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.