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    Welcome to the Barnstable Intermediate School speech and language resource page.  This web page is intendedas a resource for families and teachers of students at BIS.  It has information, ideas and suggestions for practicing language and social language skills.  The information is provided by Barnstable Intermediate School’s two Speech and Language Pathologists, Jeanne Baskin and Barbara King.  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 to improve your students’ communication skills.  Please visit Ms. Baskin’s BIS Social Skills Lab Glogster site: http://jeannebaskin.edu.glogster.com/bis-social-skills-lab/ and Ms. King’s Language Literacy Lab Newsletter located as a list to the left of this page.


    Speech pathologists in the school setting are professionals who assess speech and language development and treat communication disorders that would significantly impact students’ ability to access the grade level curriculum.  At BIS these may include skills such as vocabulary development, word usage, expressive language, impaired social pragmatic communication, and language processing.  We provide intervention strategies for teachers and parents for home and classroom practice and we work with groups of children to promote self-correction of mild speech and language problems that do not require therapy. 

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    Additional Helpful Links for Parents:

    For articulation, language, and emergent literacy (beginning reading skills):  www.speechtx.com

    For information on stuttering and stuttering characteristics and support:  www.stutteringhelp.com

     For information about a variety of communication disorders: http://asha.org/public/

    For information on emergent literacy, speech and language development, speech and language disorders, swallowing, and a list of self-help groups/organizations:  www.asha.org then click, "The public" and then click, "Speech, Language, and Swallowing."

    For additional information on social language use (pragmatics): http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/pragmatics.htm

    For information on ADHD resources, facts and characteristics, a strength-based approach to ADHD and evidence based interventions:  https://www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/Page/1177

    These links are suggestions for further parent information.   BIS cannot be held accountable for the content of the websites or additional links. Ms. Baskin and Ms. King will be glad to answer questions or concerns that you may have regarding your child's communication disorder and treatment.  Please call 508-790-6460 or we can be reached at baskin_jeanne@barnstable.k12.ma.us or king_barbara@barnstable.k12.ma.us