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Welcome to Speech!



Welcome to Mrs. Staloff's Speech & Language Page!





Please feel free to contact me via e-mail:




Here's to Another Great Year of Speech!


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I hold a Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the Pennsylvania State University. I have been certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association in both Speech Pathology and Audiology for over 35 years as well as hold New Jersey and New York State certifications. In addition, I also have pediatric training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT). I have been living in Marlboro since 1991 and have raised my three sons here. The 2018-2019 school will be my fourteenth year working as a Speech-Language Specialist in this school district. I had previously worked at United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County and United Cerebral Palsy of New York City before moving to New Jersey.


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I have a painting of this motto hanging in my office which serves as a symbol of how I approach my job each and every day. I absolutely love working with students and strive to assist them in not only meeting their goals, but most importantly, in developing their self-esteem in the process. 


Message to Parents:


  • Children may be enrolled in speech classes if their speech and/or language adversely affect their educational performance for remediation of Articulation, Voice, Stuttering, Language or Hearing Impairments. 
  • A child may be referred by a parent or teacher.
  • The child's speech and/or language must impact on their educational performance in order to be eligible for services.
  • Should you have any questions about the process for referrals or wish to discuss your child's current program please feel free to contact me so that we can set up an appointment.
  • Speech and language goals are most successful when there is carryover at home. Activities have been posted which can be practiced at home. Please watch for articles and links to websites targeting specific topics in speech and language development. I hope these links and information sites will provide you with a better understanding of your child's program and ideas for carryover at home.   
  • Please make sure that I have your must current e-mail and other contact information so that I can continue to stay in touch regarding your child's speech program.     

New Incoming Students:


  • If your child already has a Speech Only IEP or Service Plan from an outside agency, please call me to set up an appointment to review your child's program and establish a Marlboro Township IEP.
  • Please feel free to speak to me regarding any of your concerns about your child's speech and language skills via email, phone call or through your child's speech notebook.


Message to Students: 


Don't forget to bring home your speech notebooks so that you can continue to practice your skills at home. Please have your parent or other homework helper sign off on your assignment so that you can be entered in the speech raffle. 


Speech Newsletter!






Several years ago the speech therapists in this district collaborated in writing newsletters pertaining to a variety of speech and language issues. The first edition was released in November, 2011 with follow-up editions released in May, 2012, January 2013, and May, 2013.  We were excited to be able to impart what we felt were important issues regarding various topic areas which are still relevant today.



Poster Contest!


The Marlboro Township Speech & Language Department sponsored a poster contest a few years ago to promote awareness of speech and language services. This contest was open to all students who had been receiving speech services in any of the township's K-8 schools. Winners were chosen in each of the schools. There were so many wonderful entries received from the Dugan speech students. There was a three way tie for first place.


 This was submitted by a first grade student.



 This was submitted by a second grade student.




 This was submitted by a fifth grade student.




Mrs. Sisselman and I were so very proud of all of the posters submitted. Special recognition was given to all participants.






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I will be available to meet with you regarding your child's program during the regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences throughout the year. Please stop by my office (room 41) either before or after your conference time with your child's classroom teacher. Please be patient. There may be several parents waiting to discuss their child's speech program. I look forward to meeting with each of you. As always, I am available for consultation regarding your child's program throughout the year. Please feel free to send me an e-mail with any concerns or comments that you might have.


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** Please note that I will be giving an inservice on Monday, November 12th from 6:00-7:00 pm for those parents of students who have been assigned to the Hearbuilder Online program. I will return to my room (room 41) to meet with any parents that wish to discuss their child's speech program at 7:00 pm. 




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WOW! I am truly speechless. My teacher page was accessed almost 60,000 times from January through November of 2017.

 It truly has been wonderful hearing from and corresponding with other Speech-Language Specialists, parents and students across the country.  Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions, suggestion for additional links, or would just like to chat!







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Click on this link for an explanation of why you hear your voice differently from others.







The entire speech department would like to express our gratitude to the  for funding a grant for the    



 program for another year!















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