Welcome! My name is Dina Irwin and I am thrilled to be the speech language pathologist at Ashley Falls Elementary School. This will be my 33rd year as a speech language pathologist and my 22nd year in the wonderful Del Mar Union School District. I work with students with a variety of communication needs. I provide services in the areas of receptive (what you understand) language, expressive (what you say) language, pragmatic/social language skills, articulation, voice and fluency.I have a B.A (from San Diego State University) and a M.A (from University of Pacific) in Communicative Disorders. I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech language Hearing Association, a license in Speech Language Pathology from the state of California and a California Clinical/Rehabilitative Services Credential. I am a frequent master teacher for graduate students in speech language pathology from CSUSM and SDSU.On a personal note, I have three children and I am a resident of Carmel Valley and the Ashley Falls community. All three of my children are Ashley Falls graduates! My son is a graduate of the University of Michigan and continues to live in Ann Arbor, my oldest daughter is a a graduate student at Virginia Tech where she also plays college soccer and my youngest daughter is a freshman at Canyon Crest Academy. Our family spends a great deal of time on the soccer field, at the beach and relaxing at home.My therapy lessons are developed with each child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals in mind. Children come to therapy to work on skills that are difficult for them. Therefore I try very hard to make therapy an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I believe strongly in the home-school connection. Only with all of us working together, can we ensure that every child becomes a successful communicator. I look forward to working with each child and helping them achieve that goal. It is going to be a great year!