Welcome to Shelly's Communication Board,
a resource designed to support school-based
speech-language pathology services in Arkansas.
Shelly Wier received her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Central Arkansas. She has worked as a therapist for the Foundation School in Orange, CT, which serves children with severe disabilities, including those with autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and emotional disturbance. Returning to Arkansas, she was employed as part of the assessment team for the KIDS FIRST Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, developing the evaluation protocol in collaboration with other related disciplines and traveling statewide to assess developmentally at risk children, ages 0-5.
Since 1998, in association with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit, Shelly has served as the state consultant for school-based speech-language pathology services. Originally a part of the Easter Seals Outreach Program (an agency service grant), this position was merged with other individual consultants in 2010 to form the Arkansas Special Education Resource Consultants (AR-SERC). Upon adding coordination of the SLP Support Personnel Program in June 2018, Shelly's office was relocated to the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative.
She is a member of both the American (ASHA) and the Arkansas (ArkSHA) Speech-Language Hearing Associations, and participates on a variety of committees and work groups, including the Medicaid Therapy Advisory Council (TAC), as well as the State Education Agencies Communications Disabilities Council (SEACDC).
The state consultant provides a variety of general, targeted, and intensive services to support and advance the provision of speech and language services in the schools, including...
Consultation and technical assistance,
Provision of continuing professional education,
Distribution of professional news and information,
Facilitation of intrastate communication among speech-language pathologists, related service providers, and educational personnel, and
Maintenance of a resource and materials loan program.
As of June 2018, the state consultant also coordinates the SLP Support Personnel Program for the school districts and education cooperatives that have been approved to use this speech-language service delivery model, including...
Management of the program approval process
Provision of training and technical assistance, and
Review of compliance status.
Shelly is an invaluable resource and advocate for SLPs and their students. She clearly wants them to succeed and enjoys giving us the tools to do just that!
I learned from this experience and plan to use some of the techniques and approaches that you modeled. I’m glad to know we are speaking the same language and taking stakeholders in the same direction.
RTI Literacy Coordinator
State Personnel Development Grant
I always appreciate the time and research that is clearly presented in each of your professional development seminars. Supplemental resources used throughout to help to bring clarity and understanding to each topic. Great job and thank you!
Great in-service! Thank you for being such a wonderful support for school SLPs.