Beckham Linton earned a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology at Oklahoma State University and has been working in the field for 24 years. She began her career in the area of Neurorehabilitation in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas and quickly developed a special interest in working with people facing social cognitive challenges following traumatic brain injury.
Beckham and her family moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1996 where she worked as staff therapist and Director of the Speech-Language Pathology and Cognitive Rehabilitation departments at The Brain Injury Recovery Program, (currently named Center for Neurorehabilitation Services P.C.). Her responsibilities included evaluation and treatment planning for adults and children, cognitive rehabilitation program development, in-service training, client care coordination and public education. Beckham also served as staff therapist at The Speech-Language Stimulation Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado and managed a caseload including children birth to 3 years and teens/adults with voice disorders.
As her family grew, Beckham joined the Poudre Valley School District in 1999 where she served as a staff speech language pathologist for both elementary and middle schools supervising interns, developing in-service training programs and consulting with IEP teams across the district.
In 2003, Beckham relocated to Overland Park, Kansas and secured her current position in the Blue Valley School District. She quickly experienced an influx of students on her caseload whose significant social language challenges interfered with their ability to meet academic expectations, despite their strong verbal language skills. She also recognized that she and other SLP's were ill-equipped to effect real change in these students via traditional 'lunch group' social skills teaching methods, so with the help of one of her students' parents, Beckham began a search for more efficient and effective strategies. Her quest lead her to the work of Michelle Garcia Winner in Social Thinking and she has never looked back.
Greatly inspired, Beckham completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1in 2008 and Clinical Training Level 2 in 2009, and she attends yearly Social Thinking Conferences and collaborative meetings in order to stay current. In addition to her speaking and work in the public school system, Beckham runs a small private practice and has dedicated her career to sharing her passion for helping others become more effective communicators and personal problem solvers across all aspects of their lives.
Beckham enjoys a 28 year marriage and has 2 beautiful children. She loves reading, watching movies, family gatherings, dancing with 'the girls', morning yoga with my 'sis'and always looks forward to getting back to the mountains.
- Development and implementation of individual and group social language therapy programs for kids ages 5- 15.
- District wide teacher/parent continuing education talks on Social Language challenges
- Contributor: Facilitating Relationships! Six Second Stories and Other Social Communication Strategies. Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP and Gwynne McElhinney, M.S., CCC-SLP
- Received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE)
- Developed Metacognitive awareness training presentation for neuro-rehabilitation professionals
- Facilitator of the social support group for adults with TBI
- Facilitator of the collaborative group called the 'Social Think Tank' in Blue Valley School District
- Presenter: Social Thinking and The Story Grammar Marker: Strategies for Teaching Communicative Success and Personal Problem Solving
- Presenter: The Language-Thinking Connection: Language + Thinking = Communication
- Presenter: Social Thinking and BIST (Behavior Intervention Support Team)
- Contributor: Superflex and Friends Take on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the Common Core Standards
Financial: Speaker for Think Social Publishing, Inc. and receives speaking fees.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.