Workshops, Training and Professional Development


Who uses Liberty Speech Pathology workshops and training sessions?

  • Primary and Junior Primary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Kindergartens
  • Child Care Settings
  • Parents’ groups
  • Council run Family Connections groups
  • Other organisations that work with children or parents
  • Learning 4 All (
  • 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 Classroom2 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 difficulties5-6 hours

  • What, why, who & how of key word signing
  • Practical activities: learning 150 Auslan signs

Children’s Speech and Language Development – What to expect1.5 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 Children1.5 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 talkers2 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 Success2-6 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 teachers1.5 hours

  • How the voice works
  • Causes of voice problems
  • How to care for your voice

Higher Level Language2 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 Communication2 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.