Introduction to the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology
This module will cover the scope of practice for a Speech-Language Therapist - the training one undergoes to get a degree in speech language pathology and the various pediatric populations a Speech-Language Therapist assesses and treats
Early Communication Development Overview
In this module, you can discover communication milestones for children aged 0-6 years with an eye to understanding typical speech and language development. We look in detail at pre-linguistic skills that need to be in place before speech and language will develop.
Recognising the Signs – Act Early
Now that you have a good understanding of normal development, you will learn to identify causes for concern at each age and stage from 12 months to 6 years of age. At this stage, you will learn how to categorize children into low-risk, at-risk and high-risk populations. The art of differential diagnosis executed by Speech-Language Therapists is to help gain insight into making appropriate referrals to professionals.
From Diagnosis to Prognosis
This module allows you to explore the variety of professionals involved in early childhood, preschool and kindergarten therapy services and address important questions including which professional to see first, how to make sense of the diagnosis and making difficult decisions about treatment plans.
Promoting Communication as a Priority
With the diagnosis clear, this module now explores ten important techniques which promote communication and language development in young children. We will define each technique, describe why they are important and how they may be used across home and school routines.
The ten techniques we will cover include:
1. Using Daily Routines To Promote Communication
2. Arranging The Physical Environment
3. Arranging The Social Environment
4. Following The Child's Lead/Responsiveness
5. Commenting & Labelling
6. Imitating & Expanding
7. Asking Open-Ended Questions
8. Praise & Positive Attention
9. Providing Choices
10. Time Delay/Fill In The Blank
Tips from Twenty Five Years of Experience
In this module, we will be looking at the different types of physical and digital materials that can be utilised to maximise the effect of any communication elicitation techniques. You will be able to choose appropriate teaching objectives, appropriate toys, helpful books, apps, websites and other resources.
Common Pitfalls in Parenting
This module aims to shed light on common pitfalls in parenting style and family life that can impact the success of speech therapy intervention. We explore the concepts of learned helplessness, the
important of family unity and how to avoid therapist-shopping and hopping by learning how to develop strategic alliances between parents, educators and professionals.
Common Pitfalls in the Classroom
This final module will focus on how to choose the right educational environment for children based on their profile of strengths and limitations. We take an honest look at how to ensure we make decisions based on the child's needs and not the parent's desires and explore which factors to consider during decision-making.