Speech & Language Services

Welcome to the online home of the Speech & Language Services Department! 

Our experienced Speech & Language therapists work with children who evidence a wide variety of articulation, communication, and language development needs from preschool through highschool.  Our department embraces a whole child approach by engaging the student in the learning process, communicating therapy goals, progress, and in providing home practice activities for families as appropriate. Our therapists actively seek out collaboration with teachers to allow for and to reinforce curriculum connections in their langauge sessions. Services may be delivered individually or in small groups within the classroom and/or within the speech therapy office depending on determination of the educational team and professional judgement of the treating Speech & Language Therapist. As the goal for all specialty services is to allow the student to practice and to generalize skills across settings our therapists are dynamic, fluid, and creative in their approaches to meet student communication needs!  We welcome families to ask about home practice activites you can do with your student to help reinforce and generalize language goals outside of school. 

We also encourage visitors to our webpage to explore the many informational resources provided on typically developing sound production for children, definitions of communication disorders, play based language activities at home and more!

Our Speech & Language Staff   (click on name to email)

JoAnn Donnelly, SLP-CCC, Hillcrest Elementary School
Stephanie Dimestres, SLP-CCC, Sheffield Elementary School
Kimberly Pouliot, SLPA, Gill Elementary School & Hillcrest Elementary 
Peter Guiod, SLP-CCC, Baystate Health Supervising practioner
Wendi Greene, SLP-CCC, Great Falls Middle & Turners Falls High School

General Speech and Language Resources

Speech & Language Therapy in School Based Settings: https://www.asha.org/slp/schools/school-based-service-delivery-in-speech-language-pathology/

Definitions of Communication Disorders: http://www.asha.org/policy/RP1993-00208.htm

Speech Sound Disorders: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/SpeechSoundDisorders/

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (ASHA): http://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589935338&section=Overview

Goldman Fristoe Speech Sound Development Chart: http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/wp-content/downloads/forms/sound_development_chart.pdf

Stuttering/ Dsyfluency: http://www.stutteringhelp.org/


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/AAC/

Aphasia: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Aphasia/

Self-Help Groups: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/speech_self-help.htm

Social Pragmatics Chart: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XKuICMxDXT18uPCJti8UQ4cB3vBsafTh/view?usp=sharing

Preschool Resources

Preschool Language Disorders: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Preschool-Language-Disorders/

" A Speech Lesson a Day..." Preschool classroom strategies & tips (for parents & teachers): http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=1784800

Home Resources

Sharing Books with Toddlers (Hanen) : http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Fun-Activities/Sharing-Books-with-Toddlers,-The-Hanen-Way.aspx

Learning More Than One Language: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/learn/

Language Building Tips for Parents (Hanen) :  http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Parent-Tips.aspx

How popular toys can support speech and language development:  http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/02/top-toys-how-they-can-support-speech-language-development-part-two/

Target speech with play at home:  http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/09/speech-therapy-how-to-develop-your.html?m=1

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development (birth-6yrs): http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Parent-Stim-Activities.htm

General Activities to Promote Speech & Language Development



Teacher Resources

 Language facilitation in the classroom (Teacher Self Assessment):  http://www.asu.edu/clas/icrp/research/Publication/Publication%20PDF%201.pdf

En Español

Comunicación para toda una vida: http://www.asha.org/public/espanol/

Los Sistemas Aumentativos y Alternativos de Comunicación:  http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Los-Sistemas-Aumentativos-y-...

La Tartamudez: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/La-Tartamudez/

La Afasia: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/La-Afasia/