• September 2018!
    Welcome Back! Speech-language sessions are well under way! Each student was provided a folder with a sticker chart and program information. Most students have received the dice and dots worksheets that will be worked on in speech class throughout the year. These worksheets will replace the sound packets from last year. These sheets will also target specific language skills as well. Please have your child keep this in the 'keep at school' side/pocket of the folder.  When it's ready to go home, I will specifiy what needs to be reviewed. 
    For students working on targeted speech sounds we have a good system for student feedback and self-monitoring:
    Students will mark:
    + for correct sound production
     √ if they needed help or a repetition 
    − if they couldn't achieve proper production when provided help
    When reviewing the homework, the words with the √ should be reviewed. 
    For those working on language skills, a short note from me on what should be reviewed (if any) will be sent home on worksheets.
    »If items are reviewed at home a student can receive a sticker on the sticker chart if it's initialed or signed by a parent.
    Themes for Fall will include:
    Fall weather and clothing
    Apple/pumpkin picking
    Farm/Harvesting concepts
    Halloween concepts
    Thanksgiving concepts 
    Folders can be used as a means of communication. Have a question? Send in a note! Also, the best way to contact me is through e-mail or through the folder. 
    Most speech improvement classes have had their final session. Speech impairment groups will still meet and services are commensurate with school of attendance. I hope you all have a wonderful and restful summer break! If you have any questions about recommendations for next year, please contact me. If you are moving or changing schools please let me know so I can have paperwork ready to send to the new school. I am so proud of all the students they have made many gains in all areas!! 
    April 16:
    Happy Spring?
    Finding it a little difficult to bring out Spring materials....hopefully this weather breaks soon!
    We will be focusing on a baseball unit in April/May as well as Spring vocab and concepts. Speech improvement classes will end May 31st. Speech impairment classes will end commensurate with the IEP. Speech improvement students will receive a progress note in June with progress to date and recommendations for next year. This progress note will come home though the classroom folder. Parent input letters will be coming home as well. Students with an IEP, will receive their IEP in the mail through the mail, once the draft is finalized by the District Office. 
    The next few months will be filled with fun activities. Students will be working on winter weather-related words and concepts and Winter Olympics. Older students will be working on a Character Traits packet.
    I have also made a grammar packet for those working on these skills. 
    This is also the time of year, where students that are interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology come to observe and student teach. I will not have a student teacher this winter but may have a few students from local colleges come to observe me. If you have any questions, please contact me. 
    December 13th! 
    Warm wishes for a Happy Holiday Season! Students continue to improve! This month has been full of winter/holiday vocab and concepts. We have been working on 'wh' questions, following directions, using our best speech sounds, grammar and much, much more! 
    Holiday carryover: Have your child read a recipe using their best speech sounds. For langrage practice have them remember the sequence of the recipe! Ask them some comprehension questions and ask what kitchen utensils they may need to complete the recipe! 
    November 22:
    Super Duper provides some great resources and handy handouts for parents. I will be sending some of these handouts home but if you want to check out the site, it is a great resource for not only for speech and language but also for literacy, processing, memory, OT, sensory processing information and much more!! Happy Thanksgiving!! 
    November 1st:
    Students continue to work toward their speech-language goals. This month students will work on food/cooking and Thanksgiving related vocabulary and concepts
    IEP progress notes will be coming home soon. Progress notes for those in the speech improvement program will be coming home in December/January. If you have any questions at any time you can send a note home in the folder, send an email or call!
    We are back into the swing of things! Each student has been provided a folder to bring to speech and to organize their work. Students working on speech production skills, have received their sound packets. Last year, language packets were handed out based on topic/concept. This year, we will be working out of a few different workbooks and completing more interactive tasks. Students may be asked to complete tasks at home out of the workbook if difficulty is noted in a particular area. Copies will be made and sent home. As in the past, we will be focusing on themed-based vocabulary and language concepts. This year, there will be a heavy focus on listening skills, following directions and processing of auditory information as well as grammar skills. Sessions are organized to meet every student's needs.  
    Happy Halloween!!! 
    Welcome Back! 
    Speech improvement classes will begin mid to end -September.
    Speech impairment services will start the week of the date on the IEP.
    Students will be given a folder with days and times of speech sessions. These days and times may change throughout the year.
    If at any time you have any questions, please contact me. Contact info. is on the 'Welcome' page of my webpage. I travel quite a bit throughout the district, so email is usually the best means of communication. I will try and get back to you ASAP.
    Looking forward to another great year!! 
    Past Information below: 
    Students continue to make gains toward improving speech-language skills! Students are working diligently on the cause and effect packets and will move into problem solving packets. Again, if students are struggling in a particular area, review at home may be needed.
     We will continue to focus on weather related and theme-based vocabulary. Recently, we have focused on games that encourage phonological skills and word building. Such games include: Scrabble Slam, Word Shout, Campbell's Soup Scrabble, and three letter puzzle cards. These are excellent games to help improve literacy, rhyming, spelling, and phonological skills. These games even further enhance language when we discuss, parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, pronoun). We can also focus on sentence structure, grammar and articulation as we usually create sentences out of the words we generate during games.