara is excited about their possibilities. Being able to communicate whether it is through a few words or entire sentences changes their life tremendously.
The students of Sara Miller go to her for speech pathology but leave with a friend, advocate, and a fan. She is the rooting for them to succeed. Sara believes her biggest job is to teach her students how to communicate so they can have a better way of life. While educating adults on how to help and what is a realistic expectation. A lot of her students come from foster care so Sara does all she can to make sure they feel significant and let them know that someone cares about them. Special needs children have a deficit to communicate their needs and wants, but Sara Miller is dedicating her life to improve these children’s’ quality of life.
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