Mrs. Francine Gulino

Phone: (610) 932-6632 x6635


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Chemistry BA English MA English MA Communication Science and Disorders

Mrs. Francine Gulino

I am the speech language pathologist for Nottingham Elementary School. have been a speech language pathologist since 2013. Speech and language support is my second career, as I used to teach composition and literature at the college level.  I am a local resident with a high school senior attending the Avon Grove School District and a college student at Millersville University. I love the warm atmosphere of Oxford Area School District and I love working here. 

  • Welcome to Speech and Language support.  Speech and Language support is a part of special education and provides help for students who have difficulties talking and listening.  I work closely with classroom teachers, special education teachers, and other related services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing support) to help students with communication needs thrive at Nottingham Elementary School.  Most people think that speech and language support is only about helping students say their 'r' sounds.  Of course I help with that!  But I also help students who stutter, who have difficulty figuring out what to say, or those who have a hard time understanding (like following directions and listening to longer stories).  If your child receives speech and language support, take some time to explore this website.  I have information about all kinds of disorders plus how to help your child communicate better at home.  My phone number and email address are listed above if you need to contact me.  Be aware that I will not be in my office daily, as we are in a virtual model of instruction, so phone messages will not get to me as quickly as email.

  • Straight Talk about Speech and Language -- Monthly Blog

  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 8/28/2020

    It's been a roller coaster of a summer, but here we all are, back at school in the virtual setting. Whether you are happy to stay at home or not, we are going to make the best of it and thrive in this environment.

    I am looking forward to getting to know everybody, new parents and new students. There will be no speech and language therapy for the first week, as students get used to their new schedules.  In time, I will develop a schedule and share it with students and parents.  

    Let's make things happen this fall!  Here's to a fun and productive first quarter!

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  • Speech and Language Support during school closings this spring

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 3/15/2020

     For details regarding speech and language support during the school closing this spring, please check out the link to the left of my photo, or click here.

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  • February focus is on active verbs!

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 2/9/2020

    It's February.tWe are a little over half way through our year.  The students have been working hard on their goals.  Whether they are working on howto say their sounds or what to say, please help them by supporting them in their homework and talking together.

     Did you know that I have a quizlet account and that your students can practice some language skills by usiing this app? If you are interested in becoming part of my classroom, set up a quizlet account and enter the following code:  WQP9tV6jM  

    Student iPads have access to quizlet at school so they can practice their skills if they have free time. You can also practice them at home on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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  • January Starts with Pokemon Day!

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 1/7/2020

    Pichu card

    Pokemon Day

    Hello and I hope you are ready  for a new year!  This month we started out with a bang -- or should I say a Thundershock!  January 2nd was Pokemon Day.  Twenty three of my students participated (which is almost half of my caseload).  They came in, picked a pokemon, described it, explained how it was the same/different from another Pokemon, and finally made their own Pokemon cards using a tool on the internet.  I have uploaded one of the cards so you can see.  

    I am attaching a link to the Pokemon Card Creator that we used to produce these cards.  It is here.


    Goal Board

    The rest of this month, we will focus on goals.  We will make a goal board where we count how many speech goals we master for the year 2020.  I will also share my own personal goals with the students.  When it is finished, I will post it on the website.  Perhaps you might want to speak with your child about your own goals this month.

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  • December Activity: Exploring Categories

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 12/12/2019

    Since the end of November, the students have had an extra opportunity to work on categorizing and describing common objects.  We have been posting the name of a category on the wall outside the speech room.  Then students are given the opportunity to name an item in the category and list three important attributes of that item.  Then they can perform a task with the item -- either make a definition or compare it to another item -- and hang it on the wall afterwards.  If they do this task, they can earn a swedish fish or a Hershey Kiss.  

    Talking about categories helps students organize information in their minds.  It is not so difficult to do with everyday items like vehicles, farm animals, or parts of a house as we are doing in speech. It gets very difficult when they are asked to do the same tasks to talk about two passages in a story or two characters.  Or even two properties of matter. But the principals of the activity are the same.

    So talk about Categories in your house.  Ask your child to describe things for you.  To help you, I have uploaded a copy of the word web we used in class. I have also provided two links to games you can play at home. The first is like a board game; the second is an onlline game.  Have fun!

    Beginning of Week Three:  Things in a House

    Beginning of Week Three:  Things in a house 


    Word Web Sheet for you to use at home ---Small Word Webs

    Links to games you can play about categories:

    NameCategory Game -- for groups

     the Category -- online game

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  • Our blankets are on their way to AI Dupont

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 11/17/2019

    Blankets from Speech students


    The blankets we knotted in speech last month are on their way to AI Dupont hospital. There they will find homes with children. Thank you speech students for your hard work.

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  • Learning about Generosity, Gratitude and Empathy

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 10/22/2019

    In the months of October and November, the students in speech and language support are going to help me make two fleece blankets to give to children at A.I. Dupont hospital.  This project is a way to help students feel good about themselves as they learn new skills.  Some of the skills we will work on are following directions, telling narratives, making and learning new definitions, describing things, and, of course, all while using our good speech sounds. date Here are some pictures of the project as it begins.  We will keep you updated.  

    Meanwhile, November conferences are approaching. Please let the office know if you would like to meet with me.  You can also just stop in to get some hands on practice on helping your child work on speech homework.

    Superhero blanket Unicorn Blanket -- we'll start that next!

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  • When should I refer my child for speech and language screening?

    Posted by Francine Gulino on 9/27/2019

    The subject of the first blog of the year is the referral process.  If your child is a school-aged student, they may qualify to receive some sort of speech and language support.  Here are several reasons your child may need to go through this process so that he or she can be screened by a speech language professional.

    Referrals for speech

    Speech articulation is the way that we use our lips, tongue, teeth, and jaw to create the sounds of speech.  Each language has its own particular sounds. Children begin to learn these sounds when they begin babbling and continue to learn them.  Most children should have all the sounds needed to speak their language between 6 and 8 years old.  However, others do not learn to use these sounds.  Instead, they may replace them with other sounds or omit them entirely. This is why little children might say 'cah' instead of 'car' or 'thit down ' instead of 'sit down'.   

    If your child is school aged and not saying some of their speech sounds correctly, they may need help from a speech and language professional.  If you have any concerns, please let your teacher know. They will send you a referral form to fill out so that the speech language pathologist assigned to your school can screen your child and let you know what they think should happen next.

    Some children say their speech sounds correctly, but they get caught on some sounds. This influences their speech fluency. If your child's speech is 'bumpy' this is another reason to ask for a speech screening.

    Referrals for language

    Speech language pathologists also help children develop more complex language. If your school-aged child seems to have difficulty speaking in complete sentences or understanding what you are saying to them, they may have a language impairment.  If they tend to use words like 'thingy' and 'you know' to explain themselves, or tend to tell stories using sounds and gestures rather than words, that might mean they have difficulty expressing themselves.  If they cannot follow multistep directions or understand a simple oral narrative, they may have difficulties with listening comprehension.  Typically these children struggle in school as well.  If you have any concerns, please speak to your teacher.  If the teacher is seeing similar issues at school, a referral to have the speech language professional screen the child's language skills can be issued.  

    If you have further questions, please contact me at

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