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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

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:

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

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:


 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




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




Barrier Games


Grammar and Syntax at Home


Humor as a Learning Tool






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




Humor as a Learning Tool


Behavior Management


Personal Space


Positive Reinforcement


Asperger Syndrome






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






Causes and Treatment for Stuttering


What do you know about Stuttering




Vocal Nodules


The Voice and Vocal Abuse