At Moorooka State School we have a Speech Language Pathologist, Ms Rachel Quinn who works here 5 days a fortnight.
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
Speech (how sounds are produced)
- Language (making sense of and using words/sentences/paragraphs to communicate with others)
- Phonological awareness (knowledge of sounds in words, important for learning to read)
- Reading and writing (where there is a basis in phonological awareness),
- Fluency (speaking with good rhythm and flow).
- Support communication development of
students with identified needs.
Speech-language therapy service at Moorooka SS
the speech-language pathologist visits Moorooka students 5 days per fortnight
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
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
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
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.