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Course Description

One in four children will start their first year of formal schooling with a speech and/or language disorder. Early intervention can make a big difference in the outcomes of children with a speech and/or language delay. However, teachers and early educators are often unsure about speech and language milestones and what to do when a child is struggling with communication development.

Created by qualified speech pathologists, in collaboration with early educators, this PD uses real-life examples to teach early educators, learning support officers, and early Stage 1 teachers how to identify, evaluate and refer children with a potential communication delay.

The course comprises four modules:

  1. Speech and Language Milestones:

    This module covers everything you need to know about speech and language milestones for ages 2-5 years. The course covers identifying speech development, language development, lisps and phonological speech sound disorders.

  2. Speech and Language Screener for Early Educators:

    This module has been created to empower early educators, learning support officers and teachers to screen children to investigate if they have a speech or language delay.

  3. Parents and the Referral Process:

    This module examines the research on having effective and positive conversations with parents to take that next step if a communication delay has been identified. It includes funding options and referral pathways for allied health in Australia.

  4. Allied Health - What do they do?:

    This is a bonus module for educators that may not have had experience with allied health providers and are unsure as to how they may help their students. 


Early Stage 1 teachers, early childhood educators, ECE directors, learning support officers

Teaching Standards

1.6.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies to support full participation of students with disability:  Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Speech and Language Milestones

    • How To- Course Instructions

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Speech and Language Milestones - Resources

    • Speech and Language Workbook

    • Parent Handouts

    • Speech Sound Development Poster

  • 3

    Speech and Language Milestones - 2-3 Year Olds

    • 2-3 Years

    • 3 Years

    • Reflection

  • 4

    Speech and Language Milestones - 4-5 Years Olds

    • 4 Years

    • 5 Years

    • Reflection

  • 5

    Speech and Language Milestones - Lisps and Stuttering

    • Lisps

    • Stuttering

  • 6

    Speech and Language Milestones - Phonological Speech Sound Patterns

    • Phonological Patterns

  • 7

    Speech and Language Milestones - Quiz

    • Quiz - Check your understanding

  • 8

    Speech and Language Screener for Early Educators - Introduction

    • Introduction to the Screener

  • 9

    Speech and Language Screener for early Educators - Downloads

    • Speech and Language Screener

    • Speech and Language Screener - Picture Stimulus

    • Speech and Language Screener - Reports

  • 10

    Speech and Language Screener - Speech, Language, Stuttering and Play

    • Speech

    • Language

    • Stuttering and Play

  • 11

    Speech and Language Screener - Reports

    • Reports

  • 12

    Speech and Language Screener - Reflection

    • Reflection

  • 13

    Parents and the Referral Process - Resources and E-Books

    • Services and Funding e-book

    • Parent Handout - Funding Options for Allied Health

  • 14

    Parents and the Referral Process - Talking to Parents; How to Have Positive and Productive Conversations

    • Positive, Productive Conversations with Parents

    • The Nut and Bolts of Productive Conversations

    • Reflection

  • 15

    Parents and the Referral Process - Funding Options and Referral Pathways

    • Funding and Referral Pathways

    • Reflection

  • 16

    Allied Health Professionals; What do they do?

    • Allied Health e-book

    • Speech Pathology

    • Psychology and Behavioural Therapy

    • Occupational Therapy

    • Audiology

    • Putting it all together

    • Reflection

    • Quiz - Test your understanding

  • 17

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

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Amy Pollitt

Amy Pollitt

Amy is a highly-trained speech pathologist with over 14 years’ experience. She has worked as an international consultant to a speech pathology company in China, where she created courses, delivered training and mentored speech pathologists via Zoom, with a translator, to over 1000 Chinese Speech Therapist. She presented at the 2017 Asia Pacific Autism Conference and has been a regular guest presenter for the annual Lake Macquarie “You’re Kidding Me’” Expo.

Amy is the founder of the Ripple Project Australia, a training platform for early educators to learn how to support children with a speech or language delay. Her private practice, Dragonfly Speech Pathology, provides speech assessment and therapy to children in Newcastle, NSW.

Amy is passionate about sharing her knowledge and demystifying the speech pathology practice to educators to help bridge the gap between allied health and education.
Ruth Davies

Ruth Davies

With 35 years of experience as a speech pathologist, Ruth’s passion is for supporting neurodivergent children and adolescents, along with their families and educators.

Ruth has worked alongside teachers in classrooms for many years and understands the many challenges that can arise when learning and communication are not developing as expected for a young person.

Ruth is currently the director and senior speech pathologist at Communicating Kids Speech Pathology and is active in course development, training and mentoring for speech pathologists and educators, both in Australia and as an international consultant.

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