Maureen Mashas, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Speech/Language Pathologist
    phone717-561-1990  mmashas@cdschools.org  e-mail
    What Does a Speech/Language Pathologist Do?
    Therapy Delivery Models:
    1.   Pull-Out therapy with small group:  working in a separate room to improve skills
    2.   Push-In the classroom:  help speech/language skills improve using in class
    3.   Classroom-team teaching:  teaching a class together with the teacher
    4.   Consultation: talking with the teacher to improve student's speech
    5.   Whole group lessons:  teaching the whole class 
    Kinds of Communication Disorders:
    1.   Articulation Disorders: omitting or substituting sounds
    2.   Voice Disorders:  medically documented hoasemess, harshness or masality when speaking
    3.   Receptive Language Disorders:  Difficulty understanding infomation presented verbally or non-verbally
    4.   Expressive Language Disorders:  Grammar errors, word order, and vocabulary use in spoken langauge
    5.   Pragmatic Language Disorders:  Impaired knowledge for social skills, peer relationships
    6.   Autism/Asperger's Syndrome:   physician or clinical psychologist diagnosis, deficits in social skills.
    If you have questions regarding your child's speech/language development, please contact me for a referral and possible screening.  Parents will be contacted with the results.
    If your child currently recieves speech/language support:  continue to work in the speech folder sent after speech/language sessions.  Practice is imperative for success.  Meetings held annually, but can be scheduled at any time. 
    Helpful HInts:
    1.   More talking with your children is proven to increase their vocabulary and langauge skills. See the book "Meaningful Differences by Dr. Risley and Hart.
    2.  Reading is the best way to improve vocabulary knowledge.  Sounding out words to help your child read a word is fun and lets the child experience success.
    3.  Modeling and examples of correct adult speech is very improtant for learning.  Provide this for your child.
    4.  Games that involve talking and time spent in conversation with your child is improtant for growth.
    boyThanks for all your help at home!
    Mrs. Mashas
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