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Speech and Language

Welcome to Speech and Language at Bordentown Regional Middle School

As the speech language pathologist serving your child's school, I would like to share some information with you about communication disorders. I would also like to tell you what we can do together if your child needs help with speech and language development.

The ability to communicate is perhaps the most important skill your child will acquire. Communication skills permit your children to make sense of their world, to express themselves and to learn. Because these skills are central to success in school, early identification of a problem is crucial. Once a child with a communication disorder is identified, the appropriate treatment and the involvement of parents often make the difference between failure or frustration in school and a successful school experience.

Just as a reminder, here is an overview of typical speech and language services:

  • Articulation/Oral Motor Therapy:
    • Children who experience difficulty producing speech sounds. Additionally, some children experience weak tongue or lip muscles, as well as, some difficulties coordinating  movement of structures in the mouth during speech.
  • Voice/Fluency Therapy:
    • Children who experience hoarse or raspy voice quality. Children who experience repetition or prolongation of sounds, words or phrases during speech.
  • Language Therapy:
    • Children who have difficulty understanding or using language such as delayed vocabulary, syntax/grammar or answering/asking questions.
  • Auditory Processing:
    • Children who experience difficulty distinguishing and discriminating speech sounds, difficulty understanding in background noise, comprehending word meaning, sequencing skills and/or problem solving.
  • Pragmatic Language:
    • Children who experience difficulty using language in social contexts such as greeting others, introducing conversations, making eye contact and/or using proper body language.
  • Hearing Impairment and the Hearing Handicapped:
    • Children who experience hearing loss may receive therapy for articulation, voice and/or language.

If you have any concerns about your child's communication skills, please contact me at school. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to help your child develop better communication skills.

Gail Katz M.A. CCC-SLP

gkatz@bordentown.k12.nj.us

609.298.0674 x 1144

The following organizations provide information about speech, language, and/or swallowing disorders and some sponsor self-help groups.

AboutFace U.S.A.  888-486-1209

Autism Online Support Group

Autism Society of America  800-3-AUTISM, ext. 150  301-657-0881

Babies and Sign Language

The Brain Injury Association  703-236-6000

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association  412-767-6589  412-767-0534 (Fax)  E-mail: helpdesk@apraxia-kids.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)  301-306-7070

Disaboom.com  Online community for individuals living with disabilities

International Dyslexia Association  800-ABCD-123  410-296-0232

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)  412-341-1515

National Coalition of Parent Centers

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, Inc.  800-795-6732  E-mail: NSDA@dysphonia.org

National Stuttering Association  800-937-8888  212-944-4050  212-944-8244 (Fax)

The Selective Mutism Foundation  P.O. Box 450632  Sunrise, FL 33345-0632

Selective Mutism Group-Child Anxiety Network

Signing with Your Baby

Speak Easy International Foundation  233 Concord Drive  Paramus, NJ 07652  201-262-0895

Speech Disorder  A United Kingdom-based organization providing resources and information about speech and language disorders

Stuttering Foundation of America  800-992-9392  901-452-7343  901-452-3931 (Fax)

TASH  410-828-8274  410-828-1306 (TTY)

United Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc.  800-872-5827  202-776-0406

WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club  317-257-4246  E-mail: webmaster@webwhispers.org

 

 Below please find links to informational handouts on various speech and language related difficulties.  

Articultation/Phonology Information

 

Articulation Practice at Home

 

Tell Me About Tongue-Tie

 

How Do We Talk

 

Tongue Twisters as a Therapy Tool

 

What is a Lisp

 

Types of Articulation Errors

 

Phonological Approaches to Therapy

 

Why is "R" so Difficult

 

Articulation: When should I worry if my child is behind

 

English vs. Spanish Articulation Errors

 

Encouraging Speech Sounds Through Reading

 

What are Phonological Processes?

 

Creative articulation practice at home

 

Phonological Processes

 

Placement Cues for Articulation

 

Good Oral Habits for Speech Production

 

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

 

Auditory Processing

 

Using Sports to Teach Different Skills

 

Conjunctions Join Thoughts and Ideas

 

Cochlear Implants

 

Cooking-A Recipe for Success

 

Is my child ready to go to the next grade?

 

Unique Communication Needs of a Teenager

 

Community Helpers

 

Executive Functions

 

Auditory Processing

 

Holiday and Seasonal Activities

 

Teaching Board Games

 

Following Directions

 

Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders

 

Hearing Loss

 

Helping Students with Listening Comprehension Difficulties

 

Homework Tips

 

Difference Between ADHD and Auditory Processing

 

Phonemic and Semantic Cues

 

Ear Infections

 

Language

 

Using Sports to Teach Different Skills

 

Conjunctions Join Thoughts and Ideas

 

Cooking-A Recipe for Success

 

Unique Communication Needs of a Teenager

 

Executive Functions

 

Teaching Board Games

 

Following Directions

 

Puzzles

 

Barrier Games

 

Grammar and Syntax at Home

 

Humor as a Learning Tool

 

Analogies

 

Idioms

 

Graphic Organizers

 

Word Retrieval Difficulties

 

Tiers of Vocabulary

 

Quality Time with your kids leads to strong language skills

 

Life is Full of Language

 

Language Lessons in the Home

 

What are Basic Concepts

 

Pragmatic Language

 

Using Sports to Teach Different Skills

 

Unique Communication Needs of a Teenager

 

Teaching Board Games

 

Puzzles

 

Humor as a Learning Tool

 

Behavior Management

 

Personal Space

 

Positive Reinforcement

 

Asperger Syndrome

 

Autism

 

Autism-Basics

 

Autism-It might not be what you think

 

Joint Attention Skills

 

Helping Children with Autism Build Peer Relationships

 

I think my child has Autism

 

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

 

What is Selective Mutism?

 

Can pictures help children with Autism?

 

What is Asperger Syndrome?

 

Good Social Skills at Home

 

Teaching kids to self-manage their behavior

 

Encouraging Good Behavior

 

Stuttering

 

Cluttering

 

Causes and Treatment for Stuttering

 

What do you know about Stuttering

 

Voice

 

Vocal Nodules

 

The Voice and Vocal Abuse