Over the last few years, Speech & Language Development Australia has developed more than 150 handouts to ensure educators are provided with current information and practical tools to use in their classroom.
Each month we will showcase a selection of our must-read handouts, as well as our top handouts that are a must read.
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Children with Language Disorder are as able and healthy as other children. With one exception, they have great difficulty thinking about, understanding and using language. They are often as intelligent as other children their age, but still have difficulties with language. There may be no outward signs of disability and no obvious physical indicators of a problem. For this reason, Language Disorder is also known as a ‘hidden disability’ affecting 1 in 14 children.Login to download
Developing the ability to communicate using clear speech sounds is an important part of early childhood development. Speech sound acquisition is a gradual process that is different for every child, and there is a wide range of ‘normal’ speech development. However, knowing what typical speech sound development looks like can be helpful in deciding whether a child’s speech needs further investigation.Login to download
Children grow and develop at different rates. However, most pass through developmental milestones in a progressive and predictable pattern, with skills building from simple to complex over time. For example, a typically developing child will begin babbling single syllables (4-6 months) before using multiple syllables (7-9 months), and then progress to using meaningful words (12-18 months).Login to download
The ‘Foundations for Learning’ framework, developed by Speech & Language Development Australia (SALDA), provides a useful visual to understand and explore the various domains of development. All children develop skills within these domains at different rates. It is important to understand a child’s strengths and areas of need to support their access to learning. This handout will explain the different domains to support a holistic understanding of students with Language Disorder.Login to download