Daisy Warren M.S., CCC-SLP
Director of Special Services
Hello! My name is Daisy Warren and I am the Speech Pathologist and Director of Special Services here at Frontier Public School. This is my 8th year here and I feel very fortunate to work with the children of this community. I am married to Jason Warren and we have 2 children.
As the Director, I help coordinate all of our special education services here at Frontier. As the Speech Pathologist, I work directly with children 3 years old through 12th grade who qualify for speech-language services by demonstrating significant difficulty with communication that is negatively impacting his/her academic performance, including the area(s) of speech articulation, expressive &/or receptive language, speech fluency, hearing loss, swallowing, and cognition. If you have concerns about your child or student's ability to communicate effectively, please contact me to discuss your concern and set up a plan of action. I would love to talk to you!
Some commonly asked question and areas of concern for parents and teachers include: "I think my child may have an ear infection", "My preschooler is stuttering", "I can understand my child, but no one else can", "My child has a hearing loss and is very frustrated"
Here is some information that may be helpful to you:
1)If you think your child may have an ear infection: Take your child to the doctor. Middle ear infections are among the most common childhood illnesses, with half of all children having at least one episode. Temporary hearing loss can occur during the infection, but hearing usually returns to normal as the infection clears and the fluid drains. Ear infections tend to reoccur, especially if the child has infected adenoids. An untreated infection can lead to a ruptured eardrum and loss of hearing. It is very important that your child see a doctor if you suspect a problem. Symptoms of an ear infection may include: a)fever, general fussiness, especially is child also has a cold/allergies b)acute/stabbing pain in the ear, (in babies & small children) prolonged crying & pulling/rubbing at ears c)temporary hearing loss d) bleeding or discharge of puss from the ear, likely to indicate a ruptured eardrum to relieve the pressure from the fluid (resource:"Home Health Handbook- Special Concerns of Children")
2)If you think your child stutters: Most children go through a stage of disfluent speech. Between the ages of 2 and 6 almost all children will repeat sounds, syllables,and whole words when they are speaking. Often times this is not stuttering, but rather normal, non-fluent duplications in speech. The amount of repetition will vary from child to child and from situation to situation. It may last from several weeks to several months. It may disappear then later reappear. Eventually it usually disappears altogether. Patient acceptance of your child's speech at this time is most important and here are some things you can do to help your child: a)do not call attention to your child's disfluent speech by facial expressions or word or deed b)do not tell your child to "slow down" or "take it easy" c)be sure your child is getting proper rest, diet, and exercise d)try to relieve all tensions in the home d)being sure your child knows he/she is loved just the way he/she is e)give your child plenty of time to talk without interruption f)do not act impatient or embarrassed by your child's speech g)do not expect perfection from your child (resource: "Pro-Ed- Mary Brooks & Deedra Engmann)
3)If you think your child has a speech problem: Your child's speech sounds will develop as he/she grows. Some speech sounds are considered "early developing"(3-4 years old) and some are not expected to be produced correctly until later (7 years and older). A baby typically begins making early vocalizations around 2 to 3 months of age, babbles around 6 months, and uses jargon from about 18 months to 30 months. Although he/she may not use all sounds correctly, a typical 3 year old should be understood by a stranger at least 75% of the time. A typical 3 year old should also be using words more often than gestures to communicate, speak in 3-4 word sentences, have a vocabulary of nearly 1,000 words, ask lots of questions, can tell a story about a recent event, talks to self for practice, follows routine and new directions, can stay with one activity for 8 or 9 minutes, answers questions verbally, and sings songs. (resource: "Pro-Ed- Mary Brooks & Deedra Engmann) Talk to me for activities to encourage speech & language development!!
4)If you think your child has a Hearing Loss: A child's hearing can be affected by many things. Some children run a high risk of hearing loss due to heredity or complications at birth. Toddlers and preschool age children may acquire a temporary or permanent hearing loss with repeated middle ear infections. Older children and adults may acquire a hearing loss with repeated exposure to loud noise such as music, shooting guns, operating loud equipment, working in a loud setting. If you suspect your child has difficulty hearing, talk to your child's doctor about having his/her hearing evaluated by an audiologist. Early attention to your child's hearing will help your child reach his/her full potential. Here are some things to look for: a)birth to 3 yrs: startle or cry at loud noises, stop moving and seem to listen to speech and sounds, awaken at a loud sound b)3-6 months:look toward a sound or speaker, smile when spoken to c)enjoys rattles and toys that make noise d)6-9 months: responds to his/her name, babble and make lots of different sounds, responds to "no" e)9-12 months: turn/look when name is called, listens to people talking, responds to simple commands like "come here" f)understands "bye-bye" g)12-18 months: point to objects and familiar people when named, imitate simple sounds.words, follow simple spoken directions, say 2-3 words by age 1 and 8-10 words by 18 months old. h)1and a half to age 5: hears you call from another room, hear and understand conversation easily, hear quiet "whispered" speech, normal vocabulary- speech sound-sentence structure development. (resource: "Pro-Ed- Mary Brooks & Deedra Engmann)
If you have any questions about your child's communication skills and development, contact me!! I look forward to speaking with you and working with your children.
(580) 723-4361 x 2244