After working 31 years in USD 259, Speech Language Pathologist Cynthia Iseman was looking for a change. She wanted the opportunity to work with children and families to help them prepare for school. She found Rainbows.
Cynthia earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Wichita State University. While with USD 259, she worked with students with autism, positive behavior support needs and at Chester Lewis on the ECO team that evaluates children coming from Part C services. Her confidence and her enthusiasm for Rainbows are expressed in her mantra benefit everyone from families to co-workers.
Her normal workday at Rainbows is very different from her job with the school district. “The is BEST part of this job is there is no normal workday,” said Cynthia. “Every day is different and flies by. Basically, though, I go from home to home. I talk with parents about what their concerns or needs are for their children. I talk with them about the successes their kiddos have had since I last visited. I model strategies to help the parents increase what targeted skill they want to work on with their child, and then we make a plan on how they can work on this skill in the child’s daily environment until my next visit.”
“Interacting with the families and their children, it really is FUN,” she added. “However, what I have loved most about being here so far is how helpful my fellow service providers have been. I think my biggest achievement so far is making a transition from a job I had for 31 years and learning something new. If I’m confused or need help with paperwork, I reach out and in minutes I have several people who are emailing, calling or texting with help.”
Cynthia and her husband have 3 grown boys that they are lucky to be able to spend time with every week. Cynthia likes to play pickle ball, ski and work in the garden. She’s a huge basketball fan and loves to watch KU and WSU play.