An elementary school speech-language pathologist has set out to do what some would consider impossible. In Snohomish, Washington, Carole G. Barton, SLP and author, set out to support one million struggling readers in 2021. When Barton was a little girl, her mother instilled in her a love and passion for literature. Many of Barton’s fondest memories with her mother are of times they spent reading together. Barton uses children’s books to teach her speech therapy students about friendship, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, social skills, and speech.
Barton has been working as a speech-language pathologist for over 25 years. The impact reading makes in her students’ lives acts as a constant reminder of the impact Carole’s mom made on her own life through literature. It was this constant reminder that inspired her to follow her dream of becoming an author!
Many students become discouraged in their reading journey because the reading material available to them is limited to picture books. Older students feel embarrassed to carry around picture books, causing them to not read at all. Barton plans to support one million struggling readers by using her upcoming release, The Friendship Adventure, to instill a love for literature in struggling readers. Barton goes on to say, "A family might not be able to afford to go to a different place, but in a good book, they can go on a journey."
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