Silly Willy is the creation of Joan Shaw, a speech and language pathologist and former early childhood teacher of kindergarten, first, and second grades. Joan recently retired from her SLP position with Boston Public Schools. She created Silly Willy while doing clinical work in grad school for a young student who had trouble making the /s/ sound. Since that time, she has made Silly Willy in various forms for her own work in BPS and to give to friends in education and speech pathology. The popularity of Silly Willy blossomed into a small cottage industry and now Joan is producing Silly Willy in larger volumes for sale to interested SLPs, special education teachers, and early childhood educators. She exhibits at several conferences per year, so look for the Silly Willy and Friends booth whenever you are out acquiring your PDPs.
Joan Shaw holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She taught in Washington state for 15 years and in Japan and Germany for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools for 5 years. She completed a Master of Science in Communication Sciences at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language Pathology. A recently retired Boston Public Schools speech language pathologist, she is now working steadily on creating Silly Willy and Funny Frog for creative educators and therapists.