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Speech Language Pathology

 
​At Moorooka SS we have a Speech Language Pathologist, Ms Rachel Quinn who works here 5 days a fortnight. 

What do speech-language pathologists do?

·      Work with teaching staff to optimise explicit teaching of learning activities to build the communication skills of all students

·      Identify students with difficulties in communication. Communication can encompass any of the following

o   Speech (how sounds are produced)

o   Language (making sense of and using words/sentences/paragraphs to communicate with others)

o   Phonological awareness (knowledge of sounds in words, important for learning to read)

o   Reading and writing (where there is a basis in phonological awareness),

o   Fluency (speaking with good rhythm and flow)

·      Support communication development of students with identified needs.

 What the speech-language therapy service looks like at Moorooka SS:

Currently the speech-language pathologist visits Moorooka students 5 days per fortnight to implement…

·      Whole-class oral language instruction in prep and year one – the speech-language pathologist works with teachers to implement specific oral language programmes to enhance all students’ interaction with the curriculum

o   Read It Again – Foundation Q! – delivered by teachers, a programme for the explicit teaching of foundational reading skills, i.e. print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary and narrative

o   Structured Tier Two Robust Instruction of Vocabulary Experiences (STRIVE) – delivered by teachers, a programme for the explicit teaching of complex vocabulary to enhance student interaction with the curriculum

 

·      Focused group instruction in prep and year one – the speech-language pathologist works with teacher aides, teaching staff and students to provide additional practice opportunities for oral language goals in the classroom

o   Prep Oral Language Programme – designed by our speech-language pathologist for students who identify as English as Another Language or Dialect and/or who need additional support to participate in the prep English curriculum. Runs alongside Read It Again – Foundation Q!

 

·      Individualised programmes for students with identified language learning needs – the speech-language pathologist works on specific communication goals with students individually and/or in small groups (2-4 students), with a focus on building communication for learning

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