By Mickie Mason
Welcome to the Speech and Language Communication Classroom at Munson Primary. The team includes two Speech and Language Pathologists : Mickie Mason and Marah Bossard and Speech para-professional: Diane Ellis.
Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. They hold at least a master's degree and state certification/licensure in the field, and a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The SLP’s primary goal is to help students reach their maximum communication potential. The SLP will evaluate students to identify any speech or language problems and determine the best treatment plan.
Common speech and language disorders include:
Articulation-difficulty saying speech sounds
Fluency-stuttering or interruptions in flow of speech
Voice-problems with pitch, volume or quality of voice
Receptive and expressive language-difficulty understanding and using language
Pragmatic Language-social communication
The SLP uses a variety of therapy techniques such as modeling correct sound production, articulation and repetition exercises, and structured language activities in order to build speech and language skills. Speech para-professionals assist with therapy under the supervision of the ASHA-certified/state licensed SLPs.
We provide speech and language services for three year old children through second grade. Each month we participate in child find screenings for the birth through five populations. Child Find Clinic is held at Munson Primary. We encourage all parents to have their preschool children screened at child find clinic. Call 777-0151 ext. 1114 to schedule an appointment.