Welcome to the Speech Page!
    Hello, my name is Melanie Brinkley-Young.  This will be my 22nd year working in the public school setting. I graduated from Old Dominion University in 1990 with a B.S. in Communicative Disorders. I earned my Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Old Dominion University in 1992. I am a Nationally Certified Speech Pathologist and a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). I hold a State Board of Education License in the 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.
    Here is a link to those guidelines: http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/disability-resources/speech-language-impairments

    Articulation Skills
    This is the single most area that many of our parents have concerns about. I've added a link to a developmental sound chart that gives you a break down of when your son/daughter should be able to say certain sounds correctly. These charts give the age at which 90% of either males or females should be able to produce the sound in isolation. It may a bit longer for your child to use this sound throughout their conversational speech. Here is the link to the sound development chart: 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. Simply call me at your child's school or send me an email. (my email link is at the top of the page).

    Information Junkies

    Click on this link for great speech and educational handouts! There are too many topics to list but this is an excellent site to learn about various speech and language topics. http://www.superduperinc.com/Handouts/Handout.aspx
Last Modified on December 1, 2014