Speech and Language

  • Speech and Language Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, Program Design, Data Collection, Analysis, Compliance

    The Speech Team is comprised of Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

    How Do We Serve?

    • We serve by collaborating with principals and all school staff who work with Harrison students
    • We work with families to support students who need speech-language services
    • We screen kindergarten students to support Response to Intervention (RTI)
    • We work with students who have literacy difficulties. We have headed the GOLD CAMP kindergarten transition over the last two summers


    Early Communication Skills

    Ages 3-4

    • Hears when called from another room
    • Answers WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHY questions
    • Talks about school
    • Can be understood by a familiar listener
    • Uses 4 or more words in a phrase
    • Talks without repeating syllables or words

    How Parents can support at this age:

    • Make silly pictures and have your child describe why it is silly
    • Sort pictures into categories
    • Expand vocabulary by reading, singing, rhyming, discussing daily events, etc.

    Ages 4-5

    • Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions
    • Hears and understands most of what is said at home and school
    • Uses details in sentences
    • Stays on topic when telling a story
    • Says most sounds correctly

    How Parents can support at this age:

    • Talk about spatial relationships (up/down, big/little, first/last)
    • Form and explain categories
    • Increase vocabulary by reading, explaining meanings, and playing games
    • Memory exercises - remembering names, numbers, locations, etc.