• Hillsboro Deering Elementary School and Preschool

    Meet your Speech-Language Pathologists

    The Hillsboro-Deering School District has three full time speech and language pathologists with national certification through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), which is the CCC credential you will see after professional signatures.  They are also licensed in the State of New Hampshire through the Board of Allied Health Professionals.    These certifications and licensures allow them to practice in any setting - acute care hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, and private practice settings.   Certification and licensure requires a Master's level degree which includes intensive clinical practicums and supervision, including a full year of supervision after graduation.   These therapists have the same certification requirements as those who you might see in any other healthcare setting.  

    Two full time Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and two full time certified Speech Language Assistants (SLAs) are working from Preschool through grade 5, following an early -intervention model.  One fulltime Speech-Language Pathologist is working at Hillsboro-Deering Middle and High Schools.  Each year, the team will discuss caseload and intervention responsibilities and work together to determine how to meet ever-changing student needs and best match the students with therapists.  

    Emily Porter, CCC-SLP specializes in Preschool and Early Elementary education.   Emily received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.   She has experience working in both school and adult rehabilitation settings.   Ms. Porter has experience working with autism, severe developmental delays, apraxia of speech, augmentative/alternative communication, cerebral palsy, speech articulation and phonological disorders, dysphagia, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, tracheostomy, social skills, and voice disorders.   She currently holds a RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of North America) Assistive Technology Professional Certification.

    Amy Highstrom, CCC-SLP has over 20 years of experience, working in school, adult healthcare, home-based brith to three early intervention services, and private practice settings.  She has extensive experience working with a wide variety of both developmental and acquired communication disorders and impairments, including but not limited to autism, severe developmental delays and disorders, apraxia of speech, augmentative/alternative communication, learning disabilities, speech articulation and phonological disorders, dysphagia, social skills, and adult rehabilitation.   

    Dani Bond, CCC-SLP  is currently working in grades 6-12 at the Middle and High Schools.   She has over 20 years of experience working in school and healthcare settings across all ages of development and with a wide variety of communication disorders.   She has her own website link which can be reviewed in the Speech-Language Pathology home page.