May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

This year’s theme for Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM) is Communication Disorders Are Treatable.  As part of BSHM there is a new campaign called Identify The Signs.  This campaign focuses on early intervention and public awareness.  Visit http://identifythesigns.org to learn more about what to watch for and treatment options.  You can also find BSHM information on facebook, or follow on Twitter.

This week to celerbrate BSHM here at EJES, tips and information about speech and hearing issues have been announced on the morning announcments.

Tips for summer saftey:

With the nice weather, everyone is wanting to enjoy the outdoors.  To protect your hearing, wear ear protection when mowing the lawn.  Noisy lawn mowers can damage hearing over time.

If you can hear your child’s music while he is wearing ear buds or headphones, tell him to turn the music down.  Loud music can also damage hearing over time.

When swimming this summer, wear ear protection if you are swimming in a lake.  Bacteria in lakes can cause “swimmers ear” which is very painful

On behalf of Ms. Crawford and myself, we wish you a wonderful and safe summer!

Submitted by Kelly Hulett

IEP Basics

It’s that time of year! Your student has been working hard toward meeting their speech and language goals. It’s time to meet with your SLP to talk about your student’s progress and develop a plan for the next year. Here are a few basics you need to know before you meet!

1) What is an IEP?

Your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is a plan that is developed each year with teachers and other school staff. This plan is good for one calendar year (ex. March 4, 2014- March 3, 2015). However, you or school staff may want to meet before that time to update/change the plan as needed. You will receive a copy of this plan to keep for your own personal records once it is completed.

2) Who can I expect at the meeting?

Your student’s classroom teacher and speech therapist (Mrs. Crawford or Mrs. Hulett) will attend the meeting. Other school staff, such as administrators or special education teachers may also attend depending on your student’s needs. If your child will be moving up to the middle school next year, middle school staff may also attend to help with this transition.

If you are unable to attend a meeting due to your work schedule or for any other reason, you may give your written consent for the meeting to take place without you. A copy of the completed IEP will still be sent home for you keep.

3) What should I look for when reading my child’s IEP?

IEP’s look different from county to county, but there are a few important parts that you should always look for:

PLAAFP – This stands for Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance. This simply means there will be a summary of your student’s strengths and weaknesses at school, speech progress, as well as any testing results from the year.

GOALS – This section will list all of the goals that your student will work on in speech (or in the classroom if they also receives support from a special education teacher or parapro). Your student may have only one goal (ex. Produce the /s/ sound) or several goals listed.

SERVICES – This section describes how your child will receive the extra support they need at school. It should state a time (i.e. 1 hour), how many days per week (i.e. 5 days per week), and subject area (i.e. reading, math, speech). For example, they may receive speech therapy twice per week for 30 minute sessions.

If you have any questions about your student’s IEP, always feel free to call your SLP! We are always happy to help! See you soon!

Introducing Cadence Grace!

Happy New Year! I am excited to officially be back and ready to see all my speech kiddos this week! I was welcomed back by lots of sweet cards and notes from your students, which made today much easier. I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures of our baby girl (one at the hospital and one a little more recent). We will be back in the swing of things in no time!

-Mrs. Crawford

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Eyes? Why Not Ears?

It’s pretty commonplace to go to an eye doctor to get your vision tested.  It’s not so commom that people will go to get their hearing tested.  Why not?  Particularly as we grow older our hearing may not quite be what it used to be.  Having trouble hearing in a noisy environment, turning the television on really loud (to the point others complain that the TV is on too loud), ringing in the ears, are all complaints (among many others) that should be checked on by your general doctor, otorhinolaryngologist (ENT-ear, nose, throat doctor), or an audiologist.  But even if you are not having any hearing troble that you are aware of, having your hearing screened or tested would give you a baseline; or you may be surprised that you haven’t been hearing as well as you thought!

So consider having your hearing screened or tested today.  Ask your general doctor about a referral (if he doesn’t do hearing evaluations in his office).  Other places locally to get a hearing evaluation is the University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic, and there are a variety of ENTs and audiologists in the Athens and Gainesville area.

On behalf of Mrs. Crawford and myself, we want to wish everyone a very, merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Submitted by Kelly Hulett

Congratulations Mrs. Crawford!

Mrs. Crawford and her husband are the proud parents of Cadence Grace, born November 19th at 2:05 p.m.  Cadence weighed

8lbs 11oz.  Mrs. Crawford and Cadence are doing well!

Submitted by Kelly Hulett

ASHA

ASHA stands for the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association and is the national organization for speech/language pathologists and audiologists.  ASHA’s website contains lots of information regarding speech, language and hearing issues.  When you go to the site, go to the upper left hand corner, then click The Public.  ASHA’s website address is:  www.asha.org

Happy Fall Y’all!

Mrs. Crawford & Mrs. Hulett want to wish everyone a very happy Fall Break! Take some time to relax and stay in your pj’s! Progress reports for the first 9 weeks will be coming home next week. Parent-teacher conferences start on Tuesday, Oct. 15th when we get back from the break (your child’s homeroom teacher will schedule these). See you then!

Meet Mrs. Hulett!

Hi!  My name is Kelly Hulett and I have been a speech/language pathologist for 26 years; 11 of these years has been at EJES!
I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1985 and 1986 with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  I received my specialist’s degree in 2004 from the University of Alabama; I’m still a dawg fan!  I have been married for 30 years  to my husband, John and we have two boys, Charles (21 years old) and Noah (16 years old).  Charles graduated from EJCHS in 2010 and Noah is currently a junior at EJCHS.  When I’m not working or taking care of a house full of boys, I enjoy traveling and couponing!

Mrs. Crawford and I are really excited to start the first ever speech webpage at EJES.  In the coming months we hope to bring you information and links related to speech, language and/or hearing issues.
If you need to contact me I’m here Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00.  My e-mail is khulett@jackson.k12.ga.us.

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Meet Mrs. Crawford!

Hi! My name is Allison Crawford and this is my third year as an SLP at East Jackson Elementary School! I am originally from Valdosta, GA. I attended the University of Georgia for 6 years for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I love anything UGA (Go Dawgs!!) and go to as many football games as I can! If the Dawgs aren’t playing in Athens on a Saturday, you can probably find me at home watching football all day. Some of my favorite things are coffee, Fall, polka dots, and pretty much any dessert you put in front of me! My husband, Andy, and I have been married for a little over 3 years. We have one very crazy dog (Sadie) and are expecting a baby girl in November just a few short weeks away! We are very excited to meet our new addition! I especially love EJES and working with your students every week.

If you ever have questions, you can always reach me at (706) 336-7900 or email me at acrawford@jackson.k12.ga.us

Here’s to a great year!

-Mrs. Crawford

 

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