Media Release

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Prime Minister commits funding to school for Language Disorder

The Glenleighden School, located in Brisbane, Queensland, and operated by Speech and Language Development Australia, is the only prep through to year 12 school in the southern hemisphere dedicated solely to children and young people with Language Disorder.

Today, the students of the School were thrilled to host the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP.   Prime Minister Turnbull spent the morning visiting with the students and their parents, as well as talking with the teachers and therapists responsible for delivering Glenleighden’s unique multidisciplinary program.  The School’s model of support reflects best practice across the education, health, and disability sectors and comprises teachers, therapists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a music therapist, psychologist and teacher aides.

The Prime Minister made impromptu visits to meet astonished students who were given a once in a lifetime chance to speak with him. One student took the opportunity to promote his home business and sold him honey from his own beehives. Families were also given an amazing opportunity to enjoy a coffee with the Prime Minister and share stories of their children’s educational journeys.  The Prime Minister discussed the Government’s commitment to delivering a fair, needs-based school funding model, which ensures students with the most needs get the most funding.

The Glenleighden School Principal, Debra Creed, commented, “Our School welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to invest in our children’s future through the additional funding to be provided to independent schools like ours under its Quality Schools reforms.  The additional funding to be received will allow us to provide teachers with the resources they need and to assist other children and families dealing with Language Disorder.”

Language Disorder is an invisible disability that affects how children think about, understand, and use language.  It can disconnect their relationships, change their behaviour, and can risk impacting their entire education.

For almost 40 years, The Glenleighden School has been Australia’s leading specialist school for speech and language.  Operated by Speech and Language Development Australia (SALDA), the School is working to ensure children achieve their goals, enhance their relationships, and can move forward with a life based on their own decisions and choices.

SALDA continues to strive to help children and young people find their voice.