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Real Talk: Advanced Conversational Skills for Teens

Miss Suzanne (M.A., CCC-SLP)
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(111)
Teen learners will develop greater understanding of social skills, effective communication, conversational skills, and communicative confidence that will help them in a variety of real-world situations.

Class experience

Learners will develop a tool box of communication/social skills to use in a variety of social situations that are realistic and applicable to teen life today.
Suzanne holds an M.A. in Education - Speech-Language Pathology, and a B.A. in Linguistics (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Campuswide Honors Program, Linguistics Honors Program), with an emphasis in Sociolinguistics and a secondary emphasis in Historical Linguistics. Her Honors thesis, "'Like', 'go', and 'all' in the speech of Southern California youth," (1996) reflected her desire to understand how language is actually used. In high school, she was on drill/dance team and in theatre, belonged to a slew of clubs, played in two string ensembles, was an award-winning creative writer, and was a National Merit Commended Scholar. 

She is a speech-language pathologist, an educator, and a parent of three kids (two teens, one elementary-aged) with various special learning and health needs. She is also a twice-exceptional/NAT individual. 

She has experience (as a professional, a parent, or a volunteer) across the full spectrum of education, including public school, private school (secular, Christian, International Baccalaureate), homeschool, homeschool co-op, online school, de-schooling, mainstream education, special education, special day class, Deaf/HOH schools, and day care. She is familiar with a variety of curricula and has also developed her own curricula. She has approximately 20 years of experience as speech-language pathologist, and has been volunteering in schools since she was a fifth grader (more years ago than she'll admit). She has dedicated her life to lifting children up and supporting their educational and socio-emotional needs. 

In her spare time - when she has any - she is a performer (dance production, modeling, on-screen acting), takes voice lessons, manages her daughter's acting career, reads voraciously, plays multiple instruments, goes to the gym, tends to her garden, slays at real estate investing, and takes walks with her dog and her husband.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
no tests
Grades Offered
no supplies needed
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Teen life can involve seeing or hearing others discuss vaping, smoking, drug use, drinking, dating, internet usage, safety, divorce, driving, music and lyrics, afterschool jobs, harassment, bullying, etc. These topics will likely be touched on. There will be NO outright discussion of sex or sexual activity (if a learner introduces the topic, the teacher will segue off of the topic and keep the focus on communication and social skills). If parents have any questions about particulars, please feel free to message the teacher.

Both neurotypical and neurodiverse (and everything in between!) learners are welcome. All gender expressions (binary, nonbinary, fluid, etc.) are respected. Secular and religious views are recognized. 
Teacher creates curriculum. Research sources will be cited as needed (which also supports learners in the development of learning how to cite sources when they are writing reports and essays).
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(111)
Greetings! I'm a speech-language pathologist, homeschool/public/private school mom, and Outschool parent who was moved to share her love of learning. I'm also a parent of children who qualify for supports and services via Section 504... 
Group Class


1x per week
30 min

Completed by 57 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-7 learners per class

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