Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathology Department at Ilim College provides both:

Intervention at a whole class level

This is via professional learning for teachers, and coaching in strategies and techniques to support the development of student’s oral language skills throughout the curriculum. The Speech Pathologists work collaboratively with the teachers to identify areas of learning required. The Speech Pathologists then develop training to up-skill teachers in their ability to plan for and implement strategies that specifically target the development of oral language skills in the early years. Training and professional development is implemented through joint meetings, classroom modelling and ongoing PD events.

Direct Student Intervention

Direct Student Intervention for students funded through the Commonwealth or State funding for students with severe language disorders. This involves working directly with students to enhance their understanding and use of language in order to facilitate their learning. This may include:

  • Small group interventions per class, levelled to maximise student achievement
  • Direct individual interventions when appropriate
  • Individual student assessments
  • Working with teachers to share language targets
  • Classroom observations of individual students in order to provide specific strategies to teachers and fully assess their needs
  • Consultancy and provision of information to teachers and support staff
  • Training of staff to implement an individual plan
  • Joint planning and goal setting with teaching staff
  • Curriculum development
  • The Speech Pathology Department also:
  • Works closely with the Special Education Department in order to prioritise and jointly manage referrals made by the teachers
  • Liaises with parents and provides the opportunity to be involved in the assessment, planning and review of the student’s programs and to advise about management options
  • Keeps up-to-date records and reports of assessments and progress of students