Speech and Language - Ashford School - Hillary Lemos

Hello! I currently provide speech and language services  for children in Preschool-3rd grade at Ashford School.  Intervention includes screenings, evaluations and treatment for children with delays and difficulties in articulation, voice, fluency, as well as the understanding and use of language. Please look around the website for links to information on typical development of speech and language or links to games for your child to practice their speech sounds. Please feel free to contact me, or your child's classroom teacher, with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Contact information: You can reach me by e-mail at hlemos@ashfordct.org or by phone at 429-6419 ext. 338.  

ASHA Charts for Typical Speech and Language Development

Looking for apps that can address speech and language development?

The Duck Duck Moose apps including "Wheels on the Bus", "Itsy, Bitsy Spider", "Old MacDonald" and many more are now FREE! These apps can be used to work on action words, practice singing songs and expanding their vocabulary! 

MyPlayHome School:  "My PlayHome School" expands the PlayHome world into the classroom! Explore the school and play at being teacher, experiment in the science room, take lunch in the cafeteria or even mop the corridors! "My PlayHome School" has no time limits, scores or power ups. Just free play that powers your child's imagination." (From the iTunes page)
This app allows students to use their imaginations in creating stories or learning basic concepts (e.g., on, off, under, over, in front, behind, together, etc.). This app is $2.99.
"Imagine a doll house where your child can use everything, even the closets, TV and shower. Where you can fry an egg and feed the family pizza. Where you can pour drinks, blow bubbles and turn out the lights." (Taken from: http://www.myplayhomeapp.com/). This app is essentially a doll house that children can play with on the iPad. It is great for working on pronouns (e.g., he, she, they, him, her), verbs (e.g, cooking, eating, dancing, sleeping), expanding length of children's sentences, following directions (e.g, put the pizza on the plate, place the plate under the table), teaching common routines (e.g., have the child brush their teeth then go to bed) and many other skills. 

There is a Lite version that has 2 rooms and is free!

Primary Writer: If you're looking for an app to help your students with writing. This app provides fun borders for your student's writing. You can have your students write using the iPad or you can have them dictate their stories to you!

"A creative learning app for the iPad that empowers kids to draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons and share them with friends & family around the world." (Taken from: www.launchpadtoys.com/toontastic/) This app allows you to create your own cartoon following a story arc including a Setting, Conflict, Challenge, Climax and Resolution. It's great for working on storytelling and speech sounds since the child records their voice for the dialogue of the characters.

This app is now free! 

Another iPad app that has a free version is:

Super Duper StoryMaker:

This app allows you and your child to create stories using premade images in different categories (a great way to show examples of how different objects fit into categories) to make a picture. The student is able to type in a sentence or more to match the picture. You can also record a story using this app through the option to “Tell Story”. It will record a message so that the students can share the story to a peer or adult. It’s a great opportunity to discuss categories, put together grammatically appropriate sentences and talk about how stories have different parts (character, setting, problems, feelings, solutions, and events).

Toca Kitchen MonstersToca Kitchen Monster - Free App
"Toca Kitchen Monsters is not a game - it's a toy where you and your kids get to explore cooking. What happens if you mix a carrot and then fry it? What do Monsters like to eat? Why do the Monsters spit some food out if it is over-seasoned? Toca Kitchen supports free play for all ages and is a great way to use your imagination." - App description on the Apple website
We use this app to increase use of action words, develop an understanding of cause and effect as well as just as a fun game to use our describing words!

These resources may help you work on your child's speech and language skills:
Some pictures of projects from speech: 
*Recycling crayons into new crayons working on basic concepts (e.g., in, out, off, around, down, etc.)
*Recycling book boxes after reading the books from inside! 
*Recycling paper while working on social language and basic concepts! 
*Experimenting while practicing dramatic play!
*Reading new books! 
*Social language practice while building and puzzle making! 

Thank you so much for your support of our Donorschoose projects! Thanks to the generous support of the LilySarahGrace Foundation we were awarded a grant to fund projects based on the themes of Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss books! STEAM Education through the Art of Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss 

Students learned about the importance of recycling with The Lorax and made Truffula trees, read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and made oobleck to drip over their Lego Kingdom, created their own clouds after reading Eric Carle's Little Cloud, made Eric Carle style tissue paper art and a variety of other Eric Carle inspired art projects! 

A few years ago we had performers from Cactushead Puppets perform a puppet show of Little Red Riding Hood for grades PK-2nd grade. This team of professional puppeteers provided puppet making workshops for groups of students following the show! They learned how to make paper bag and rod puppets!


I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007 with a Masters degree in Communication 
Disorders. I am a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and have my
Certificate of Clinical Competence.  I have been working in elementary schools for 10 years. 

What does a speech therapist do in the school exactly? At the bottom of this page is an attachment from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) that describes what a speech therapist can do in the schools.
  • Contact information: You can reach me by e-mail at hlemos@ashfordct.org or by phone at 429-6419 ext. 338. 

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