Happy Speech and Hearing Month! 

Did you know that SLPs in the Public Schools Branch diagnose and treat Language Disorders?

“Language disorders are far more common than other childhood conditions that are more familiar to the general public, such as Autism and Dyslexia. Developmental language disorders are probably the most common childhood condition you have never heard of.” – Norbury & Broddle 2016

When a person has significant trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a Language Disorder. Language disorders are common in school age children with an estimated 2 out of every 30 children suffering from a Language Disorder. During the school years, Language disorders affect all domains of academic achievement.

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Stacy Thain Receives The Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Stacy Thain, teacher at Summerside Intermediate School and currently seconded to the Department of Education, for receiving the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Stacy was recognized, in part, for her understanding of the importance of authentic, relevant learning for adolescents. She creates opportunities for students to connect what they are learning in school with the world around them. This is great news and a well-earned recognition for Stacy’s continued dedication to her students’ learning and success.

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Life Threatening Alerts to Wireless Devices

Effective April 6, the National Public Alerting system, where EMOs across the country will now be able to push life threatening alerts, will be active on all compatible wireless devices.   On May 9th at 1:55 p.m. PEI EMO will be conducting a live test of the system. The system does not allow cellphone users/owners to opt out of the alerts and only newer compatible devices will receive the alerts.   Attached here is a brief outline of the system. Feel free to also visit the website for additional information   www.alertready.ca

Many students and school staff that carry a compatible wireless device will receive this test message on May 9. Individuals with their devices on silent will not hear the alert sound however their phone will vibrate and they will receive a text like message with a message to the effect of…”This is only a test. This is a scheduled test of the Public Alerting System from Prince Edward Island’s Emergency Measures Organization. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would receive instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. This is only a test. No Action is required.”

As it is expected there could be a bit of disruption because of this message, please share this information with your as you see fit.

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May is Speech and Hearing Month

Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted, but the ability to speak, hear, and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. For those who have difficulty communicating, everyday interactions can pose significant challenges. A communication disorder may prevent an individual from performing well at work, asking for help, hearing instructions at school, or even saying ‘I love you.’

Each year, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication health. We work to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders, and the role that our members and associates play in helping people to “Speak well. Hear well. Live well.”

The 10 Speech-Language Pathologists employed by the Public Schools Branch work to help students with communication disorders access the curriculum, and succeed academically and socially. Happy Speech and Hearing Month!

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Recognize our Branch-based Staff in May

The dedication of our Branch-based staff keeps our organization running smoothly for students and staff and significantly contributes to the overall success of the PSB.  We appreciate the exceptional work of our Branch-based employees in the areas of Student Services, Human Resources, Property Management, Transportation, Technology and Data Services, Health and Safety, Policy and Planning, and Financial Services. We want to acknowledge their incredible efforts and say thank you!

The ‘Inspire’ award is one way the Public Schools Branch is using to recognize members of our educational community for the inspirational things they do to help us all experience success and make our schools and offices great places to work and learn.

Each month we are encouraging the nomination of a specific group in our Public Schools Branch family. During the month of May, we will highlight the work of our incredible Branch-based staff. To nominate someone, simply take a minute or two to complete the on-line nomination form.  The criterion for nomination is simple – they just need to have inspired others.  Nominees will receive a small PSB recognition package and a note of thanks for contributing to the PSB community.

Over 450 ‘Inspire’ Awards have been delivered so far!  Thank you for taking time this month to nominate deserving candidates and for showing our Branch-based staff how much they are appreciated.

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