Speech and Language

  • Welcome

    Speech        Teachers: Theresa Reinhart-Ho

                                                         Gillian Ward

    Speech Rules

    Take turns
    Hands to yourself
    Do your best

  • Mission

    To ensure opportunities for all students to acquire and develop skills necessary to reach their full potential as effective communicators in spoken and written language.

    I believe...

    -students need to learn what they know and what they don't know and focus on that which is important.
    -success gives the confidence for more success so it's important to help students be successful so they are confident and want to keep trying and learning.
    -learning takes work but it has many rewards.
    -all children can learn.
    -children learn at different paces and in different ways.
    -reading with and to children and talking about what is being read is a powerful way to help children become better readers, students and communicators.

  • Background

    I graduated in December of 1990 from the University of South Florida with my Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. I am liscenced by the state of Florida and have a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I have been at Shore Acres since 2003/2004 school year. Prior to working here I worked in a small private practice working with children since 1993. Prior to that I worked with adults in nursing homes and at an area hospital. I am married and we have one son who is a second year medical student at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Select program, a daughter who is a second year student at USF and a daughter in 7th grade. I enjoy gardening, reading, shopping and exploring new places.

    - Mrs. Reinhart-Ho
  • Pre-K Strategies to help with Language

    Self Talk
    Talk about what you're doing, thinking or feeling. This also greatly improves receptive language and vocabulary.


    Repeat your child's incorrect speech sounds or grammar with the correct version. You're not telling them what they've done is wrong but you are modeling the correct way.


    Take your child's one or two word utterance and elaborate on it. Go car. Yes. Mommy is going to the store in the car. This greatly improves grammar and concept building.


    Take turns in play. Say your turn. My turn. Give your child a chance to assert their turn or state it's your turn. This is a great building block for conversation which is highly turn taking.


    Creating Opportunities
    Create situations where your child will need to communicate by intentionally withholding something they need to complete a project until they ask for it. This will improve their expressive language as well as their problem solving. Your child will need to figure out what they need and then ask for it. For example: If you are coloring with them, give them the coloring book without the crayons. They'll need to first realize they're missing something and then ask for it.

    Language-Distancing Strategies has been shown in research to be positively correlated with preschool children’s subsequent academic achievement (Sigel et al 1991).

    This would include joint book-reading sessions with young children where you read and talk about what is being read.  It also includes self talk which is listed above because it gives alternative perspectives on the present as well as calendar talk where you discuss present, past and future events.

  • Contact

    Write to:
    1800 62nd Ave NE
    St. Petersburg, FL 33702

    Voice Mail:
    570-3173 ext. 2010 e-mail reinhart-hot@pcsb.org