• Speech-Language...where kids care about Communication


    Kathy Williams Richards, MA, CCC-SLP
    Email Address:  kathy_richards@iss.k12.nc.us

    "A Better World Tomorrow....begins with Better Speech & Langauge Skills today"
    I love Speech and Language
    Mrs. Richards' MISSION
     To Teach students how to communicate effectively.

    Celeste Henkel Speech MISSION
    Our Speech mission is to make at least 80% accuracy on all of our Speech Goals.  We will practice our speech goals at home everyday.  During speech groups, we will try our best, concentrate, listen, use mirrors, use our time wisely, and work together to meet our goals.  We will try very hard not to get frustrated when things don't come easy on the first try.
              In Mrs. Richards' Speech Class we work on:

                    1. Articulation Skills - making all speech sounds correctly
                        in conversation
                    2. Oral-Motor Skills - strengthening the muscles we use to
                        make speech sounds
                    3. Grammar Skills - understanding and using correct grammar
                        in conversation
                    4. Receptive Language Skills - vocabulary, understanding
                        associations and categories, asking Wh- questions,
                        comparing and contrasting, etc.
                    5. Expressive Language Skills - vocabulary, using associations
                        and categories, describing, answering Wh- questions,
                        giving similarities and differences, etc. 
                    6. Fluency Skills - speaking with 'easy' or fluent speech 
                    7. Voice Skills - using strategies to make our voice sound


    More about Mrs. Richards...
    I'm the Celeste Henkel Speech Language Pathologist. I've worked here since August, 1996 and have loved every minute of it.   The students that I work with (past and present) are very special to me and I love to watch them grow and succeed.  I have the fortunate opportunity to get to know my students and their families very well.  I get to know each one's own personality, distinct style, and what motivates them to succeed.  I can't imagine doing anything else with my life.  My job is awesome.  It does present challenges at times, but I LOVE IT!!!
    My education and certifications: 
    I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science.  I also hold an Master's degree in Communication Disorders, which I received from Appalachian State University.  I am ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) certified and certified by the NC Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists.
    My Other Life:
    James and I  live in Statesville and we stay busy all the time.  I have 1 son, Aidan, who is a student at Celeste.  I have 3 step children, as well. With 4 kids, we are busy most of the time. In my free time, I enjoy watching the Carolina Tarheels play basketball and football and I love to watch the Panthers win on Sunday afternoons.  I enjoy watching movies, traveling, and going out to dinner with friends.