Ms. Ashley's Speech Newsletter

Suggestions for Parents to support speech-language development ( American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

In early elementary grades (K-2)

  • Talk with your child frequently
  • Read a variety of books; read often and talk with your child about the story
  • Help your child focus on sound patterns of words such as those found in rhyming games
  • Have your child retell stories and talk about events of the day
  • Talk with your child during daily activities; give directions for your child to follow (e.g., making cookies)
  • Talk about how things are alike and different
  • Give your child reasons and opportunities to write

In later elementary grades (3-5)

  • Continue to encourage reading; find reading material that is of interest to your child
  • Encourage your child to form opinions about what he or she hears or reads and relate what is read to experiences
  • Help your child make connections between what is read and heard at school, at home, and in other daily activities
  • Talk aloud as you help your child understand and solve problems encountered in reading material
  • Help your child recognize spelling patterns, such as beginnings and endings of words (e.g., pre- or -ment)
  • Encourage your child to write letters, keep a diary, or write stories

About Me

I am originally from Chesapeake, Virginia and have worked in the public school setting for 15+ years. I have a BS in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University, and a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Old Dominion University. I have worked in school districts in Chesapeake and Prince William, VA as well as Broward County, and Sarasota County, Florida. I moved to Rockingham County with my family in 2014, and am excited to call this area home.