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Speech Language Pathology

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At Moorooka State School 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
    • 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

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

  • 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.

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Last reviewed 17 May 2019
Last updated 17 May 2019