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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
From Newser:
Screen Time for Young Children Linked to Speech Delays

Time on a tablet may slow speech development in young children, new research shows. Pediatricians at the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada who examined the effect of screen time on 900 children between 6 months and 2 years old found a 49% increased risk of delayed speech for every additional 30 minutes spent using a touch screen, Time reports. While previous studies have reported negative effects associated with screen time, including sleeping problems, the research presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies was the first to establish a link between handheld devices and expressive language delay. Expressive language refers to the ability to convey feelings and information, per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Screen time did not affect other types of communication, such as social interaction or body language. Led by Dr. Catherine Birken, the team found that by 18 months, one-fifth of the children studied used tablets, smartphones, or other handheld devices an average of 28 minutes a day. With devices "everywhere these days," Birkin says in a news release that all screen time for children under 18 months should be discouraged, a suggestion echoed by the AAP. That even goes for apps marketed as educational. One expert tells Time that the littlest ones can't understand the connection between what they see on the screen and what they see in the real world. “Symbolic thinking and memory flexibility is something that apps haven’t been able to overcome, no matter how interactive they are," says Dr. Jenny Radesky.


Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) in the school setting diagnose and treat children through special education. The SLP works with children from birth to age 21. They work with children who demonstrate receptive and/or expressive language, articulation (production of speech sounds), fluency/stuttering, voice, and swallowing disorders. A speech-language pathologist may be a part of a team for a child with hearing loss, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, autism, down syndrome, developmental delays, or traumatic brain injury. Children are identified as having difficulty in these areas through routine screenings and parent and teacher referrals.

The school district offers free screenings throughout the year and appointments can also be set up with the SLP by calling the school.  

Helpful Links

American Speech Hearing Association:


Developmental Articulation Norms:   www.mpsaz.org/entz/staff/sabevier/.../files/iowa_artic_table

Developmental Speech/Language Milestones:


Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

Attention Parents/Guardians, Former Students, Eligible (Adult) Students: Special Education records which have been collected by the Hill City School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of five years after Special Education Services have ended for the student. Special Education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program on June 30th of the year after he/she turns 21, or moves from the district.

This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of the Hill City School District’s intent to destroy the Specials Education records of students who ended Special Education Services during the 2010-2011 school year and prior. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state laws unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitations services, college entrance, etc. The parent/ guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address: Hill City School District, 488 Main Street, PO Box 659, Hill City, SD 57745 Requests for copies must be received by May 15, 2017.  Steve.Helgeland@k12.sd.us These records will be destroyed after 1 June 2017.

Welcome to Hill City School District 51-2
Special Services Program
Special Services Staff:
Sarah O'Brien : Elementary Special Education Teacher

Administrative Office:
Mr. Steve Helgeland: Special Education Director
P.O. Box 659
Hill City, South Dakota 57745
Phone: 605-574-3000
Fax: 605-574-3031

Extended School Year (ESY) services will be held from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Thursday, June 29, 2017. ESY will run from 8:30-11:30 each day Monday through Thursday and will be housed in the Hill City Elementary School.
If you have any questions regarding ESY or if your child has been recommended for ESY please contact Steve Helgeland at 605.574.2281 or Steve.Helgeland@k12.sd.us
Hill City School District will be providing a no cost lunch to any child through age 18 from June 5, 2017 through July 20, 2017. Lunch will be served from 11:30-12:15. 

Para más información por favor contacte a Señora Jennifer Martius en 605.574.3013 o email Jennifer.Martius@k12.sd.us

Por favor vea su página web en http://es.hillcity.k12.sd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=605431&type=u&pREC_ID=966129