Lesley Womble, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
     Speech-Language Pathologist 
    Shawboro Elementary School
    Moyock Middle School
    Welcome to the Speech Page! 
    Hello, my name is Lesley Womble and I am one of the Speech-Language Pathologists with Currituck County Schools.  I am a Nationally Certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  I hold a NC State Board of Examiners License in the area of Speech Language Pathology.  
    Speech Therapy Services
    There are four main areas in which students can receive services. These include articulation (how you pronounce sounds), language (understanding and using language), fluency (stuttering) and voice (the quality, pitch, or resonance). The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has developed guidelines that the IEP team must use and adhere to when deciding who qualifies for speech services. There are three prongs or criteria that a student must meet in order to be eligible for speech services in the public school setting. The student must have a disability in one of the four speech areas (articulation, language, fluency, or voice), the disability must impact educational performance, and the student must need specially designed instruction.  
    Articulation Skills 
    This is the single most area where many parents have concerns.  I've added a link to a developmental sound chart that gives you a breakdown of when your son/daughter should be able to say certain sounds correctly. This chart gives the age at which 90% of either males or females should be able to produce the sound in isolation.  It may take a bit longer for your child to use this sound throughout their conversational speech.  Here is the link to the sound development chart:

    If you are concerned about how your child pronounces sounds, if he/she has problems understanding when you speak to him/her, does not use complete sentences, is stuttering, or has voice quality issues, then you can request a screening.  You can email me at: lwomble@currituck.k12.nc.us