LETTER NUMBER ONE:
November 15, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
Judy Paster has provided music and movement services to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s Preschool Program for Children with Hearing Loss since 2003. The children look forward to Miss Judy and her guitar and always ask when she is coming back. Judy uses the children’s personal FM systems and a soundfield amplification system when she is here which enables all the children to have auditory access to her songs. Each session is planned to coincide with the themes in the classroom and the children’s focus on listening and following auditory directions.
Many parents of the children have expressed that they are surprised to hear their children singing some of Miss Judy’s songs so clearly in the car or around the house. In the past, one child’s parents even provided funding so that the music program could continue, as they were impressed by how the program helped their daughter improve the rhythm and intonation of her speech.
Judy is very enthusiastic in working with the children with hearing loss in our program. We are very fortunate to have her services as a part of our program.
Please feel free to contact me if I may be of further assistance.
Alison G. Hefferan, M.A., CCC-SLP; Cert AVEd.
Teacher of the Deaf/Speech Language Pathologist
(610) 938-9000 ext. 6152
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Education Service Center
200 Yale Avenue
Morton, PA 19070-1918
Lawrence J. O’Shea, Ph.D.
Serving the Schools of Delaware County
LETTER NUMBER TWO:
Sara A. Crimm
340 Haverford Road
Wynnewood, PA. 19096
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing on behalf of Judy Paster, who was employed in our household from September 2009 through October 2010. Judy was responsible for after-school care for my teenage son who has autism and who functions with limited independence and compromised communication abilities.
Judy had full responsibility for my son’s care and took this task very seriously. She was an excellent communicator and did not hesitate to ask questions or report daily details. Judy worked hard to establish a friendly and caring relationship with my son, and she achieved this through music. Often their time together was spent playing familiar songs on the piano, playing favorite CD’s, or Judy playing her guitar and singing with him. Judy intuitively knew that using music would open the door to friendship, a difficult social goal for a teenager with autism.
Judy’s maturity, friendliness, love of music and ability to relate to individuals with special needs would make her an asset to any organization, school or program that would choose to employ her.