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Susan Grissom & Katie Finnegan
Welcome! My name is Susan Grissom. I am the full-time Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at the Leman Middle School. I so enjoy working with the students at our school. They are the best!

Another SLP joins me this year at LMS, Katie Finnegan. She is part-time and will be in the building on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We service students with IEPs who have needs in the areas of articulation (sound productions), expressive language (speaking), receptive language (listening) and pragmatic language (social), fluency (stuttering) and voice. Students are serviced in Tier 3 classes or individually. Some LMS students are referred by teachers or other school staff and receive Response to Intervention assistance to determine their long term needs.
Communication is the key and is essential for good relationships and sharing your thoughts and ideas. Without it, misinterpretation is bound to occur. Communication is not always the easiest skill to utilize. Here are some key tips to help you effectively communicate!

LISTEN: If you’re talking you’re not listening

Most often information is not perceived or received correctly because one or more of the parties involved is not listening to the issues at hand. It is a well-known fact that if your lips are moving, then your ears are not one hundred percent focused on what the other person is saying. In order to listen effectively, you must close your mouth, open your ears, and in some cases, take notes so that you will remember key points.

Looking at someone while they are talking can also affect the communication process. If you do not keep eye contact on the person you are communicating with, they may take it as a sign of lack or interest. To avoid this misconception, it is important to keep eye contact with someone when you are communicating.


In most instances, raising your voice over someone elses will only cause the other person to either react in a defensive manner, neglect to participate in the conversation due to fear of further confrontation, or avoid communicating with you in the future. The best way to communicate is to, “keep calm and carry on.”


Another great way to communicate is when listening to a person try to envision yourself in the other person’s shoes. Envision how you would feel or react if you went through similar situations. When you begin to trade shoes with someone, you take yourself out of the equation and see the problem in a different light


Don’t interrupt someone while talking because it discourages the person from continuing to talk. If your communication process results in a disagreement on ideas, it is respectful to agree to disagree. Not everyone is guaranteed to think alike.

These are just a few tips on how you can enhance your communication skills. Remember, “Keep Calm And Carry On.” Communication is the key.
Wonderful Outstanding Words
  1. Trace- Outline, list in steps.
  2. Analyze– Break apart. Study the pieces.
  3. Infer–Use context clues to gain meaning. Read between the lines. 
  4. Evaluate– Judge. Tell in your own words.
  5. Formulate– Put together. Create.
  6. Describe– Paint a picture with words. Tell about it.
  7. Support – Give the facts. Back up with details
  8. Summarize– Sum it up. Give me the short version.
  9. Predict– Make a guess. Tell what will happen next.
  10. Compare– Tell all the ways they’re alike.
  11. Contrast– Tell all the ways they’re different.
  12. Demonstrate– To show clearly. To prove or make clear.
  13. Diagram– Give a drawing, chart, or graphic answer.
  14. Discuss– Examine, analyze carefully, and give reasons pro and con.
  15. Identify– Name who or what is to be identified. State main actions or qualities.
  16. Illustrate- Use a diagram to explain or clarify a principle or problem.
  17. Interpret– To explain. Give examples of, solve or comment on it.
  18. Outline– Describe main ideas, characteristics, or events.
Susan Grissom 
Speech-Language Pathologist
Leman Middle School
238 E. Hazel Street
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: 630-293-6060 x 1024
Fax: 630-562-2586
Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.

The art of effect listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to manage success.
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