Speech Pathology News: Literature Based Units

Welcome back for term two. The speech pathology team is looking forward to beginning our class intervention programs again. We organise our whole class language sessions around a book which is connected to the curriculum content from subjects such as HASS and Science. By using some of the classroom content it makes practising language skills more meaningful. It also provides lots of opportunities to practise language targets outside the in-class sessions, as children engage in the curriculum content at other times.

This term we will be sharing the following books and topics in various ways:


  • Bear on a Bike (Transport)

Pre -Primary

  • The Elephants and the Leaking Tap and In the Lion (Occupations and People Who Help Us)
  • Lost and found (Transport)
  • The Three Little Pigs (Houses)

Year 1

  • Willbee the Bumble Bee and Loongie the Greedy Crocodile (Insects, Life Cycles, Habitats)

Year 2/3

  • Gwendolyn and The Polar Bear in Sydney Harbour (Habitats and environmental features)

You can support your child at home by sharing other books around the topic. As you read these books with your child make comments about the parts or features of the insects, transport, people or environments shown in the book. Once children are familiar with the pictures try playing simple games where you describe an item and the children have to find it in the picture or book based on what you said. Once they can identify the items from your clues encourage your child to give you clues for you to guess an item. You can then relate this to real-life experiences. For example, going into the garden to find real insects or playing “Spot the Transport” (i.e. who will be the first person to spot a blue car, a motor bike).


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