May is Better Hearing and Speech month! Here are some concerns and tips for
improving your child or student’s speech, language, and hearing skills for our
first week of May.
-Children must be provided with stimulation to promote and increase development
of speech and language skills. Increase the quantity of verbal interaction with
your child/students. Describe and label often to provide a model.
-The second most common reason for special education services in public schools
is speech/language impairment (ASHA, 2015). Collaborate with your school or
clinic’s Speech-Language Pathologist to understand how speech and language
skills can impact your child/students academic and social performance.
-“By the first grade, roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders”
(NIDCD, 2010). By first grade children/students should have developed all
phonemes with the exception of r, th, s, and z. These sounds should be emerging.
-By the end of first grade children/students should be able to answer “who,
what, when, where, and why” questions. Provide frequent comprehension checks
while reading aloud to your child/students or when the child/student is reading
independently. Ask students questions that go beyond the text for a deeper level
of understanding. Use visual supports when possible.
-With the increase in rigor from State Standards in Speaking and Listening,
students are expected to comprehend and collaborate with diverse partners by
participating in conversations and discussions, following agreed-upon rules,
building on others’ points, asking for clarification, and asking and answering
questions. Speech-Language Pathologists have extensive knowledge regarding the
underpinnings of language. SLPs can provide ideas for accommodations,
modifications, and interventions relating to speaking and listening skills.
For more information, visit: http://identifythesigns.org/