Miss Barnett- Speech Language Pathologist
We are just getting started this year! We are currently working on getting into our routine, learning school expectations, and getting to know each other. STAY TUNED 🙂
A little about me: I am a Terre Haute native! I graduated from Indiana State University with my bachelor and master degrees in Communication Disorders/ Speech Language Pathology. I have worked doing speech therapy in schools and nursing homes, but school-aged kids are my favorite age to work with! Outside of school, I enjoy outdoor activities and hanging out at home with my two crazy pups!
Favorite quote in my classroom: “What you do matters and how you do it matters.”
SPEECH- SOUNDS: Scavenger hunts around the house looking for items that contain your student’s specific sounds. Memory/ matching games with picture cards containing speech sounds. Go fish with picture cards. Gameboards are a good way to motivate kids while they practice speech– all you would need is a list of words with your student’s sounds and they could say a word off the list 3 times before taking each turn. ANYTHING that gets them practicing at home is going to benefit them! The more they practice the quicker their brain will remember how to produce these sounds correctly, and soon they will be using correct speech not only with me but in all places!
LANGUAGE: Anything vocabulary related would be great to work on at home, especially with younger students. You can have them label items around the home, tell you what the object is used for, or what category it belongs in. Following multiple steps directions is also a great language skill to work on at home for all students! Cooking is one way to work on a lot of language skills– labeling the ingredients and utensils used, following directions in a recipe, working on describing words/ adjectives to describe the way something smells, feels, tastes, looks, etc. Reading short stories/ paragraphs and answering questions is also a great activity that will benefit their language and academic performance in the classroom.
Thank you for working with your student at home to reinforce good speech and language skills! If you need more specific ideas, more direction of what to do, or a list of your student’s target sounds, please contact me through email or Class Dojo.
- Always be respectful of the teacher’s right to teach, other students’ right to learn, and everyone in the classroom.
- Work hard on every activity, worksheet, and lesson that we do.
- Sit quietly with all four chair legs on the floor and hands quiet in your lap.
- Have fun – following the rules and doing our work will let us be able to also do fun things together!
- Walk nicely in the hallways to and from speech.
If you would like to know your student’s speech schedule, please contact me through email or Class Dojo. At the beginning of the year, there are usually several changes that have to be made in the schedule before we get in a good routine 🙂
VCSC follows a 3:1 model, which means that SLPs see students and deliver services 3 weeks out of the month with 1 week being an indirect week. Indirect week is used for screening, evaluating, and holding annual IEP conferences. Students are not typically seen during indirect week unless they need extra time or they need a session made up due to SLP being absent.