Workshop – Let’s Talk Language

Workshop – Let’s Talk Language

  • 29 March 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Developmental Language Disorder, and similar language and learning difficulties, impact many aspects of a young person’s academic and psycho-social development. It stands to reason their support needs are complex and should involve a diverse team of education and allied health professionals.

In this highly interactive workshop, we will consider a professionally collaborative approach to supporting young people with language and literacy difficulties. Emphasis will be on targeting oral and written language in primary and secondary classrooms, as a teacher’s instructional language can be a barrier and a facilitator of learning for students across all grades and curricular areas. Specific content will address the oral and written language of learning, as well as highlighting a team approach to enhancing vocabulary in all environments.

The presentation will be particularly appropriate for speech pathologists and primary and secondary teachers, both mainstream and learning support. It will also be of relevance for other education, health and allied health professionals.

Key learning objectives

Attendees will expect to:

-Better understand the rationale underlying a professionally collaborative approach to supporting primary and secondary students with language and literacy difficulties.

-Gain a broader perspective on both the barriers to, and facilitators of, learning for these students.

-Apply ideas and strategies introduced in the presentation when supporting students with additional language and literacy learning needs.

About the presenter

Dr Julia Starling is a speech-language pathologist with extensive clinical and research experience with populations of young people with language and literacy difficulties. Her career has spanned many decades, countries and cultures. Julia has worked with community health multidisciplinary teams, with remote outreach organisations, with mental health services and as a university clinical educator. She is the current president of the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.

Julia maintains her private caseload of school aged children and adolescents, regularly lectures, presents conference papers, seminars and workshops, and continues an active involvement in research projects. She is particularly involved with the development and implementation of collaborative whole school programs supporting primary and secondary students with additional learning needs.



NB – funds raised from this workshop will support research for children with Developmental Language Disorder.

For more details, phone 1300 881 763 or email


Venue Phone: 1300 881 763

Venue Website:

33 Cubberla Street, Fig Tree Pocket, QLD, 4069, Australia


Finding the best school for a child with Language Disorder can be a daunting task. The Glenleighden School is a unique Prep to Year 12 school supporting children and young people with disability for whom language is their primary disorder.

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