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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Exceptional Student Education, Northcentral University
  • M.A., Communication Disorders, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Communication Disorders, Biola University

Biography

Tonya Dantuma's teaching interests are in the areas of speech sound disorders, global issues and telepractice, and professional issues in speech language pathology. She teaches in both of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her courses include Speech Sound Disorders (UG), Clinical Phonetics (UG), Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, Advanced Capstone (Grad), and Advanced Speech Sound Disorders (Grad). Dantuma teaches with a teach, practice, do philosophy that allows students to learn using guided practice of assessment and treatment techniques, and an opportunity to apply those techniques to simulations and case studies. Dantuma leads two service learning trips to Belize and to Uganda, in which she teaches students therapy skills, cultural competence, and loving through actions. She is interested in the application of technology use and telepractice for meeting the needs of individuals who do not have access to speech-language pathologists. Dantuma integrates 'imago dei", all people are created in the image of God, as the foundation for all of her teaching. People with disabilities, people who are angry, people who are from other cultures, and who are different from us, are all created in the image of God. As children of God they deserve our best treatment, our deepest compassion, and our love.

Publications (Selected)

  • Similarities and Differences Between In-Person and Telepractice Speech-Sound Assessment Results (2014) SAGE Publishing
  • Is This Cute of a Speech Delay? (2011) Christian Home and School Magazine.

Presentations

Professional Trainings and Presentations

  • “Supervisor Behaviors at a Variety of Developmental Levels.” American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. November, 2012.
  • “Helping Children with Language Processing Disorders in the Classroom.” Association of Christian Schools International Conference, November, 2011.
  • “Knowing the Difference Between Normal Speech Development and a Speech Delay.” ASCI Early Educator’s Conference, Long Beach. May, 2011.
  • “Supervisor Behaviors for Effective Supervision.”. California Speech and Hearing Association Convention. March, 2011.
  • “When to Refer a Child to a Speech Pathologist”. Association of Christian School International Convention, Anaheim, November 2008.
  • “Language Development in Preschool Activities”. Plaza de la Raza Headstart Teacher Training, May, 2007.
  • “Preventing Inappropriate Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom”. Santa Fe Springs Child Development Program, Santa Fe Springs, CA.
    • Part 1: Preventing Misbehavior January, 2007.
    • Part 2: Goals of Misbehavior February, 2007.
    • Part 3: Positive Discipline March, 2007.
    • Part 4: Problem Solving for Specific Behaviors April, 2007
  • “Naturalistic vs. Clinical Intervention Strategies: Training for Bilingual Assistants”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program, March, 2007.
  • “Administering the ADOS in the Assessment of Preschool Child with Autism”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program Summer Conference, June 2006.
  • “Stuttering in the Preschool Child: Training for Bilingual Assistants”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program, April, 2006.
  • “The Role of Phonemic Awareness in Language Intervention: Training for Preschool Teachers”. Plaza de la Raza Headstart Teacher Training, October 2006.
  • “The Special Education Assessment Process for Preschool Aged Children”. Santa Fe Springs Child Development Program, September, 2005.
  • “Gathering a Language Sample: Training for Bilingual Assistants”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program, October, 2005.

Community Presentations

  • “Intellectual Disabilities Awareness”. Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Chapel, Biola University, October, 2008.
  • “Purposeful Parenting: Handling Difficult Behaviors” Building Healthy Families Conference, Rosewood Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, CA August, 2008.
  • “Purposeful Parenting: Developing a System of Discipline”. Building Healthy Families Conference, Rosewood Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, CA July, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Language Disorders
  • Pediatric Speech
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