• Update 3/30/2020:
    Speech/Language IEPs will still be conducted via teleconference.  If you have any questions regarding your student's IEP or therapy goals, please contact me. My e-mail is dherbe@eriesd.org. Thanks! I hope everyone is being safe and healthy during this confusing time. McKinley misses their mariners! --Miss Herbe 
    Welcome to McKinley Speech/Language Therapy
     My name is Miss Herbe and I am one of the speech/language pathologists at McKinley Elementary School. In Speech/Language Class we work on communciation skills that include; articulation (speech sounds), language, social skills, stuttering, and voice.
    Keep scrolling to learn more about what happens in speech/language therapy. Also check out the bottom of the page for links to home practice/games and also netflix recommendations! 


    Difficulty pronouncing speech sounds

    Students need to practice these sounds (phonemes) in words and then phrases and then sentences and work

    their way up to conversation.  For students at the conversation level, you can work out a reminder system to let

    them know if their speech sound was good or not. For example touch your glasses if the speech sound was good.



    Disruptions in the smooth flow of speech (e.g., hesitations, repetitions)

    Give these students plenty of time to talk.  Model slow easy speech and give them advanced notice when they

    will be called upon or work out a cueing system.



    The social use of language (e.g. facial expressions, body language, manners)

    The classroom and other social settings (e.g., lunchroom, gym, after school activities) are perfect places to

    encourage skills such as appropriate eye gaze, greetings, conversations, body language, facial expressions,

    turn taking, and personal space.



    Systematic, rule-driven communication, including grammar and vocabulary

    Receptive Language – understanding language (i.e., following directions, understanding word meanings, etc.)

    Expressive Language – using language (i.e., giving directions, using correct grammar)

    Language is all around us.  You use it to communicate what you want for breakfast, the answers to the

    Science quiz, and everything in between.  You model great language skills when you teach.  For students with language difficulties, try giving multiple examples, visual aids to support what you say, and directions broken down into smaller steps.  Teachers and SLPs can also brainstorm ways to incorporate specific classroom lessons into speech therapy or specific speech goals into classroom work.

  • 30 Great Educational Netflix Shows for K-5

    Happy streaming!


    What are the best educational Netflix shows? We’ve gathered the top 30! Whether you’re showcasing these to students or using them as part of a distance learning curriculum, these are the best options currently streaming.

    Best educational Netflix shows for Elementary School

    The Magic School Bus

    When a science concept just isn’t clicking for your students … Ms. Frizzle to the rescue! Stream episodes on the human body, gardening, weather, and more.


    If you teach about the ocean, chances are there’s an Octonauts episode related to your unit.


    This science-based show answers all sorts of questions kids tend to ask.

    Ask the Storybots

    The only thing more curious than the bots are kids. Celebrity appearances and a music video at the end of each episode only add to the fun.

    The Who Was? Show

    Based on the popular book series, this live-action sketch-comedy show brings important historical figures, like King Tut, Marie Antoinette, and Pablo Picasso, to life in an entertaining and hilarious way. 

    Dino Hunt

    Top scientists examine fossils found in Canada while looking for an elusive, new species!

    If I Were an Animal

    Observe different animals as they age from babies to adults.

    Disney Nature: Oceans

    This documentary explores the ocean depths and the creatures who live within.

    White Fang

    Have students compare the film version to the classic novel of the same name.

    Growing Up Wild

    Five baby animals in different parts of the world grow up learning to survive the wild.

    Dream Big

    This compelling documentary showcases some of the world’s biggest engineering achievements.