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The Speech and Language Program is here to help children who experience difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

Expressive Language:  The ability to express and sequence ideas clearly using correct grammar and syntax (word order).

Receptive Language:  The ability to understand spoken language, follow directions, and make sense of classroom instruction. 

Phonological Awareness:  Understanding that words are made up of sounds, sounds can be manipulated to change words, and sounds correspond to letters in print.

Articulation/Phonology:  The ability to produce sounds in a manner appropriate to the child's age.

Fluency:  The ability to communicate ideas without excessive repetitions and hesitations.

Voice:  The ability to use correct voice volume, quality, and pitch.

Often difficulties in these areas can interfere with a child's educational progress, academically, emotionally, or socially.  When one or more of these areas listed above begins to negatively impact a child's success in school, intervention may be necessary. 

I am very proud to be a part of the McGraw Central School District team. My role is is to assess the communication needs of all students in school and to plan and advise staff and parents on the implementation of communication programs.  I also offer direct therapy to approximately 50 students. The Speech and Language Therapy services offered are primarily assessment based.  Objectives are set jointly with the teaching staff and are followed up in the classroom as part of curriculum.  I look forward to working together with each parent and teacher to help our students meet their full potential and experience success.  Please feel free to contact me at any time (607) 836-3681.

 “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”– Mother Teresa


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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636