Speech & Language

Although children generally appear to learn to speak without much work, once in a while, you might begin to wonder if your child is talking as well as your child should be the child’s age. If family and friends seem to have trouble understanding your child, contact your school’s Speech-Language Pathologist or the classroom teacher to request a screening.  If a child doesn’t communicate as well as the child should, the problem might be the production of the sounds or the structure of his/her language (i.e., grammar).

In our schools, we try to help the children whose speech or language interferes with their ability to function in a school environment.  Research shows that a literacy-rich environment is crucial for helping children with language disorders build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

What can you do to help your child develop better language skills?  Read to your child! Read to them as infants, as kindergarteners, as junior high kids … and everything in between. Books generally use language that is more complete and complex than most of our conversation during the day. The stories in books offer an enriched structure and vocabulary, and children learn to listen and sequence in a way that watching TV could never teach. Talk with your child about the story; ask about the different characters, their problems, and what will happen next.

An ear infection often goes together with significant, often temporary, sometimes permanent hearing loss. It can keep your child from hearing correctly for a period of time, and as a result interfere with the learning of speech sounds and language. If you have concerns about your child’s hearing simply contact your school’s speech-language pathologist or the classroom teacher and as to have your child’s hearing screened.

In our area, the South Coast Education Service District’s (ESD) Early Intervention Program works with children from birth to five of age who have speech-language problems or delays.

All speech-language pathologists in our district are certified by their national organization, the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.  They also hold a license through the Oregon State Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  Additionally, they are required to hold a teaching license through the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Our Speech & Language team

Mark Stephens – Speech and Language Pathologist Early Intervention

Speech Pathologists: Tamara Beasley Blossom Gulch Elementary School Jayna Tomac – Millicoma Intermediate School  Jayna Tomac Sunset Middle School Mark Stephens – Marshfield High School Carol Tucker – Madison Elementary School

Speech Language Pathologist Assistants: Joanna Cobb – Madison & Sunset  Jessica Saint – Blossom Gulch Elementary & Millicoma

Resources Talking Tapes.org – Provides textbooks, novels, and other materials on cassette tapes to those        who have difficulty reading due to physical, cognitive, visual or learning disabilities. Phrase Finder – idioms, clichés, proverbs.. Phonetics Speaking of Speech


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