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Speech language pathology

 

We currently have 3 Department of Education Speech language pathologists (or  more widely known as speech therapists) servicing Mount Ommaney Special School (MOSS) and the Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP). Emma Goldston and Vickie Saunders service MOSS, whilst Chelsea Palmer services the ECDP.

Our approach

The Department of Education provides speech-language therapy services for students with special needs in communication, enrolled in state schools or registered for Early Childhood Development Programs.  The focus of these services is to enhance students’ educational programs and outcomes. Education Queensland provides speech-language therapy services for students with special needs in communication, enrolled in state schools or registered for Early Childhood Development Programs.  The focus of these services is to enhance students’ educational programs and outcomes. 

Speech language pathologists in schools:

  • Work as members of the education team (which can include the student, parents/carers, teachers, teacher aides and other specialist support personnel) to determine educational needs of students with complex communication needs in communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties. 
  • Assist in developing individual communication systems for those students who are non-verbal.
  • Assist in delivering programs that enhance or support students' communication and literacy skills necessary for access and participation in the curriculum.
  • Assist the education team to adjust communication demands of the curriculum to ensure student participation and achievement of educational goals.
  • Work with the administration team to provide school-wide communication supports such as developing guidelines, policies and school-wide communication strategies.
  • Provide professional development activities for teachers, teacher aides and other support staff.
  • Consult with and provide resources to school staff, parents and the school community.
  • Liaise with other agencies

To assist students in achieving their educational outcomes, speech-language pathologists use specialised knowledge of:

  • Speech
  • Language
  • Social interaction skills
  • Communication strategies such as Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Voice
  • Fluency
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Literacy development for students with complex communication needs

Speech language pathologists contribute to students’ educational programs by:

  • Planning with teachers to provide classroom activities to enhance communication competencies
  • Advising on the communication prerequisites for literacy and numeracy development and strategies to assist students to develop these
  • Advising parents about speech and language development and how they can assist their children to develop spoken language competence
  • Assessing students’ communication development and skills as well as working with school teams on how to monitor their communication skills in class
  • Identifying students with speech-language impairment according to departmental criteria
  • Providing in-class support and/or intervention programs to support students with complex communication needs 
  • Determining the communication requirements of classroom activities, resources and assessments and advising on modifications to support specific student needs
  • Working collaboratively with the education team to support students’ positive behaviour
  • Advising on the use of technology to support communication and literacy skills
  • Providing support and strategies for students who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and strategies
  • Providing support and strategies for students with oromotor difficulties including students with eating and drinking difficulties and swallowing disabilities

For more information please contact the school.