WHAT IS A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST?
Speech-Language Pathologists are required to have a Master's Degree and an Educational Staff Associate state certificate. Most of the Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) in the Issaquah School District are also members of our professional organization, the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Membership in ASHA requires an additional year of supervised clinical practice beyond the Master's degree. Many of the SLPs in the Issaquah School District also have state licensure through the Department of Health. To maintain our credentials, SLPs take continuing education classes.
WHAT IS SPECIAL EDUCATION?
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WHAT IS AN IEP?
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Areas of IEP service for Communication may include:
WHAT IS CHILDFIND?
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The Issaquah School District's ChildFind Program is designed to locate and offer assistance to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, between the ages of birth and 21, who may have developmental delays or learning problems. Early identification of problems can make a big difference in a child's future school success.
Identification for 3-5 year olds
Free screenings are provided for children between the ages of three and five to identify preschoolers with possible delays in speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive/concept development, social skills, adaptive skills, and behavior. Screenings typically occur one time each month throughout the school year.
If you have questions or concerns about your preschooler's development or to schedule a screening please contact the our ChildFind Coordinator, Barbara Toledano at (425) 837-5693 or email her at email@example.com.
BIRTH TO THREE
Identification for Infants and Toddlers
For infants and toddlers, birth to age three, the Issaquah School District has contracts with local agencies to determine if your child is following a typical pattern of development. If your child demonstrates developmental delays, he/she can receive intervention services through these birth to three agencies. For more information, contact Birth to Three Transition Specialist/ChildFind Coordinator, Barbara Toledano at 425-837-5639 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINKS TO HELPFUL WEBSITES
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Welcome to Ms. Danielle's Communication Page!
ABOUT ME: Hello! Welcome! My name is Danielle Barber and I am the speech-language pathologist for Briarwood Elementary, and also support the Briarwood Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. My students call me "Ms. Danielle". Welcome! I have the best job in the world!
Some children have a hard time knowing how to appropriately match their reactions to the problems they encounter. This activity is a good way to practice matching small reactions to small problems and large reactions to large problems.
This link is to a wonderful resource, The Stuttering Foundation. Specifically, this article is about what you can do as a parent of a child who stutters. It is quick and parent friendly – enjoy!
What can you do to help your child with their stuttering while they're home?
Looking for a fun and entertaining game to address the "sh", "ch" and "j" sounds? Try out this version of "Would You Rather?"
Even if your child is working on something different, this activity can still be very meaningful.
Working on /r/? The word "rather" has two of them!
Working on "th"? You'll see a lot of the word "the" and "rather"!
Working on fluency? Practice using your strategies such as eye contact, slow rate and light contacts
Working on language? Give detailed answers about why you would/wouldn't choose a certain thing. Describe what certain scenarios would look like/feel like/sound like.
Working on social communication skills? Discuss how other people might react to certain situations. What do you think your brother/sister would pick? Why?
If your kids are looking for a challenging way to practice their speech sounds, try Tongue Twisters! Tongue Twisters are good for students who can produce their sound well in single words and are working on saying them well in short phrases. This website has tricky phrases organized by sounds. Practicing the "th" sound? Try "three free throws". Working on "sh"? Try the old classic "she sells seashells". Listen to the audio to hear what the words should sound like. First they will be slow, and then they will get faster. Can you keep up?
Tongue Twisters for Kids
Alice in Wonderland Interactive Book
If your student is working on language skills, this interactive Alice in Wonderland book on Scholastic.com would be a great way to practice describing skills. Click on the link above to be taken to the story. As you and your child look at the story together, have them describe what they see happening. If you move your mouse over different characters, they will make sounds or move, so there is lots to talk about! If your child isn't sure how to describe what they see, model it for them and see if they can copy your words.
If you have any questions about your child's current speech/language goals, please contact me!
JANUARY - ISSUE 1
For information about Issaquah School District's preschool programs such as ECEAP, ECE and ChildFind screenings, click HERE.
DECEMBER - ISSUE 2
When buying gifts for your preschool age children, there are some great options out there that will support your child's speech and language skills. Check out this list from SLP blogger Katie Yeh at playingwithwords365.com for some classic gift ideas!
IDEAS TO HELP SUPPORT SPEECH AND LANGUAGE AT HOME
Tips to Help Manage Your Kids’ Video Games and Mobile Apps
Speech-Language Pathologist, Karen Krogg, offers some wonderful family friendly tips for how to support speech and language development at home. Click the link below to view her blog and learn more about how to work with your little ones on their communication skills.
Thanks for reading!
Does your child love to play with cars? SLP Blogger, Jenna Rayburn, shares her tips and tricks for how to use cars to work on speech and language skills. Whether your child is working on speech sounds, building their language, or improving their social skills, play with cars (or other vehicles like boats and trains) can be hugely motivating and a great way to work on their goals at home! Check out Jenna's blog post below.
We know from the plethora of research out there that READING to our children is one of the best things we can do to help develop their language. Read, read, READ! But…are all books created equal?
Check out this wonderful blog post from SLP Katie Yeh to learn more!
Looking for great ideas for expanding language using fall and Halloween stories? Popular SLP blogger, Katie Yeh, has wonderful suggestions for stories and activities for your preschool age kiddos!
Thanks for reading!
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Ms. Danielle’s Expectations