Hello! My name is Maria Young, the speech-language pathologist at Bryan Middle School. The 2019-2020 school year will be my 3rd year here. My primary role as a school-based SLP is to assess, diagnose, and treat students with communication disorders. I help support our students who may have difficulty with speech, language, social communication, fluency (stuttering), and executive functioning skills.
Last year, we started a special education student-run coffee cart at our school that delivers coffee and pastries (graciously donated by International Bakery here in town) to teachers around the building. This wonderful program helps our Alternate Curriculum Program students learn necessary life, social, and job skills to prepare them for the future.
This year, we are also running a “Circle of Friends” group to support our students with autism, which is being funded by a grant from the Autism Action Partnership and the Nebraska ASD Network. This program involves typically developing peers who are trained to model and facilitate social skills development in our students on the spectrum. The students receive opportunities to participate in fun and engaging activities throughout the school year in effort to foster new and lasting friendships. Studies have shown that “Circle of Friends” help to reduce bullying, increase the quality of social interactions for children with disabilities, develop empathy and caring in peers, and increase academic interactions. See this website for more details: https://www.unl.edu/asdnetwork/what-circle-friends
I was born and raised here in Omaha, and I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha for both my bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech-language pathology. When I am not at school, I enjoy being with my husband, friends, family, and our cat and dog, Luna and Sagan. I love baking, reading, taking the dog for walks, and binging Netflix!
I am happy to be here and I look forward to serving the students, staff, and community of Bryan Middle School this school year.
Please feel free to call, email, or stop by the school if you have any questions for me.
Maria Young, M.S. CCC-SLP
Bryan Middle School
P: (531) 299-6801