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Dr. Ginsberg, Principal
285 Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4240
Fax: 609.806.4241


Johnson Park Speech and Language

Heather Cadden
Lesley Germaine
Suzanne DiSogra

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the role of the speech-language specialist in elementary schools?  

We provide a variety of services including, but not limited to, the following:
·       provide direct speech and/or language therapy to students with suspected speech, language, or hearing disabilities
·       evaluate students with suspected speech and language disabilities
·       consult with teachers and parentschild study team member when a child is referred to the team for a suspected language disorder
·       case manage all students referred for a voice, articulation or fluency disorder, and some students with a language disorder

Who is eligible for speech-language services in the schools?

In an educational setting, a child is eligible for intervention if the speech/language disability adversely affects academic progress as defined by the Core Curriculum Standards.  For example, area 3.0 Language Arts Literacy includes aspects of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.   The referral process can start with a classroom teacher, parent or other staff member.  Parents are always notified if their child is referred, and parent permission must be obtained before evaluation or interventions can begin.

What is a language disorder?

A language disorder is impaired development of comprehension and/or use of spoken, written, and/or other symbol system.  Form, content and/or function of language may be affected.

What is auditory processing?

Auditory processing is related to the ability to listen, remember, understand and use spoken information.

What is expressive language?
Expressive language includes the ability to speak and express thoughts and ideas.

What is speech articulation?

Articulation describes the oral motor movements needed to produce individual speech sounds.

What is phonology?

Phonology is the sound system of a language and the linguistic rules that govern the sound combinations.

What other areas might be considered for evaluation and treatment?  

We might look at abilities related to word awareness, grammar, vocabulary, language function, executive function, voice quality/rate/volume/fluency, and foundational reading skills.