Ms. Karen Clapper will be involved in MileStone Academy’s academic success as she offers strategies to improve visual and auditory working memory to enhance language-based learning skills.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Karen Clapper to the MileStone Academy team! Ms. Clapper is collaborating with the staff and students at Milestone this fall. She is excited to be involved in our academic success as she offers strategies to improve visual and auditory working memory to enhance language-based learning skills.
Ms. Clapper is a Field Supervisor for LaSalle University, Temple University and Sallus University. She is a guest lecturer at Temple University and begun the process of obtaining her Board Certification from the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders.
Moreover, Ms. Clapper holds an Educational Specialist Certification Level I for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and licensed in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She has presented seminars to the Greater Philadelphia Apraxia Support Group, Pennsylvania Bar Institute as well as many school districts.
Ms. Clapper has developed a program supplying a step-by-step therapeutic approach for children addressing phonemic awareness to enhance language processing entitled PAILS: Phonemic Awareness Intervention for Language. She also developed AIM: Academic Improvement with Movement. This program trains teachers on the integration of movement and learning to perfect language processing skills and enhance academic performance.
Ms. Clapper received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she had the privilege of collaborating with a woman who owned a private practice in Indiana Pennsylvania. She was an excellent mentor and friend and presented Ms. Clapper the opportunity to complete numerous continuing education classes while working with clients ranging from preschool to geriatric. Her interest in child language and language processing was soon ignited as she was duel certified as an Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist. They shared an interest in auditory processing. Ms. Clapper worked within this private practice for 10 years before moving to the Philadelphia area. She began her practice in January of 1999, approximately one year after moving to Harleysville, Pennsylvania.
Presently, much of Ms. Clapper’s clinical work focuses on language processing and executive function disorders.
We asked Ms. Clapper 21 Questions And Here’s What She Said:
1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Near a beach!
2. What motivates you to work hard?
Pride in helping others.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
My two sons! They are great individuals!
4. What is your child’s proudest accomplishment?
My oldest son’s proudest accomplishment I would guess would be his family; wife, son 18 months and another boy due in December. My youngest son’s would be following his dream to work in the medical field. He recently began the Anesthesiologist Assistant program at Case Western in DC.
5. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Gravity by Sara Bareilles.
6. Have you ever had a nickname?
No, I haven’t.
7. How would your friends describe you?
Energetic, goal directed.
8. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?
Work at the perfect job – more fulfilling and less pressure 😊 I think I have the perfect job and I feel like a millionaire !!
9. If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
To offer others peace.
10. What is the longest you have gone without sleep (and why)?
The least amount of sleep I have had might have been 4 hours. I don’t do well without sleep. It was probably due to travel?
11. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
12. Is your glass half full or half empty?
13. What is the most unusual thing you have ever eaten?
Frog legs – taste like chicken 😊
14. Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
I didn’t have a favorite but I loved my kids teacher Love (yes that is her name) She taught my sons and me several good life lessons.
15. What song would you say best sums you up?
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett- “You never know what’s going to happen. You make plans and you hear God laughing. But I wouldn’t change it for the world”.
16. What was your first job?
Working at a concession stand at a park at 12 years of age.
17. How many languages do you speak?
Just one but would love to speak Italian fluently. I use to be quite fluent in sign language.
18. Who is the most intelligent person you know?
My grandfather was !
19. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
20. What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
K-Love and Word FM.
21. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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