• Speech/Language Resources

       

    Speech/

    Language

    Articulation: (pronunciation and talking) - the ability to physically move the tongue, lips, teeth and jaw to produce sequences of speech sounds, which make up words and sentences.

           Resources for this area: 

    • https://www.quia.com/shared/search - there are literally hundreds of games for your child to practice their target sounds (Ex: /r/, /s/, “ch”, “th”, etc) 
    • Talking Tom: (free for iPad, iPhone and Android) This app is good for targeting specific speech sounds. Have your child say his/her target sounds in words, phrases and sentences and listen to Tom repeat them. Then decide if it was a correct or incorrect production of that sound (Tip: turn off the “extra” features to focus solely on speech. 

    Expressive Language: the use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning and messages to others

          Resources for this are: 

    Suggested Board games to increase expressive language skills:

    • Scattergories - This game allows for practice of naming items in categories. Rapid naming tasks such as these help build and strengthen connections in the brain. 
    • Hed Bandz - This game is great to focus on a variety of language skills! It includes tasks such as describing, asking/answering questions and vocabulary. 
    • Apples to Apples - This game is perfect for working on word relationships, describing, comparing/contrasting and vocabulary. 
    • Guess who? - This is a great game for reasoning, describing, asking/answering questions and vocabulary. 


    Suggested apps:

    • Toon Tastic: (free with optional paid upgrades on iPad) - This app allows you to make your own animated films. You can draw your own set and/or characters, or use ones built into the app.
    • Super Duper Story Maker: (free with optional paid upgrades on iPad) Similar to Toon Tastic, this app allows you to make your own story book. 

                Both of these apps, provide great practice for language skills   such as grammar, turn-taking, social skills, sequencing and vocabulary. 


    • Mad Libs:  (free for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) This app is an excellent way to work on grammar and parts of speech. The old-fashioned paper and pencil version works too! 
    • Classify It! : (free for iPad & iPhone) This app targets categories, similarities & differences while allowing your child to learn about different types of animals. Various levels of difficulty. 

    Receptive Language: is the ability to understand words and language

    Resources for this are: 

    Fluency (for stuttering) : When you have a fluency disorder it means that you have trouble speaking in a fluid, or flowing, way. You may say the whole word or parts of the word more than once, or pause awkwardly between words. This is known as stuttering. 

    Resources for this are: 

    Pragmatics (Social language) -  refers to the social language skills that we use in our daily interactions with others. This includes what we say, how we say it, our non-verbal communication (eye contact, facial expressions, body language etc.) and how appropriate our interactions are in a given situation.

    Resources for this are: 

    Phonological Awareness: the ability to hear and manipulate sounds in spoken language. 

    Resources for this are:

    • HearBuilder Phonological Awareness app

     

       

     

Speech Therapy

  • The District has two speech/language pathologists, who provide evaluations through the Committee on Special Education, intervention services and collaboration and consultation with staff and students. They can be reached at their schools or by email.

    Jennifer Remauro
    Fort Montgomery Elementary School
    jennifer.remauro@hffmcsd.org

    Stacy Van Dam
    Highland Falls Intermediate School
    stacy.vandam@hffmcsd.org