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    As we all know, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all travel has been severely restricted and non-essential businesses have been closed.  This means that Spring Break plans for almost everyone has been canceled.

    With this in mind, we are amending the school calendar for next week and these days will now be school days.  Due to this change, the last day of school for Estill County will now be May 14th

    This change will allow us to keep our students on a routine that will ensure a continuation of instruction and other services.  All staff will still be available for our families and food service will continue to serve breakfast and lunch.  For any family that still has plans for this coming week, your student can complete their work at your discretion.

    We will have further information tomorrow concerning the distribution on new NTI packets for days 11 – 20 as well as the return of work completed during the past 10 days.

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    Also, with the school closures, the KHSAA has suspended all spring sports and declared a dead period ending on April 19, 2020, at midnight.

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Micha Hobbs, CCC-SLP/L

Speech-Language Pathologist

606-723-7703

micha.hobbs@estill.kyschools.us

 

Hello! Welcome to my webpage! I am the speech-language pathologist at Estill Springs Elementary working with first and second grades and this is my sixth year working for Estill County Schools. I received my Master's degree in Speech Pathology in 2012 from EKU. I am nationally certfied through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), in which I hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). I am originally from Powell County in which I currently reside with my husband, Brandon, and our two children, Brylee Kate (5) and Brayden (21 months). I love working with children and watching their speech and language grow and develop! I also enjoy helping students with disabilities communicate in their own way, either through sign language, AAC, or switch use. It is truly a blessing to be able to work with children and help them with their communication skills. If you have any questions regarding your child's speech/language, please feel free to contact me at any time. 

 

Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

  • What words mean (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)
  • How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)
  • How to put words together (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Peg walk store new")
  • What word combinations are best in what situations ("Would you mind moving your foot?" could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)

Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:

Articulation
How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the "r" sound in order to say "rabbit" instead of "wabbit").
Voice
Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).
Fluency
The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).

When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder.

When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder.

When students are in my room, we work on their individual goals and objectives that were developed by a committee and are apart of their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Some areas we work on include: answering and asking "wh" questions, comprehension skills, vocabulary, expressing thoughts and ideas, speech sound production skills, stuttering, voice, communicating wants and needs through a variety of modalities, and following directions. Below you find a list of websites and/or apps you can download to assist with your child's speech and language development. 

Apps:

Super Duper Publications: "wh" question cards App

Articulation Station: an app with multiple flashcards of sounds in words in all positions of words. It is a great app to use to help children with speech sound production skills!

PCS flash cards: flash cards divided into categories to help build a child's vocabulary.

Super Duper Publications: Name Things App

More Fun with Directions: helps students with following multiple step directions.

 

Websites: 

www.abcmouse.com

www.asha.org

www.speakingofspeech.com

www.stutteringhelp.org

www.superduperinc.com

Thanks for stopping by! :)

 

 

 

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