• Message to Parents:
    I am so excited to begin another year focusing on improving your child's communication skills!! Communication between teacher and parent is so important to help your child reach his/her fullest potential. Please contact me via email at debbie.goldhecht@monroe.k12.nj.us or call me at (732) 521-1101 ext. 7608 at any time! It is my pleasure to speak with you!
    Speech and language goals are achieved with more success when there is carryover at home. Speech homework will be given weekly and placed in your child's speech notebook/folder. This allows you to see the skills that they are learning in speech class as well as encourage carryover at home. Work that has been completed in class as well as homework will be included in your child's speech folder. If homework has not been assigned for the week, please encourage your child to look over  previous activities. If your child is experiencing any difficulties, please let me know so that I can make modifications to his/her program. Please review with your child and sign homework so that your child can earn a sticker. When five stickers are earned, he/she will receive a prize from the treasure chest. Additionally, speech/language activities will be posted online which can be practiced at home. I have just added a few new activities for the 2017-18 school year which I think your child will enjoy!! Please let me know via note or email which activities were completed so that your child may earn additional stickers and/or prizes.
    Upon completion of signed homework, your child will also be entered in a school wide speech raffle. These raffles will be drawn 3x a school year. When your child completes an online activity, he/she will earn an additional raffle ticket. Please do not forget to notify me so that he/she can earn credit!
    Please check for informational websites and articles  to assist you in understanding your child's speech and language program!
    What exactly are speech and language services?
    Children may be enrolled in speech/language classes if their speech and/or language adversely affects their educational performance in one or more  of the following:
    1. Articulation Disorder refers to an error(s) in speech sound production. Children with articulation disorders may substitute sounds (/fum/ instead of /thumb/), delete sounds (/bu/ instead of /bus/, add sounds and/or distort sounds. Individual sounds develop by certain ages. If a sound is not developed by the expected age, the child may have an articulation disorder. 
    2. Language Disorder can be defined as a significant delay in the use and/or understanding of spoken or written language. The disorder may involve the content or meaning (semantics),  the form of language (phonology, syntax and morphology) which refers to the sound system  and grammatical rules of language and its use (also known as pragmatics or the way we use language in social situations).
    3. Fluency Disorder is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called "disfluencies". Children may demonstrate repetition of sounds, syllable and words; prolongation of sounds; avoidance of words and/or silent blocks. Secondary characteristics such as eye blinking may be observed as well.
    4. Voice Disorder is characterized by the abnormal production and/or absences of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration, which is inappropriate for an individual's age and/or sex. Vocal abuse/misuse(excessive yelling) may lead to chronic hoarseness.
    A child may be referred by a parent or teacher.
    Should you have any questions about the process for referrals or wish to discuss your child's current speech/language program,  please feel free to contact me at debbie.goldhecht@monroe.k12.nj.us or call me at (732) 521-1101 ext.7608.