Potrero School Speech CompetitionSpeech Club is a voluntary club for students to learn how to make class presentations, practice their public speaking skills, and increase their overall communicative confidence. Speech Club occurs during lunch time at school in the Speech Room on a weekly basis unless otherwise specified (i.e. no school, coach absence, etc.). It is recommended that Speech Club students be allowed to go to the front of the lunch line, and be given permission to bring their lunches to the Speech Room for club meetings.

The goal of Speech Club is that each student who comes regularly will learn to SPEAK

  1. STAY ON TOPIC – State relevant information. Be concise. Don’t go off topic, and don’t ramble.
  2. POSTURE – Sit/stand up straight, using some gestures, no fidgeting
  3. EYE CONTACT – Look at the audience regularly, connecting with your listeners.
  4. ARTICULATE – Speak clearly with good volume, no mumbling, forming sentences well.
  5. KNOW THEIR MATERIAL – study, review, and be confident. Be passionate and excited.

Rules and requirements:

  • Students must participate. Students know they don’t have to be master speakers and that it’s fine and it’s expected to make mistakes – they’re here to learn. But students must be willing to make an effort and try.
  • Students must act responsibly and come regularly. If students miss two Speech Club sessions in a row, they get returned to the waiting list.
  • Students must be respectful to the teacher and others. Students are asked to leave Speech Club for the day (to their recess) if they continue a disrespectful behavior.
  • Teamwork makes the dream work! Students must work as a team and encourage one another rather than making fun of each other.

In summary – students know to do their “P.A.R.T.” during each meeting in order to maximize learning

Participate: Be willing to participate, try your best, and you will learn!

Act responsibly: Come on time, and stay for the whole session

Respect others: Listen to Mr. Wes, and be a good audience

Teamwork: Stay positive, and say kind things to others

At Speech Guy, LLC, our goal is to support the youth of our communities by partnering with Regional Centers, Health Care services, and School Districts to improve communication confidence, helping each client to best discover his/her voice.


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We at SPEECH GUY®, LLC, are pleased to have the opportunity to serve you and your child. In serving you and your child, we are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to provide you with this notice of privacy practice.

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH/THERAPY INFORMATION ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CHILD MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact Wes Nicholson at – To submit correspondences in writing, please submit to 19071 Killoch Way, Porter Ranch, CA 91326. We understand that your and your child’s health/therapy information is personal. We are committed to protecting this information. We create a record of the care and services received. We need this record to provide quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose your and your child’s health/therapy information. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of health/therapy information. We are required by law to: ­make sure that your child’s information is kept private, ­give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices, and ­follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.

HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH INFORMATION. The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose health/therapy information. We will explain what we mean and give some examples for each category. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories.

For Treatment:  We may use your child’s health/therapy information to provide your child with speech therapy and determine frequency of therapy. We also may disclose health/therapy information about you or your child to people outside of the health system who may be involved in your health/speech therapy treatment.

For Payment: We may use and disclose you or your child’s health/therapy information so the treatment and services you receive may be billed to, and payment may be collected from your Regional Center.

For Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your child’s health/therapy information for health care operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary for SPEECH GUY®, LLC to run the operation and make sure that all of our clients receive quality care. For example, we may use health/therapy information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also disclose your child’s information to speech language pathologists, speech pathology students, and other personnel for review and learning purposes. We may remove information that identifies you or your child from this set of information so others may use it to learn or study without learning who the specific patients are.

Appointment Reminders: We may use and disclose your child’s health/therapy information to contact you as a reminder that you have a therapy appointment. If you do not wish to receive appointment reminders, be sure to tell your therapy provider.

Emergencies: We may disclose health/therapy information about you or your child to a hospital or first-responders in the case of an emergency, or an agency assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, or location. We may use and disclose health/therapy information about you or your child when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your or your child’s health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.

Workers’ Compensation. We may release health/therapy information to SPEECH GUY®, LLC’s Workers’ Compensation carrier and its agents, as required by workers’ compensation laws.

Public Health/Safety Risks. As required by law, we may disclose your or your child’s health/therapy information to public health authorities for purposes related to: preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability; reporting medical device safety issues and adverse events to the federal Food and Drug Administration’s Med Watch program; and reporting disease or infection exposure. We may disclose pertinent health information to government agencies authorized by law to receive reports of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence if we believe that you or your child has been such a victim.

Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose health/therapy information to your Regional Center, Department of Health Services, or a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. We may release health/therapy information to a coroner or medical examiner, or a funeral director as necessary to carry out their duties.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your or your child’s health/therapy information in the course of an administrative or judicial proceeding as required by law, such as in response to a court order.

Law Enforcement: We may release health/therapy information to a law enforcement official if required/permitted by law.

Specialized Government Functions. We may release health/therapy information about you or your child to authorized federal officials for national security and intelligence, military, or veteran’s activities required by law.

USES OF HEALTH/THERAPY INFORMATION THAT REQUIRE AUTHORIZATION –  Disclosures of health/therapy information that are not related to treatment, payment, or health care operations, or are not otherwise covered by this notice (e.g., under “Special Situations”) can be made only with your specific written authorization. You may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you or your child for the reasons covered by your written authorization. However, we will not be able to take back any disclosures that we have already made with your prior permission.

YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING OBTAINING HEALTH/THERAPY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD – You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about your child: ­

Right to Review and Copy. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of medical/therapy information that may be used to make decisions about your child’s care. If a parent or legal guardian requests files, he or she must demonstrate the legal right to access this information. Usually, this information includes therapy, medical, and billing records, but may not include therapy notes, information compiled for use in or created in anticipation of a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding, or certain test results subject to the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Act of 1988. You must submit your request for your child’s therapy records in writing to SPEECH GUY®, LLC. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing, or other supplies associated with your request.

Right to Appeal a Denial of Access to Records. We may deny your request to receive access to records involving your child if the health provider has determined that access to your health information is likely, for clearly stated treatment reasons, to have an adverse effect on you or the child. ­If there is a pending or active legal proceeding such as the dissolution of marriage and/or a proceeding involving the custody of the child, we may deny access to health/therapy information. If you are denied access to health/therapy information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. We may deny access without review if you are denied access to information compiled for use in or created in anticipation of a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding.

Right to Amend. If you feel that therapy and health information we have about you or your child is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is maintained. Submit your request in writing to SPEECH GUY®, LLC. Your request must be made in writing and include a reason that supports your request. We may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that ­is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy, or ­information that we believe is accurate and complete. ­

Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information we use or disclose about you or your child for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the health/therapy information we disclose about you or your child to someone who is involved in your or your child’s care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. While we are not required to agree to your request by law, if we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you or your child emergency treatment. You must make your request for any restrictions in writing to SPEECH GUY®, LLC. In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; (3) to whom you want the limits to apply (for example, disclosures to your spouse). ­

Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about health/therapy matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. You must make your request for confidential communications in writing to SPEECH GUY®, LLC. You may choose to provide or not provide the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. ­

Copies and Changes. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. You may also print a copy of this notice at our website: We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for health/therapy information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. Current copies of this notice will be available on our website

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint by contacting the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.