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    Let's Talk!

    Mrs. Molisani       Mrs. Cauwels

    The Lyons Central School District employs two full time Speech/Language Therapy providers.  

     Mrs. Theresa Molisani, a Speech Therapist, has over twenty years experience in the Lyons Central School District. She provides services full time in the Elementary School building. 

    Mrs. Kerry Cauwels, a licensed Speech Pathologist, is also full time in the Elementary and Middle/HighSchool buildings. 

    The speech and language program is designed to meet the needs of the speech, language and/or hearing impaired student.  Children who receive speech/language services have focused instruction which is specific to each child's need. 

    The speech of a three year old should be understood most of the time. Many children have difficulty making speech sounds correctly which can make them hard to understand at times. Some students may need support to develop speech sounds such as /s/, /l/ or /r/. 

    Others may produce speech sounds correctly but need help with developing language skills. Instruction may include building listening skills, grammar and vocabulary knowledge and  improving categorization and association skills.  Building language skills may often increase classroom performance; helping the child succeed in his or her grade level. 

    Speech/ language services also include helping children with voice disorders and children who stutter.

    How does a child get speech/language services?

    Children qualify for services based on the student's level of ability. Students are recommended for the program based on speech and language screening or evaluation. Speech/language kindergarten screening is performed to determine speech/language strengths and weaknesses as they enter school. Some children have received speech/language therapy as a preschool student and may continue with therapy at the Elementary School. Many times the recommendation of the classroom teacher or the  school psychologist will prompt a speech screening or evaluation to determine the need for services. 

    Parents can also discuss speech/language concerns at any time with Mrs. Molisani or Mrs. Cauwels.  

    Most children can receive speech/language services as a related service within their child's regular education program. This means that they will not be seen within a special education protocol. This program is often called "speech improvement".

    Other children's needs may be met upon recommendation of the Committee of Special Education (CSE).  In accordance to Public Law 94-142, any student exhibiting a severe speech/language impairment is presented to the CSE  and may be provided an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

    When do children receive speech/language services?

    Children attend speech/language services within the school day. Severely impaired students are released from their classroom, on the average of 3 times a week to attend 30 minute intensive group or individual therapy sessions.  Children with moderate to mild speech/language impairments receive therapy one or two times a week.


     What should the Speech and Language of a six year-old be like?

    At age six your child:  should have correct articulation of most speech sounds, use many grammatical structures such as plurals, verb endings, and pronouns.  Your child should understand and follow verbal directions and can predict the next sequence of events in a four to five part story. Your child can ask why, what and how questions.

    How can I help promote better speech and language skills?

    Here's a few things that helps a child's language skills:

    Spend time each day when just the two of you can carry on a conversation.

    READ TO YOUR CHILD- Have your child read books to you or read more advance books to him or her.  Ask questions that classify items, "Show me all the pictures of things you wear, eat, find outside etc."

    Books help add new words to your child's vocabulary, so label the items as you read. Talk about how you use items you label.

    Tell a familiar story but leave out the words or parts of sentences for your child to fill in. Nursery Rhymes work well with this " Mary had a little _______"

    Have fun with the story, reading should not seem like a chore!  Let your child help pick out the story so it is interesting to him. Stories should be appropriate for the child's age and pictures should be clear with not too many objects on the page, yet tells the story.

    Play games with your child that involve reasoning and conversation. "I spy" games or "I'm thinking of an Animal" type of games that gives clues to describing an item or animal.

    Run errands with you that involve remembering a list of instructions (e.g. We need bread, milk, cheese and eggs at the store). 

    Make a simple recipe with your child that has easy step by step directions

    Language is happening all around you! Children learn language from direct interaction with parents and caregivers  and by listening to your model of speech. Have fun talking to your child!!