Hi everyone!

My name is Brooke Barber and I am the speech and language intern at Cheatham Hill Elementary School this semester. I have enjoyed working with all of the students and have been welcomed with open arms! I am so happy that it is officially November, which means all things Thanksgiving! During the month of November, our articulation students will continue to work on correct production of speech sounds, and our fluency students will continue to practice using strategies in order to create smooth and fluent speech. Parents, be on the lookout for homework each week so that you are able to practice the speech strategies with your children.

Third grade language students are working on a variety of activities that relate to the book Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano. Our focus during this November segment is: Developing Critical Thinking Connections as we read. The students are learning and engaging in a variety of activities that relate to the Critical Thinking Triangle which includes the problem, character’s feelings, and the character’s plan from our book. This critical thinking concept allows our students to dive deeper into the story and better understand what they are reading.

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Our fourth and fifth grade language students are working on a range of activities focused around the book Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, by Eileen Spinelli. Our focus strategy for this language segment is: Problem and Solution and Cause and Effect. During therapy, we will also focus on answering comprehension questions related to the book and completing a story retell.

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We are looking forward to speech and language therapy during the month of November!


Hello again,

Fall is my favorite season!  I love all of the holidays, the crisp feel in the air, and all of the fun books that we can share with friends.  This month we will continue to work on improving our articulation and fluency skills.  Parents, please look for homework each week for students working on these skills.

Language students will be working on a variety of activities in reference to The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Our focus strategy is: Active learners visualize.  When we visualize we make a picture in our head to go along with what we are listening to or reading.  Visualization helps good learners to better understand what they hear or read. Students will also be working on the following skills:  vocabulary, sequencing, making inferences, answering comprehension questions and story retells.  Be sure and ask your students to tell you all about The Gruffalo!

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Back to School

Hello friends!

It has been wonderful seeing old friends and meeting new faces!  We have been working on collecting baseline data for everyone’s goals/objectives, participating in getting to know you activities, and learning the ropes in Speech therapy.

September is full of standardized testing fun for our third and fifth grades!  🙂  During this time, speech therapy will be suspended for these grade levels to allow them to participate in this required testing.  We will meet with groups/students as time permits.  Get good rest and start each day with a big healthy breakfast!

I have an intern spending the fall with me in the last few stages of her graduate program.  Her name is Brooke Barber and she will be working with our students as well.  We are happy to welcome her to the ‘Hill!

Looking forward to another great year working with our Cheatham Hill students and families.  Kim

December – Tis the Season!

It’s the season of hot cocoa, fires in our fireplaces, celebrating family and friends, and enjoying the nip in the air!  This month we will be working towards improving our vocabulary skills, sequencing, story retelling, and critical thinking skills in language therapy.  We will be using the following picture books this month!

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We will continue to work towards correct production of sound errors in Articulation therapy and easy smooth speech in Fluency therapy.  Happy Holidays to all!

November – Give Thanks!

I wanted to take a moment to say ‘Thank You’ to my parents and co-workers who work so hard with our students.  Thank you for taking the time to complete homework with your child, read to them, and share your excellent language skills with them!

This month in Speech and Language Therapy we will continue to focus on Articulation and Fluency skills with many of our students.  I am using a centers approach for therapy this year and it is working out very well…I’m seeing lots of good progress!!  Articulation students are gaining additional practice of newly learned skills by practicing their sounds with me as well as during independent tasks around the room – over 300+ productions a session!  Fluency students are hard at work practicing their strategies during a variety of activities and games.

In Language this month we will be focusing on Finding The Main Idea and Supporting Details, answering comprehension questions, describing vocabulary, and story retells.  We will be learning a variety of strategies that we are adding to our student journals.  This month’s books include:

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Happy Halloween!

This month we are continuing to work on correcting our speech sounds and using fluent speech in many of our sessions.  Please see ‘Pages’ for additional information on these skills.

In Language therapy, we are working on expanding our sentences, figurative language, making comparisons, describing vocabulary, and story retelling.  We are using the following books in therapy this month:

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And a homemade book titled, “A Journey to the Farm”.  I’m looking forward to our spooky speech this month!

September in Speech

In September, we are addressing a number of new skills depending on your student’s grade level and individual goals/objectives!

Vocabulary: Synonyms and Antonyms.  We are working towards understanding these very important context clues with a number of direct instruction activities and culminating with a narrative activity using the book:

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Vocabulary: Figurative Language.  We will be learning idioms and how we can use them to better understand what we read as well as impact our communication with others.  Our culminating narrative activity will be using the book:

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Social Communication:  We are learning to recognize our emotions and the emotions of others through vocal quality, body gestures, and facial expressions.  We are using the following narrative text to further explore these emotions:

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Vocabulary:  Descriptive.  We are learning how to use 2 or more verbal descriptors to discuss people, places, and things.  We will use the EET tool to help us organize our ideas.

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We are looking forward to September and all of our new discoveries about how we communicate with friends, family, and the world around us!

Welcome to Speech Language Therapy at the Hill!

Hello all,

My name is Kim Maxwell and I am one of the Speech Language Pathologists serving the students here at CHE.  I primarily serve 3rd through 5th grades as well as the Autism classroom.  I have been one of the SLPs working here at CHE for the past 10+ years.     It has been wonderful seeing students that I know and meeting new students on my caseload.  I am looking forward to working with you and your students this year!

I hope to use this blog to communicate with families about what is happening in the Speech/Language therapy room.  As I move forward, I am also planning on adding links that may be useful to you and/or your students.  You can always reach me at or 678-594-8034.  I look forward to another great year!