Congratulations! You have found your way to the SPEECH/LANGUAGE
page in the L. H. Kellogg website.
As a Speech/Language Pathologist, my job is all about communication. The "speech" part includes articulation, or clear production, of speech sounds. It also includes speech fluency (stuttering) and voice production. The "language" part is often confusing to people; receptive language means understanding what we hear (following directions), and expressive language means expressing what we know in an understandable way (grammar, vocabulary, sequencing stories, social language, etc.)
I currently get to know Kindergartners each fall as I screen them using the Phonological Awareness screening tool, called PASK. This is our way of checking each child's skills in rhyming, hearing separate words in sentences and syllables in sentences, and discriminating separate speech sounds within short words. These skills have been shown to be significant contributors to a child's reading foundation. Parents learn about the results at the November Parent/Teacher conferences.
Now that we are using the state's mandated system of Scientifically Research-Based Intervention, or SRBI, I am able to work with children who demonstrate some difficulty in their speech or language skills, without going through special education procedures. A parent would be informed of a teacher's concerns and the Student Assistance Team would discuss possible methods of helping the student make progress. If the child's response to my short-term intervention is not satisfactory, we might initiate a meeting with parents to discuss possible further strategies.
My assignment this school year includes Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday afternoons at Kellogg. The other days or parts of days are spent at Cornwall Consolidated and the high school. If you leave me a message, please have patience, as it may take me a day or so to respond.
If you have a particular communication question that you would like me to research and provide a link on this page, please feel free to make any and all suggestions.