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Course Description

There isn’t a classroom or early education centre in Australia that doesn’t have a child with a speech, language or communication disorder attending. In fact, one in four children start their first year of formal schooling with a speech and/or language disorder. This may even be higher in some schools in certain areas.

Starting school with a speech and/or language disorder can negatively impact children’s ability to learn to read, write, make friendships and follow instructions. Knowing how to support children with a speech and/or language disorder is vital in helping them achieve their academic and social potential. Small changes in knowledge and practice in early childhood settings can have a big impact on the lives of vulnerable children.

In this course, you will learn how to support children who have a sound speech disorder, a language disorder or those that are stuttering. You will learn practical tips and strategies to apply to your early education or classroom environment straight away. This course covers ways to improve interactions and support early speech and language development in early education settings.

This PD has been created by qualified speech pathologists, in collaboration with early childhood and kindergarten teachers.


This course is suitable for all early years education staff, kindergarten/prep teachers, and learning support officers. There is no pre-requisite for this course, however, if you don’t feel confident knowing children’s speech and language milestones, we suggest that you also enrol in Speech and Language Development in the Early Years: Identifying, Evaluating and Supporting.

$69 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Children with Speech Sound Disorders

    • How To- Course Instructions

    • Speech Sound Disorders

    • Reflection

  • 2

    Children with a Language Delay/Disorder

    • Part 1: How to support children with speech and language delays

    • Part 2: How to support children with speech and language delays

    • Reflection

  • 3


    • R&R Poster

    • Serve and Return Poster

    • Choices Poster

    • Speech Sound Disorder Poster

  • 4

    Case Studies

    • Case Studies and Team Exercise

  • 5

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

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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.
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.

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