Workshops, Training and Professional Development
Who uses Liberty Speech Pathology workshops and training sessions?
- Primary and Junior Primary Schools
- High Schools
- Child Care Settings
- Parents’ groups
- Council run Family Connections groups
- Other organisations that work with children or parents
- Learning 4 All (www.learning4all.com.au/)
- Universities and Colleges
What Workshops/Seminars are available?
Note: Times are a guideline. Many workshops can be adapted to the time available to fit within a 90 minute session up to a 6 hour session.
Speech and Language Disorders in the Classroom – 2 hours
- What is a speech disorder?
- What is a language disorder?
- How do speech and language disorders affect literacy and learning?
- Practical classroom strategies to help children with speech and language disorders.
Key Word Signing for children with communication difficulties – 5-6 hours
- What, why, who & how of key word signing
- Practical activities: learning 150 Auslan signs
Children’s Speech and Language Development – What to expect – 1.5 hours
- What normal development looks like
- Signs to look for that suggest that there might be a problem with speech or language
Fostering Speech and Language Skills in Young Children – 1.5 hours
- Practical activities that you can use at home, kindy or child care centre to maximise opportunities for speech and language development.
Communication for Children who are late talkers – 2 hours
- Reducing your toddler or preschooler’s frustration
- Creating motivation for children to communicate
- Creating opportunities for children to communicate
- Working with symbols and signs to help children to communicate
Helping your baby to communicate – 2 hours
- Reduce frustration for your bubs under 2
- Baby signing (you will learn 20 signs)
- Effective modelling of language
- Creating opportunities for your baby to communicate
Early Reading Skills – 2-3 hours
- Pre-literacy skills: the skills children need before they can learn to read
- How to make the most of reading picture books to your child
- Practical activities for home, kindy or child care centre to foster early reading skills
Phonological Awareness: The Building Blocks for Literacy Success – 2-6 hours
- The foundational skills that are critical for literacy success
- Exploring your own personal phonological awareness skills – is working with sounds harder than you think?
- Learn to use the Liberty Speech Pathology Phonological Awareness Screener
- Understanding decoding
- Practical activities to help struggling readers learn phonological awareness
- Practical whole-class activities in phonological awareness
- Understanding why many children struggle to learn to read in the classroom (unpacking the government-commissioned Centre for Independent Studies report: ‘Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading’ by Kerry Hempenstall)
Stuttering in the School-Aged child – 1-2 hours
- Facts & Fiction about stuttering
- Strategies for teachers
Improving Language Skills in the Classroom (2-6 hours). Content may include:
- Understanding language disorders
- Strategies to help children with language disorders
- Strategies that will help your whole class improve their language skills
- Working with vocabulary
- Working with following directions
- Effective Questioning
- Word-retrieval strategies
- Visual aids in the classroom
- Strategies for children with receptive language difficulties
- Other areas of language delay or disorder relevant to your individual students
Auditory Processing Disorder – 2-4 hours
- What is Auditory Processing Disorder?
- What are some warning signs that a student may have Auditory Processing Disorder?
- How does Auditory Processing Disorder impact on literacy and learning?
- Strategies for the classroom to maximise students’ learning
Voice Care for teachers – 1.5 hours
- How the voice works
- Causes of voice problems
- How to care for your voice
Higher Level Language – 2 hours
- What is higher level language?
- Why is it that many children on the Autism Spectrum have great general language skills, but struggle with English and Comprehension tasks?
- How to help a child in the classroom and one-on-one in understanding more abstract language
Social Communication – 2 hours
- What is social language?
- Why is it that many children on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty with social communication?
- Understanding Theory of Mind and how it relates to social communication
- How to help a child in the classroom and one-on-one in understanding and using social communication
Other workshops containing a combination of the above content can be tailored to your school’s or centre’s needs – just ask!
How do I book a workshop/seminar?
Phone Liberty Speech Pathology on 7226 3903 to make a booking or discuss your centre’s training needs. If you are a parent interested in attending one of these workshops, please contact us to discuss.