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Prospect Park School Speech Website

Welcome to the Speech and Language Webpage at PS #1. We are here to provide you with information that supports the speech and language needs of Prospect Park Elementary Students. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality services by addressing all communication needs in order to foster educational and social success. We are also committed to the education of all school staff and families in support of this endeavor.

We encourage you to view our links and find out more about what your students are doing in their sessions with us, as well as strategies that you can use at home and in the classroom to improve your students’ communication skills. 

What does the Speech- Language Specialist (SLS) Do?

SLS’s assess speech and language development and treat communication disorders that would significantly impact a students’ ability to access the grade level curriculum and common core standards. These may include skills such as vocabulary development, word usage, expressive language, impaired social pragmatic communication, stuttering, hearing impairments and language processing. We provide intervention strategies for teachers and parents for home and classroom practice.  

Depending on the nature and severity of the speech problem, remediation strategies may consist of direct individual or group therapy, services integrated in the regular classroom or indirect services through monitoring or consultation with the classroom and/or special education teacher.

Services are individualized for each student, are based on the student's total educational program, and take into account the range of ability and performance of students within the school setting. Decisions regarding particular service delivery models are based on a variety of factors including the type and/or severity of the weakness, its impact on the student’s ability to access the curriculum and/or effectively navigate through meaningful social interactions, and integration of services with educational experiences.

Prospect Park Speech Language Specialists

Speech-Language Pathologists are often offered to as Speech and Language Specialists or simply Speech Therapists in the school setting. We have completed a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and hold a New Jersey school certification, along with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association .

Joanne Summer MA, CCC-SLP: 

Joanne has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 15 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Stony Brook University and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University in 2002. Joanne previously held various writing and editing positions. Her clinical areas of expertise include fluency (stuttering), language development, and early intervention. In addition to completing advanced training in stuttering, Joanne plans to obtain certification in oral motor myology in June 2018.

Ambily Varughese MS, CCC-SLP: 

Ambily has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 6 years. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Seton Hall University and her Master’s Degree also from Seton Hall in Speech Pathology in 2011. Ambily’s interests include early language development, supporting students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism, and early intervention. 

Erin Stievator MS, CCC-SLP: 

Erin has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 23 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology in 1993 from the State University of New York College –Buffalo and her Master’s Degree in 1994 from the State University of New York College -Fredonia. Her clinical interests include early intervention, language development, oral motor speech issues, autism, augmentative and alternative communication, with advanced training in Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) . In addition, Erin is PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained.