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About Me

Hello! My name is Laura Hughes, and I am the district's Speech Language Pathologist. I provide speech therapy services to students in grades K-12. This is my second year providing speech and language services in Richland School District, and my 7th year practicing speech language pathology within the school setting.
I earned my Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014, and immediately began my career as a school-based clinician in August 2014. Additionally, I have earned and maintained ASHA certification and my license to practice speech language pathology in the state of Pennsylvania. I have always loved working within the school setting and supporting my students as they reach their goals and build confidence. I strive to make each one of my therapy sessions engaging, fun, and supportive as my students work to build the speech and language skills they need to succeed.
Outside of my work as a speech language pathologist, I am a mom of two toddler boys, Colton and McCoy. We reside in New Florence, and we enjoy spending time outside, reading books, and playing games. In my free time, I love to read, cheer on the Pittsburgh  Penguins, and go fishing. 
I am looking forward to another wonderful school year! 


I hope everyone is having a great and safe school year so far! I wanted to let everyone know that I plan to start back up with Seesaw!
For returning students from last year, we will be using the same login information from last year with the same portfolio. If you need access to the code again for your student, please let me know.
For any new students this year in speech therapy, I will be sending home links and directions for how to use Seesaw and how we utilize this program in speech!
If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! 

Office Hours for Remote Learners

Hello! I will have office hours every week as follows:
Monday: 8:00 - 8:25
Wednesday: 8:00 - 8:25
Friday: 1:00 - 1:30
If you have any specific questions for me, or need any help from me, please call or email me to schedule an appointment at one of these times. I'm happy to help in any way I can! I can be reached by phone at 814-266-5757 ext. 6173 or by email at

Hello! Over the course of the next week, I will be reaching out to the families of my students who are currently participating as a remote learner to schedule speech therapy sessions. However, in the mean time, I wanted to share 5 very helpful tips from the American Speech Language Hearing Association describing how parents can maximize the effectiveness of virtual speech therapy sessions.
I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you soon!

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school! I wanted to take a few minutes to welcome back all of my students and families as we begin the 2020/2021 school year. Whether we will be meeting in person or virtually, I am so excited to see familiar faces returning and meet my new students and families as well! Please take a few moments to watch my video as I welcome everyone back to speech, and explain our use of the Seesaw app in the therapy sessions. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!

Activities for Speech & Language Practice

Here is a link to a great resource of word lists for specific speech and language targets that you can practice at home! To access the word lists, simply click on the skill you would like to practice (i.e. R, S, Verbs, 2-Step Directions, etc.) and you'll be able to see a list of words and concepts to practice! 
You can choose a few to practice each day! Remember to always give strong models of the skills and direct your child to look at you while you say the sounds or make sentences together. Any of the words can be incorporated into a board game to make practicing fun! For example, when taking turns in a board game, have your child choose a word and practice the sound using their best speech 5 times. If your child is practicing language skills, ask them to use a verb in a sentence, pretend to ask a friend or you a question using correct grammar, name three or more items in a category, or answer who/what/where/when/why questions. Then, he or she can take their turn. When it's your turn, you can also do the same skill and give a strong model of the speech or language skills you want them to be using.

Speech & Language: What's the Difference?

A question I often have is, "What's the difference between speech and language? Aren't they the same thing?" Actually, they're not! Speech is how we say words and sounds. Language refers to words, and how we use words to communicate. Check out this page from ASHA that explains, in detail, the differences between speech and language! 

Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday break! As we get back into the routine, I am welcoming some new friends into speech therapy! Whether your child is just starting in speech therapy, or if they've already been in speech, I wanted to take this time to remind everyone about using the Seesaw app!
If you haven't used it yet, or if your child is new to speech therapy, Seesaw is a free app that allows you to link to your child's individual speech journal. The journal contains videos, pictures, and other posts about the activities your child does in speech therapy. This is a very helpful tool to allow you to see and hear the activities that are going on in the speech therapy sessions. It will also give you tips on how to help your child improve their skills at home. Seesaw is free and 100% private. The only people who can see the posts in your child's journal are myself and you! 
If you need help connecting, or need to know your child's specific QR code, please don't hesitate to contact me! I'm happy to help! 

Speech & Language Holiday Practice Ideas

As we move closer to the holiday break, I wanted to share some fun ways to incorporate speech and language practice and enrichment as your prepare for the holiday season! Below is a link with a few fun and engaging ideas you can do with your child to help strengthen communication skills during this busy time of year. 

The S Slide

Here's a helpful trick to try for some extra practice to help your child produce a better S with the T to S slide! To use, quickly "climb" the ladder using your finger while saying the sound for T. (Remember, just use the T sound, not "tah") When you reach the top, hold out the T while sliding down to an S! Teeth should be together, and air is moving forward! 
 Last week we started using Seesaw to share our hard work in our speech therapy sessions! The students have been very excited, and proud, to showcase their hard work through videos and pictures. If you have not already done so, please feel free to download the free Seesaw app, and follow the directions and QR code to link to your child's specific portfolio! QR codes and directions have been sent home for each child in the mail. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! 
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
Soon, you will be receiving information in the mail regarding the use of the Seesaw app for speech therapy sessions! Seesaw is a fun, powerful tool for engaging students in showcasing and actively using their speech and language skills learned in our therapy sessions. The letter that is coming home will have further explanation regarding how to use Seesaw, and the details surrounding the use of this app in the speech therapy sessions.