Welcome to the Speech and Language Website for Kent Primary, Kent Elementary and Mathew Patterson Elementary Schools!
Here you can find resources on how to facilitate language skills as well as enhance speech sound production at home. You can also find information about the Carmel speech team.
The Speech and Language Department is here to help children who experience difficulty in one or more of the following areas:
Expressive Language: The ability to express and sequence ideas clearly using correct grammar and syntax (word order).
Receptive Language: The ability to understand spoken language, follow directions, and make sense of classroom instruction.
Phonological Awareness: Understanding that words are made up of sounds, sounds can be manipulated to change words, and sounds correspond to letters in print.
Articulation/Phonology: The ability to produce sounds in a manner appropriate to the child's age.
Fluency: The ability to communicate ideas without excessive repetitions and hesitations.
Voice: The ability to use correct voice volume, quality, and pitch.
Often difficulties in these areas can interfere with a child's educational progress, academically, emotionally, or socially. When one or more of these areas listed above begins to negatively impact a child's success in school, intervention may be necessary.