This has been a great semester. I am blessed with wonderful students and wonderful parent support. I have seen such growth in their speech this year. I am looking forward to next semester and seeing just how far we go. FIRST….we must leave school for 2 weeks for winter break. I know many of you do not want to be away from school for that long, but we have no choice. I am sorry
We really are ready for a break. I hope you enjoy your time home with family and friends. Hopefully Santa will bring everything on your wish list (mine too)!!! So, rest up, recharge, and come back ready to give it your all. Your time here determines your future. Make the best of it!!!
With the weather changes we are now experiencing, we will be having more cases of colds, sinus infections, and ear infections. The following information is provided to increase the awareness of the role ear infections can play in your child’s speech-language development. *****This information is from an ASHA publication. Please see the end of the article for contact information.
“Mommy and Daddy, My Ear Hurts” (Otitis Media)
(Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA)
Next to the common cold, Otitis Media (fluid in the middle ear) occurs more often than any other illness among preschool-age children.
When the fluid is not detected it can cause hearing loss significant enough to affect the child´s speech and language development.
Facts About Otitis Media
CAUSES: A tiny passageway between the middle ear and the back of the throat called the eustachian tube keeps air pressure in the ear equal to outside air pressure. This tube also lets unwanted fluid drain out of the middle ear. If the eustachian tube gets inflamed from a cold, allergy, or infection, it will not drain the fluid, and the fluid may become infected.
* AGES: Otitis Media can occur at any age. However, it occurs most often in infants and toddlers because their eustachian tubes are small, nearly horizontal, and easily blocked. Two-thirds of all children have at least one ear infection by age 3, and one-third have three or more infections.
* WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Your child may have pain and fever. However, pulling or scratching the ears, irritability, misunderstanding directions, wanting the television louder than usual, and listlessness may also be signs of chronic or recurring infections or chronic fluid in the middle ear. See an audiologist and speech-language pathologist.
The audiologist can assess the severity of any hearing loss. The speech-language pathologist can find out if the middle-ear problems have slowed down your child´s speech and language development. If so, remedial programs can be offered.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional and scientific society that represents 81,427 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language and hearing scientists. ASHA´s mission is to promote the interest of its members, to provide them with the highest quality services, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities. ASHA´s Consumer Affairs Division provides an information and referral service on a broad range of speech, language and hearing disabilities for both children and adults.
For additional information on this topic or other speech, language, or hearing disabilities, contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 1-800-638-8255 or (301) 897-8682 (Voice or TTY).
It’s here!!!!! The first day of school. It was great to see all of my Southside friends this morning. I am set for a busy, wonderful school year. This week, the speech pathologists will be evaluating our incoming pre-school students and preparing our plans for them. Over the next few days, I will be “tracking down” my students from last year. I can’t wait to see how much you have improved over the summer!!!! I will begin scheduling as soon as I have my student updates completed. Hang in there speech friends, the fun will begin soon!!!!
Hello Speech Friends!!!
It is almost time…I will see you soon:)
Our students are working so hard!! Next week is one of the most exciting weeks of school. The students get to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW!!! We will not have the scheduled morning sessions next week. I will be assisting in the testing process..Good luck to all Southside students!!!
If you are looking for something fun and educational for your child/student to do on the computer, check out this site!!!
Welcome Ms. Michelle Hoban!!! Ms. Hoban is a graduate student at Eastern Kentucky University. She is completing her externship requirements for the public school setting. We are very pleased to have her with us this semester!!
We have not had a lot of snow days so we are accomplishing great things. We can do wonderful things when we are at school!!! I have seen so much progress in many of my students since winter break. Keep up the great work!!!!
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If you have children that are young babies through pre-school age, check out this website..
There is a section "Just For Moms"
If you want to try something different to engage your students, check out this link
I would like to take this time to thank my "Southside" and "St. Edward" family for helping me through the past 2 weeks. Your many kind words, actions, and prayers helped my family in dealing with the sudden and tragic loss of my "dad". I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such caring people.