Heather Vangerud-Hurley

Heather Hurley-Vangerud graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona in 1984. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Arizona and worked as a pediatric and neonatal intensive care nurse at the University of Arizona Medical Center and a pediatric nursing instructor at Pima Community College for 8 years prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist. While in nursing, she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, national nursing honor society.

Heather began her SLP career working with adults in hospital rehabilitation, clinic and home care. Her professional experience included 2 years at Stanford Medical Center. Her love of children resulted in establishing pediatric practice in all of these settings. She was a clinical instructor responsible for the supervision of graduate students at The University of Arizona Speech-Hearing Clinic. Most recently, Heather worked as an educational speech-language pathologist with the Schools of Eastern Carver County. She worked with preschool to high school students during her 22 years with the school district. She continues to substitute teach in special and regular education classrooms. Heather has an interest in Narrative Based Language Intervention and helped to implement use of this programming in the school district through district wide presentations.

  • Minnesota Speech-Language and Hearing (MSHA) annual conference (2015, 2016)
  • Topics in Language Disorders (TLD) self study program
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association ( ASHA ) Online Continuing Education
  • Social Thinking Providers (2012, 2013)
  • Theory of Mind (2015)
  • Language and Literacy ( 2016 MSHA)Memory and Word Learning (2015)
  • Practical Assessment and Treatment for second language learners (2016)
  • Books that Make a Positive Difference (2015)
  • Bilingual and Multicultural Practices (2015)
  • Integrating Expertise to Improve Outcomes (2015)
  • Turning Problem Behaviors into Effective Communication (2016)
  • Speech Language Goals that Reflect the Common Core Standards (2015)
  • Promoting Development of Grammar Skills (2015)
  • Narrative Based Language Intervention (2012)
  • Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories (2013)