Speech & Language Development Australia has developed these webinars to provide up-to-date professional development for teachers and support staff.
These recorded webinars enable participants to view past events at their own pace. They have been designed to be completed individually, but can also be run as a group by contacting SALDA’s Professional Learning team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
These webinars have been funded by the Queensland Government’s Non-State Special Needs Organisations Program.
If you have questions or support with the modules, please email email@example.com.
Building Vocabulary in the ClassroomLearn more
Vocabulary is the knowledge of words and their meanings. Having a large and varied vocabulary is important for understanding spoken and written language, and common area of difficulty for students with speech, language and communication needs.
Integrating Visual Perceptual Skills in the ClassroomLearn more
Visual perception is more than the sense of vision. It is the ability to use visual information to recognise, recall, discriminate and make sense of what is seen. Students rely heavily on visual information during early childhood for developing motor skills, as well as the learning process. Therefore, any difficulties with visual perception will have a significant impact across a variety of settings, such as at home and in the classroom.
Making the Most of Genre WritingLearn more
Language can be used to achieve a range of social purposes, including writing a story, recounting weekend activities or persuading an audience of a particular point of view. Students with speech, language and communication needs often require explicit teaching opportunities to compose text and benefit from a range of strategies.
Understanding Developmental Language DisorderLearn more
Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) are as able and healthy as their peers. With one primary exception, they have difficulties thinking about, understanding and using language. A child with DLD will not develop language skills in the typical way and there is no obvious reason for this difficulty. There may be no outward signs of disability and no obvious physical indication of a problem. For this reason, DLD is also known as a ‘hidden but common disability’ affecting 1 in 14 children.
Using Effective Questions to Guide Student LearningLearn more
Questioning is a key teaching technique that is central to classroom learning. Questioning enables teachers to check students’ understanding and encourages students to be actively involved in their learning. Effective questions give learners an opportunity to communicate their thinking and reasoning processes.
Using Visual Supports in SchoolsLearn more
Visual supports assist students with speech, language and communication needs to understand what they hear and/or help them to think of the words they want to say. These supports could include: pictures, photographs, drawings and written words.