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Course Description

Are you seeing a big difference in children’s skills in the areas of communication and socio-emotional skills after COVID lockdowns? You are not alone! Research indicates that the early years of development have been greatly affected by the pandemic and the results are significant for our early communicators.

In this PD, we examine the research on the development of communication skills and socio-emotional skills in children who were in infancy during the lockdown and masked periods of COVID.

We then take a practical approach on how to fill these gaps of learning and development with practical tips, strategies and evidence-based techniques that you can use in your classroom and early education centres.

Amy Pollitt and Ruth Davies are speech pathologists who are passionate about bridging the gap between health and education. They believe that the biggest change for children will come from allied health practitioners, early childhood educators and teachers working together.

Target Audience

Early childhood educators, teachers and learning support staff that are working in the first two years of formal schooling.

Teaching Standards

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities:  Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction

    • Reflection Question

  • 2

    What Is the Research Telling Us About Language, Cognition And Social-Emotional Development?

    • What is the research telling us

    • Reflection Question

  • 3

    Practical Strategies for The Classroom And Early Education Centres.

    • Practical strategies Part 1

    • Video - PREPARE TO "AWWW!": 4-Yr-Old Ponders Big Feelings at Bedtime Heart-to-Heart with Mom

    • Practical strategies Part 2

    • Refection Questions

  • 4


    • Fantastic Friends

    • Vocabulary Stimulation Sheets

    • REFERENCES Covid Communicators Webinar

  • 5

    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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