Handouts

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  handouts, as well as our top handouts that are a must read.

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  • Understanding Developmental Language Disorder
    Understanding Developmental Language Disorder

    Children with Developmental Language Disorder (formerly Specific Language Impairment) 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, Developmental Language Disorder is also known as a ‘hidden disability’ affecting 1 in 14 children.

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  • Typical Speech Sound Development

    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.

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  • Typical Language Development- Birth to 2 years

    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).

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  • Typical Language Development- 2-4 years

    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.

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  • Typical Language Development- 4-8 years

    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.

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  • Foundations for Learning Framework

    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.

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  • Positive Behaviour Support

    Positive Behaviour Support is a comprehensive approach to assessment, planning and intervention that focuses on addressing students’ needs, their environment and overall quality of life. Positive Behaviour Support is about working in partnership to develop a shared understanding about why the student has a need to engage in challenging behaviour.

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  • SALDA Learner Profile
    SALDA Learner Profile

    There are many considerations to be made when planning school transitions for students with Language Disorder. The team at SALDA have created a student Learner Profile to help you through this process! Next year’s teacher will love you for it.

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  • SALDA Learner Profile - Prompts
    SALDA Learner Profile - Prompts

    There are many considerations to be made when planning school transitions for students with Language Disorder. The team at SALDA have created a student Learner Profile to help you through this process! Our prompts guide will give you some ideas on what sort of information you can include.

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