My name is Ms. Greenawald and I am the speech-language pathologist at Hopewell and Margaret Ross Elementary Schools! I received my bachelor's degree at Duquesne University and my master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year with your child!
Parent involvement is essential to school speech-language services. Please check your child’s take-home folder for homework. Students who return homework completed with a parent signature to Ms. Greenawald will receive play money, which they save for prizes! You are welcome to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 724.375.6691 ext.1310.
What is the role of a speech-language pathologist in the school?
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) screen, assess, and treat students with speech-language disorders. They provide services to these students in individual or group sessions. SLPs collaborate with classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and parents.
What is a speech-language disorder?
There are several speech-language disorders that can affect children, including:
Speech sound disorder – difficulty saying his or her speech sounds correctly
Stuttering – impaired rate and rhythm
Voice disorder – voice quality that sounds hoarse, harsh, or whispered
Receptive language – difficulty understanding concepts or a speaker’s message
Expressive language – difficulty expressing thoughts using age-appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure
Pragmatic language – difficulty using social skills, such as turn taking, topic maintenance, or knowing how and when to talk in a given situation
Can a speech or language disorder affect academic performance?
Yes. Students read, write, talk, and listen at school. All of these activities require language. A student with a speech-language disorder may have difficulty reading, understanding directions, answering questions, or understanding social cues in the classroom.
What should I do if my child shows signs of a speech-language disorder?
If you suspect your child has a speech or language disorder, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Where can I find more information on speech-language disorders?
Please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at http://www.asha.org for more information on speech-language disorders.