The Speech-Language Pathology Department at Arkansas School for the Deaf provides a variety of services for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. These services are included but not limited to, identification of communication disorders through formal evaluations and treatment of these disorders. Treatment services provided include the areas of articulation, auditory skills, expressive and receptive language, social/pragmatic skills and phonological disorders. The SLP’s provide assistance in the maintenance of hearing aids, cochlear implants, and bone anchored hearing aids. Our SLP’s are an integral part of our instructional team at ASD, providing services for individual student’s needs in 1:1 setting, through an integrated classroom model, and specialized group services. Our SLPs also play an integral role in specialized programming and parent counseling for our students at ASD.
Beth Helms, M.S., CCC-SLP
Beth began her career at ASD working as a Speech Language Pathologist in 2015. She is a Little Rock local and Little Rock Central High School Alum. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. and later M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After working at ASD for two years and realizing children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) require instruction from professionals who understand their unique academic, linguistic, and technological needs, Beth decided to continue her higher education by completing a Listening and Spoken Language DHH Endorsement Program from Utah State University. Beth has been trained in IMSE in a modified Orton-Gillingham approach of Multisensory Reading Methodology, targeting direct teaching fundamental structure of language presented to students using their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning pathway. Beth spends the majority of her day working with preschool and elementary school students on auditory skill development, expressive and receptive language skills, social thinking and social skills, and phonological awareness skills.
Beth is an incredible asset to the ASD Speech-Language Pathology department. Her love for reading in her spare time contributes to her work ethic and knowledge within the field as well as ethics and efficiency. She always lends a helping hand to those around her for paperwork and technology questions. Beth is great at collaborating with teachers and parents and provides intelligent insight and suggestions. She is a leader not only among the student services department but within the lower school.
Julie Tobin, M.S., CCC-SLP
Julie started at ASD in 2016. She previously worked in public schools and private therapy in Wisconsin and North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she was introduced to ASL and Deaf culture. While working on her bachelor’s degree, she was also introduced to auditory approach to speech/language therapy with children who have hearing aids and cochlear implants by volunteering at an oral preschool. Julie completed her master’s degree at Idaho State University in 2012. Since starting at ASD, she has completed training for IMSE in a modified Orton-Gillingham approach of Multisensory Reading Methodology. In addition to that, she completed a Listening and Spoken Language DHH Endorsement Program from Utah State University that provides graduate-level coursework and practicum training opportunities for currently licensed SLPs.
Julie is a strong asset to the ASD Speech-Language Pathology department as a strong collaborator that is always eager to jump on board to help with anything that is asked of her. In the past Julie was also the ASD Track Coach where she was awarded National Deaf School Track Coach of the year in 2017. Julie lives locally with her husband and children where she likes to spend the majority of her time hiking and exploring the Natural State.