Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders from California State University Licensed with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NCBOESLPA) Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Mrs. Amy Peacock
Welcome to Speech!
I will be your child’s Speech-Language Pathologist this year at St. James Elementary School, Mini Academy, Our Gang and Learning Express Preschools.
I wanted to take this time to briefly introduce myself to you. I am married with two boys in high school. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University and worked 11 years at a local medical center. I decided to further my education and earned my Master of Science in Communication Disorders from California State University by distance education in May of 2016. I completed three practicums at local elementary schools, two in Lincoln County and one in Catawba County. Starting my 4th year at SJES!
During the school year, I will send homework for your child to complete with your guidance in order to practice their good speech and language skills outside of school. These activities will all contain familiar content for your child, as they will be the main targets of their therapy in school. The purpose of speech and language home practice is to generalize targeted skills in a new environment. Home practice should take about 5 minutes.
Prizes are earned to keep students motivated. Each time students come to speech and participate with their best effort they earn a star. They also earn a star for each homework page completed and initialedor signed by a parent so that I know you listened to their speech or helped them complete it. Possibility of 2 stars earned per session. After 10 stars they will go to the prize box. If you do not wish to receive homework just sent me an email, note or call. No hard feelings. I understand we are all busy, but your student will progress and exit speech much sooner when they practice at home.
I have had great success with Speech Buddies speeding up the process of speech sound mastery. They are available individually or as a set for the following sounds: /l, sh, ch, s, r/. Speech Buddies are evidence-based tools that aid in training proper tongue placement. It's a tool placed in the mouth so they can feel exactly where their tongue should go to correctly produce the sound. Cleaned with alcohol and soapy water between each use. Visit www.speechbuddy.com for more information or call/email me. Some parents have purchased them for home use.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s speech and language. You may send me a note in your child’s speech folder, call me at school or email me anytime.
Speech Classroom Wishlist:
Prizes for prize box (dollar tree items, small toys, cars, bracelets, etc.)
Tissues, Clorox/Lysol Wipes, Hand Sanitizer
Donated board/card games you are no longer using at home
Donations to purchase more speech buddy tools
Looking forward to an awesome year with lots of progress!
Some Helpful websites/apps that I like for extra home practice are:
For Articulation (speech sound errors):
Struggling with how to help your students produce speech sounds? See videos by speech therapist Carrie Clark on youtube: ex. "Carrie Clark teaching k sounds."
http://www.home-speech-home.com click on word lists
https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com click on speech sound resources.
Speech Buddies: www.speechbuddy.com
Word Vault is a free app that has articulation (word through paragraph level)
For Language: (antonym/synonym etc.)
https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com click on browse by topic
http://www.home-speech-home.com under the development tab click on language or use search and type in a key word.
Word Vault is a free app that has language activities.