My name is Kimberley Cathey and I am the speech-language pathologist at Ronald E. McNair Elementary School. I work with children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, who have difficulties in the area of communication. These areas include language (receptive and expressive), articulation, fluency (stuttering), voice and hearing. If you have concerns about your child's ability to communicate, please discuss this with his/her classroom teacher or feel free to contact me directly. A speech-language pathologist (SLP)is a professional, trained at the master's level to screen, evaluate, diagnose, remediate and help children with communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and/or licensed by your state. Areas SLP's work with: 1. Articulation - the ability to produce speech sounds 2. Language - the ability to understand spoken or written language or to express themselves adequately (this includes social communication) 3.Fluency - the ability to produce speech that flows smoothly 4. Voice - this refers to vocal quality (ex. hoarseness, volume, pitch, etc.). Before any treatment for voice concerns can occur, it will require medical clearance from an ear, nose, and throat specialist.