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    Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year in

    Speech and Language! 

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    The objective of speech-language therapy is to integrate students' goals with academic outcomes and functional performance to be better communicators. In order to be effective communicators, speech-language therapy fosters necessary skills to communicate including verbal and written expression of language, understanding verbal and written language, and accurately producing target sounds.

     

     Here you can find resources on how to facilitate language skills at home as well as enhance speech sound production at home. This information is helpful to all families whether your child is receiving speech and language services or not. 

    Students who receive speech and langauge therapy typically experience difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

    Expressive Language:  The ability to express and sequence ideas clearly using correct grammar and syntax (word order).

    Receptive Language:  The ability to understand spoken language, follow directions, and make sense of classroom instruction. 

    Phonological Awareness:  Understanding that words are made up of sounds, sounds can be manipulated to change words, and sounds correspond to letters in print.

    Articulation/Phonology:  The ability to produce sounds in a manner appropriate to the child's age.

    Fluency:  The ability to communicate ideas without excessive repetitions and hesitations.

    Voice:  The ability to use correct voice volume, quality, and pitch.

     

    How to get involved in your childs' progress: 

    1. Your child will receive a speech folder at the beginning of the school year. Practice homework will be sent home periodically to reinforce your child's specific targeted goals. This may include completing a worksheet, activity, or orally practicing words. Please sign each homework assignment and return as indicated. This will help your child generalize the goals they are working on into the home setting! 

    2. Below are some fun resources that you and your child can access in order to continue working on goals at home! 

     

    If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me by email at dsirota@jacksonsd.org or write me a note in your child's speech folder. I am looking forward to a fun and successful year in speech! 

     

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