Anne Keedy




Hello to all my speech and language students, and parents.  I am your speech language pathologist (SLP), here  at AES.  I provide therapy services to special education and regular education students, as determined eligible for services following referral, screening and/or evaluations.  Children with communication disorders or delays, may have difficulty with the comprehension and use of speech and language to successfully access the curriculum, participate in the classroom,  and communicate with peers and adults.  Communication disorders most commonly treated in schools, may include : speech sound production, vocabulary development, listening/comprehension of language, speech and language expression, phonemic awareness,speech fluency, healthy voice habits, and social language skills. Scroll down for recommended website :


Anne Keedy M.S. CCC-SLP

 See this site for  information related to typical Speech and Language Development (A "MILESTONE"CHART ,by Pro-ED Inc.) 

Some VOCABULARY terms frequently used by the SLP , listed here,  to help parents understand some SLP lingo  !


 Receptive language:  What your child understands or comprehends.... understanding words,concepts,language, directions, information etc.

Expressive language: expressing  and communicating  with others, verbally or non-verbally

Non-verbal communication: gestures, body language, facial expressions

Pragmatics: social aspects of language, such as: greeting, taking turns, requesting, maintaining topics, apologizing, interrupting appropriately, etc.

Semantics: the meaning of a message

syntax: this has to do with the rules we use when organizing our thoughts and forming words into sentences or questions ( the sentence structure)

Grammar: the parts of speech, such as : nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, articles, conjunctions, adverbs, etc...   Morphemes: words and parts of words that carry meaning (ex. "play" indicates something you do for enjoyment = 1 morpheme;  "played"= when you did it [past tense] = 2 morphemes , "play+ed")

Jargon: consonant-vowel sequences that mimic the intonation patterns of adult speech, but do not consist of real, "true" words...sometimes called "jibberish"

Articulation:  the sounds of we say the sounds within the words we speak... a child may have difficulty producing  one or some speech sounds

Fluency: the rhythm and flow of speech... a disruption in the flow , that is more commonly known as "stuttering"( disfluency)

Phonology: an internal classification system for sounds. When a child has a phonological problem, they may have difficulty with many classes of sounds, They may have errors that fall into "patterns" called "phonological processes". A child may use this error pattern as a way to simplify difficult sounds.  A child with this type of speech sound disorder/delay, is often more difficult to understand than a child with an "articulation" disorder or delay.

( see: for additional info/reference from: SLP Vocabulary 101, by Carrie Manchester, M.S.CCC-SLP)

 Infants and Toddler iPad Use

Dec. 2018: I found the following suggestions for " Holiday and wintertime speech-language activities" , and thought that I would pass them on!   I hope you have fun trying some of these out, over the holiday break, as a way to practice speech and language within natural activities!    ( seen on , by Gordy Rogers M.S.CCC-SLP)

1. Practice poetry out loud, such as reading the classic "The Night Before Christmas", focusing on your child's speech sound targets           ( exaggerating/stressing the sounds: ".....and all through the housssssse, not a creature was ssssssssssstirring, not even a mousssssse..." ).

2. Perform:   Your child could also present a performance for a family friend or relative, reading a story or poem, or singing a holiday song. As parents, we often are used to hearing our child regularly, and may not notice the progress they are making with speech or language development, but a family member or friend that does not see your child often, may get the opportunity to notice improvements , and your child will receive the benefit of practice speaking or singing for less familiar people; and also hear positive encouragement and receive special recognition from others, aside from "just" Mom or Dad !  Video/making a movie of a "performance"is also fun to share with visitors!

3. Memory game:   Take turns recalling and describing /reciting all the gifts received. This allows your child, and each person that participates in this memory game, a chance to gush, brag, and share excitement about their gifts ( as well as targets, memory,recall, and narrative skills, and speech!)

4.Employ your child in holiday preparations and chores in the kitchen!

Naturally rewarding activities such as baking cookies, or decorating ornaments, or wrapping gifts provides lots of opportunities to describe through senses, list ingredients or supplies needed, describing attributes of color, size, shape, parts, use, composition, texture, etc; and sequencing ( first-next-then-last).Great activities, as well, for sharing quality time, and practicing fine-motor tasks along with speech and language, and being rewarded with a sweet or savory treat, a  completed task or product, and maybe even a new skill ( such as measuring, cutting, folding, mixing etc.)

 January 27, 2019:  Hi everyone! This "tidbit" is for information related to: Hearing loss

Find out what the "speech banana" is  all about! Go to this website to view the audiogram of familiar sounds 

 This information is presented in a "parent -friendly" manner  ( SLP friendly, too !) Hearing acuity, as well as listening perception and processing, is critical for speech development, but also for daily communication, understanding, and life skills/functioning.


March 30, 2019:    Happy Spring !  I have recently discovered a resource that features many common gestural hand signs for early words to teach babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers that are developing expressive language/communication skills.  The part I love about this on-line site, is that they feature a video diagram ( with a live person ), as well as teaching notes to learn the signs;  for 600 common signs/words!!!   Pairing gestural signs, with spoken words can help to support speech and language development, even if hearing skills are within normal limits/ is not impaired. Signs are especially useful in helping to facilitate the use of spoken words, with children that may be considered "late talkers".Using simple sign gestures with your child initially, and then gradually using hand-over-hand teaching to help them to learn to use the hand motions, while modeling the spoken word, may help your child to have another way to express wants/needs/thoughts; instead of only using vocalizations or body movements that are less appropriate, until they have developed more speech and language skills that are "appropriate" ( example: learning to sign "want" or "help" vs. grabbing or screaming ).  See the following site for access to the free "DICTIONARY" resource of these 600 signs: 

April 2019 :  UNDERSTANDING the IMPORTANCE of LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT  (see:  for  Information and strategies/activities to support language development and literacy

May 2019:  Here is a website to check out, regarding KIDS HEALTH, that I recommend:   It is a health education website for children,youth, and their caregivers.  Helpful information about health, ages and stages, how the body works, medications, healthy living, prevention, education /learning; such as articles, diagrams, etc. related to hearing/vision, the brain, mental health, development, etc. 

 JUNE 2019:  Amazing! Where did the year go???  We are at the end of yet another school year, but at the start of hopefully an awesome summer for all!  I have seen SO much growth in my student's communication skills over this 2018-19 school year!  I hope that parents/families can keep supporting their growth over the summer.  I recommend the following web-site for information about  5 great summer activities to promote speech and language development ( creating a summer scrapbook, using sidewalk chalk, designing a placemat, making creative snacks, and planning a treasure hunt ):   CHECK IT OUT & HAVE FUN !!!!!

December 2019:  For some great road trip activities, and a change-of-pace ( no-tech), take a look at the following website for creative ideas :   Have fun and a safe trip , wherever you might be venturing off too!

February 2020: Social communication is the use of language in social contexts. It encompasses social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics, and language processing.  Information related to social language and social skills developmental norms/benchmarks is available from Gard, Gilman, & Gorman ( 1993) and Russell (2007).  See Search:  social communication benchmarks[PDF]  Social Communication Benchmarks

March 2020:   Happy Spring !!!!  I have been having fun checking out some GREAT storybooks for kids related to communication! The following books are by Julia Cook and are also available as read-alouds on YouTube  #KidStoryTime. They probably would be most appropriate for Kindergarten age +:  Personal Space Camp ( about personal space), My Mouth is a Volcano! (about interupting), and Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice ( about using appropriate speaking/voice volume).    Additional recommended books not found as  read-alouds, but still great to check out, perhaps at the library, or from Barnes and Noble or Amazon/Kindle(not too pricey) include: Freddie the Fly , Connecting the Dots( about social cues) & Freddie the Fly: Motormouth: A Story about Learning to Listen; both by Kimberly Delude. Happy Reading !!!!