BLADES Language Therapy

Mrs Mellanie Sherwood, MSPA CPSP

TAS BLADES Language Therapy

Workshop summary

This workshop includes information on normal language development (grammar, semantics and pragmatics) and language therapy for children with a language age of 2 to 5 years. Practical ideas for activities, strategies and working with parents will be discussed. The workshop is illustrated with video clips of children undergoing therapy.

Learning objective

Blades is a framework for language therapy. It is based on the Bristol Language Study, a large and powerful study of typical language development from 2-5 years.

Information from more recent projects has been added. Five stages of intervention are presented, along with suggested goals and strategies for each stage.

Learning objectives include:

  • Developing familiarity with the semantics and pragmatics sections of the Bristol study.
  • Using this information to plan and implement informal language assessments and select appropriate goals.
  • Developing strategies to effect change in the language of children.

Who should attend?

  • Registrants must be speech pathologists.
  • It is relevant for speech pathologists working with a paediatric caseload where language intervention is required.
  • The workshop level is ‘core practice to practice progression’.
  • No particular pre-requisite skills are required.
  • Student speech pathologists who have completed child language lectures are welcome to attend.

The workshop has been presented many times since 2008 but was completely revamped in 2013.

Before the workshop

There are no recommended pre-readings and participants are not required to bring anything to the event. All materials are provided.

Workshop details

Two day workshop in Hobart on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2019 
8.45 am registration for a 9.15 am start, concludes at 4.45pm


If you have any questions about the workshop or venue, please contact Erin Masson, CPD Coordinator

If you have any questions about the registration process please contact National Office or 1300 368 835.

17/10/2019 - 18/10/2019
Rydges Hobart (Federation Room) 393 Argyle Street NORTH HOBART TAS
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Registration Fees

Registration categoriesFee
SPA Certified Practising, Non Certified or Re-entry Members$616.00
SPA Non Practising or Full-time Postgraduate Student Member$440.00
SPA Student Member$352.00
Non Member$1,144.00
Early Bird closing date is 1 month before the event. After this date an additional $88 registration fee applies.
In proceeding with your registration you agree to the SPA CPD Branch Terms and Conditions.