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Weston Teacher Helps With Speech Impairments

WESTON, Conn. – Growing up, Rachel Aaron helped her deaf father hear what others were saying and interpreted what he was saying back to them.

“I’ve always been patient in helping people understand,” said Aaron. “The way my dad speaks is normal to me.”

Aaron translated this experience to a career in speech pathology. She was hired as Hurlbutt Elementary School’s speech pathologist after working in the Danbury school system for more than three years.

“I like working with students and being able to help them,” said Aaron. She remembers one student in her previous district who was nonverbal. Aaron was able to help her produce words by “practicing words and helping her move her mouth correctly, and put her tongue in the correct place.”

This summer was her third working at Weston’s special education summer school. Aaron received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Aaron works with students one-on-one, in small groups and in classrooms.

“It helps them progress in their educations. We use communication on a daily basis–they have to be able to follow directions and understand vocabulary in order to do well,” said Aaron.

Aaron helps students by playing games with them, doing arts and crafts and relating the projects back to the curriculum.

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