Speech Pathology News: Parent Workshop Handouts

It was a great to have so many people attend the parent workshops on the 2nd and 4th of March. For those who were unable to attend but would like the information please find the slides and handouts attached below. We look forward to running other workshops in the terms ahead so watch out for information in the newsletter and your child’s communication book.

Thank you,

The Fremantle LDC Speech Pathology Team

General Language Stimulation Ideas

Modelling and Recasting

Parent Workshop – DLD Oral Language 2021


Speech Pathology News: Oral Language Assessments

The Speech Pathologists along with the teachers have finally completed the oral language assessments and have begun our regular in class programs. The focus of these programs is in the areas of expressive and receptive language

Receptive language is the understanding of language ‘input’. Children need to understand the words used, accurately interpret grammatical structures (e.g. understanding that ‘she’ refers to a girl) and consider the social context to comprehend what has been said.

Expressive language is the planning and production of language ‘output’. To express their wants and needs, children need to select the correct words, combine them into grammatically correct sentences, and use appropriate gestures and facial expressions to get their message across.

Within these domains we target a variety of oral language areas including:

  • Grammar: This is the area of language that relates to organising words and sentences according to a set of rules.
  • Semantics: This is the area of language that involves our understanding of the meaning of words and sentences, our vocabulary, and using words appropriately when we speak.
  • Pragmatics: This is the area of language that relates to the use of language in social contexts (knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it).
  • Phonology: This is the area of language that relates to the movement and coordination of muscles to produce the sounds of speech.

Your child’s IEP will tell you more about the specific language goals we are targeting with your child in class.

The Fremantle LDC Speech Pathology Team

Speech Pathology News: Welcome to Term One of 2021!

Welcome to Term One of 2021! It was a bit of an unusual start to the year but we are all very excited about finally meeting our students face to face and particularly getting to know the students who have just joined us this year.

The speech pathologists are currently in the process of completing oral language assessments alongside the teachers, and  this will help to guide classroom instruction and intervention in the latter half of the term.

This year, we have had a few changes to the speech pathology team. We were very sad to say good-bye to James Wilson at the very end of last year, but we are excited to welcome Elly Busby and Nicole Chambers in his place. The speech pathology team for 2021 is as follows:

  • Elly Busby – 4 days a week working at the Willagee and Beeliar Sites
  • Nicole Chambers – 1 day a week working at the Willagee site
  • Jasmyn Hall – 5 days a week working at the Bull Creek and Willagee Sites
  • Mikayla Orzanski – 3 days a week working at the Willagee Site
  • Sarah Ferdinand – 2 half days a week at the Willagee Site
  • Megan Griffiths – full time at the Willagee and Beeliar Sites

We will be running some parent workshop in week 5. We will be talking about Developmental Language Disorders and the difference between oral language and speech. We also look forward to explaining a bit more about how oral language is supported with in the school and how you can help at home. Everyone is invited to the session but they will be particularly aimed at our parents of children who are new to the school. A flyer should have come home with your child earlier in the week, please see a copy below.  If you are interested in attending please make sure you have returned the RSVP slip to your child’s teacher or entered the form below by tomorrow.

The Fremantle LDC Speech Pathology Team

Speech Pathology News: Play

Learning Through Play

Play is important for children as it helps them to make sense of the world, learn social skills and communicate effectively with others. As children learn best through play, play can be used to enhance the learning of speech and language skills in fun and supportive contexts.

5 Strategies to Develop Language Through Play

Here are five strategies to help your child develop language skills through play:

  • Let your child take the lead — you can let your child choose an activity that he/she is interested in. There will be more opportunities for language learning when your child is engaged in the activity.
  • Model language — speak clearly and use the correct grammar when speaking with your child. If your child pronounces a word incorrectly, you do not have to correct them, just say the word back correctly to show that you have understood him/her.
  • Observe and comment — when playing with your child, do not feel that you have to fill the silences. Just take a step back, observe and comment about what you or your child is doing so that they can learn new vocabulary.
  • Take Turns — turn-taking can help your child to develop social and communication skills. Activities such as board games can provide opportunities for your child use language to initiate turn-taking. You can use body language (eye contact, gestures) and ask questions to prompt for turn-taking.
  • Allow for repetition— repetition of the same activity can help to build mastery and refine the skills that the child has developed. As children learn language through repetition, it is useful to use the same games, songs and books repeatedly, particularly those that they enjoy.

 Play Activity: Small World Play

Small world play enables your child to act out stories using small objects as play props to represent real-life objects. You can ask your child to design their small world. Water, sand, leaves, flowers can be included to make the play more sensory and interesting.  Here’s what you need to do to get started:

  • Decide on your theme — the theme should be familiar to your child and something that he/she is interested in. You can build a farm, school or city or even a fairy land or dinosaur world.
  • Collect your materials— children love to be involved in looking for items to create the small world. You can house the small world in a box and build the small world with things you already have at home such as plants, pebbles and toys. Encourage your child to talk about what they are including in the small world, why they have chosen these items and where these items are going to be placed.
  • Acting out stories — acting out stories in the small world is a good way for your child to develop language skills in a meaningful context. If you build a farm, potential story ideas can be about the feeding of animals in the farm or cleaning the barns. You can facilitate language learning for your child by introducing new words and expanding on his/her sentences during play.