Speech Pathology in Education
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) has produced a series of resources for speech pathologists who work or wish to work in schools. The resources are designed to inform a speech pathologist’s practice and to assist with professional development and advocacy opportunities. The Association is also supportive of a number Early Childhood Initiatives.
The Speech Pathology in Schools Resource is a 48 page booklet, which is available in two formats (NB. PDF is available for download from within the Flipbook).
View the Speech Pathology in Schools Resource
Practice Document Review
The practice documents for Speech Pathology Services in Schools (2011) are currently under review.
The Association recognised the need for a significant redevelopment of these documents. A working party was established in January 2020 to undertake this significant task and we are pleased to have appointed Racheal Furner as the project officer. The long-term aim for the redevelopment of these guidelines is to: present best practice principles in order to inform the work of speech pathologists in education and to ensure services users and stakeholders receive consistent quality service.
As part of the process of review the Association engaged in stakeholder consultation via an online survey. View the results of this consultation .
Speech Pathology in Schools – A whole school approach
The Speech Pathology in Schools video discusses the best practice approach to supporting students with speech, language and communication needs through a whole school collaborative approach. Teacher, principals and speech pathologists share their experiences of working within a whole school approach and outline the benefits of having speech pathologists working as part of school teams. View the Speech Pathology in Schools - A whole school approach .
This video is available to members to support their work within schools and assist in advocating for the essential role that speech pathologists have within the education sector.
Listen to the Speak Up podcast: Response to Intervention – From theory to practice.
This is a series of videos interviews with speech pathologists, principals, teachers, and parents discussing the benefits of speech pathologists using a whole school approach in schools. Explore this series of video resources .
What’s in the resource?
The resource includes information on the following topics:
- national and international imperatives
- prevalence of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
- complex communication needs and augmentative and alternative communication
- the impact of SLCN
- best practice models and support for students with SLCN in schools
- the positive impact of providing best practice support to students with SLCN; including the role of teachers and speech pathologists in the educational setting
- what needs to be considered when working in schools: workload management; employment arrangements
- children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- the different needs of rural and regional schools and dual servicing
- terminology, glossary and references.
Other Resources for Speech Pathologists in Schools
Early Childhood Initiatives
Speech Pathology Australia is proud to support the following Early Childhood Initiatives.
Listen to the Speak Up podcast: Early childhood and care – Giving children a good start.
National Early Literacy and Language Strategy
The National Early Literacy and Language Coalition represents a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the sector, working together to progress a National Early Literacy and Language Strategy.
The Coalition includes the following partners: Speech Pathology, Australian Library and Information Association, The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Australian Literacy Educator’s Association, Early Childhood Australia, National and State Libraries Australia, The Smith Family, Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.
The coalition has the support of the Ian Potter Foundation, which has provided funding for a three-year project “Early Language and Literacy: Reviewing the evidence, good practice guidance, and developing a national strategy.”
Release of the Proposed National Early Language and Literacy Strategy
As a partner of the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition, Speech Pathology Australia co-released Australia’s first national strategy to support children’s language and literacy development.
Over the past three years the Association has worked with 10 coalition partners to develop this important strategy with the aim of ensuring that Australian children start school with the fundamentals in language and literacy to set them up for success, and to reach their full potential as adults.
Right now, about 1 in 5 children are developmentally behind before they even start school. Research shows that children who start school behind never catchup.
Speech Pathology Australia, with the coalition, is urging the federal, state and territory governments to adopt the proposed strategy, and take it to the next level by confirming that development of children’s language and literacy skills are a national priority.
Lend support and endorse the initiative by signing the NELLC petition.
Read the full proposed National Early Language and Literacy Strategy.
Thrive by Five
Thrive by Five is an initiative of the Minderoo Foundation that is campaigning to make our early learning childcare system high quality and universally accessible. Speech Pathology Australia is a partner in this initiative and has supported a letter to the federal government.