students with special needs in communication.
What does the
Speech-Language Pathologist do?
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are employed
by the Department of Education and Training (DET). SLPs provide services for
students with special needs in communication who are experiencing barriers
SLPs are university trained health professionals
who are able to assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing
DET SLPs also work closely with the school
team to implement oral language and metalinguistic programs (whole school
approaches, whole class programs, and support programs)
Students with special needs in communication may need SLP assistance in the
Oral Language: Understanding directions, questions and different
types of word and sentence structures; expressing information, knowing the
words for things (vocabulary), and asking questions.
Speech: Being able to say sounds correctly.
Phonological Awareness: Being able to identify, segment, blend and
Use): Using language appropriately to
be able to relate to peers and teachers.
Alternative Communication (AAC): For students
requiring high and low tech communication aids, such as key word sign or voice
Eating and Drinking: For students who have difficulties with oral motor
control required to safely eat or drink.
I have concerns about my
child’s speech and/or language development. What can I do?
concerns with the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will be able to
provide further information about the DET SLP referral and prioritisation
Look at the
‘Parent Resources’ tab for information on speech and language development and
strategies to use at home.
the ‘SPEAK’ app by the Department of
Education and Training. This app provides a range of fun, free activities, ideas and information for
parents, carers and educators to support and nurture language development in
children from 0-6 years of age. Multiple activities are found within each age
group to help boost your child's speaking and listening ability.