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Communication is the bridge that 
connects people!
Speech Department Newsletter
Edition 3   May 2018
  RTL  Preschool  SN  FLTC  Elementary  MS  HS
The theme for 2018 is: Communication for all!
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!
Beyond speech...
Communication involves any form of interaction between people. Lexington speech therapists help to build communicative competence, contribute to academic achievement and improve literacy. We focus on improving listening, speech reading and overall language skills. We work closely with awesome classroom teachers, audiologists, families and each other to help our Lexington students to reach their goals and soar!
News from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center:
  • It is important for deaf and hard of hearing children to develop early linguistic competence.
  • It is important for deaf and hard of hearing children to establish early communication with their parents and families, develop their cognitive abilities, acquire world knowledge, and communicate fully with the surrounding world.
  • It is through language that children develop social/emotional and cognitive abilities that are critical to timely development in all areas.
At Lexington School for the Deaf, both ASL and Spoken English are used for teaching and communicating inside and outside of the classroom. Why is it important for our students to have consistent exposure to both languages from an early age?
How can deaf families support their child's development of spoken English?

Teachers and speech-language specialists can work with families to provide strategies and
 materials that can be incorporated into the home (for carryover of spoken English skills). Some strategies include:
·Use of a card reader with recorded listening activities
·Internet-based listening activities
·Books on tape/DVD
·Visual Phonics

How can hearing families support their deaf or hard of hearing child's development of ASL?

·Attend family ASL classes
·Participate in the Shared Reading Project 2
·Collaborate/connect with other families

For more information check out this website:

And now a word from our students...
Kayshla D. will be graduating from Lexington School for the Deaf in June. During an interview I asked her questions about her experience here at Lexington, and her plans after graduation.

Ms. Kim: When did you start at Lexington School?
Kayshla: I came from PS 347 in 2014.

Ms. Kim: What are your favorite subjects in High School?
Kayshla: I love English class because I like reading and writing, and it helps me to perfect my grammar.

Ms. Kim:  What do you like to do after school?
Kayshla: I like to practice makeup techniques on myself to prepare for a job after graduation. I watch YouTube videos about makeup to learn new techniques. Sometimes I go out to search for jobs.

Ms. Kim: Did you ever work for Lexington's Brew Crew? If so, what did you learn from that job?
Kayshla: Yes, I learned how to feel comfortable with customers, and I learned a lot about working with cash. 

Ms. Kim: What are your plans after graduation?
Kayshla: I am thinking of going to LaGuardia College in the future but for now I would like to go to a trade school or find a job that focuses on Cosmetology. 

Thank you Kayshla! The Speech Department wishes you luck!

The theme for PARP 2018 was SPACE! All of the speech therapists joined in various departmental activities to support literacy. Dana McMenamin and Jennifer Wengrofsky were on the PARP committee and developed interactive phonemic awareness activities that were exciting and fun. Elementary students made a tree map by sorting planet names by syllable length. Preschool students labeled space related pictures using Sign Language or Spoken English. They did a great job matching the first sound of the word to the correct letter.  An awesome time was had by all! 
3.   PARP

 Daily routines can be used to promote language acquisition.
According to an article by the Clerc center at Gallaudet, language is best learned through daily, meaningful interactions with familiar people. It is important to have high, yet appropriate, expectations for language and communication development.  It is beneficial to “label, label, label” in a language and modality that is accessible to the child. It is important to expose the child to language rich interactions. The Thirty Million Words initiative has great information about how to create a language-rich environment. Opportunities for promoting language are most effectively achieved when language is embedded in the family’s typical home routines (e.g., bedtime, bath time, diapering, eating), and routine outings (e.g., grocery store, post office, riding to pick up siblings from school).  Language is reinforced through reading the same book repeatedly.
Bridging the Gap
Strategies for Home
House rules!

What are the latest guidelines on screentime for children?
Here's a fun chart for earning screen time.