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Let’s Talk About It: Exploring Child Speech and Language Developmental Difficulties

A FREE professional development night for Allied Health and Early Childhood Educators

Join Telethon Speech & Hearing for a night of education and development as our panel of experts discuss the topic of speech and language difficulties.

Presentations will cover the diagnosis of Developmental Language Delay (DLD), key milestones and ‘red flags’ in speech and language development, and understanding the impact of a speech and language delay on the social, emotional and academic development of a child. 

Guided tours of Telethon Speech & Hearing will be available to interested registrants. Please select your preferred tour time during registration.

Continuous professional development (CPD) points for speech pathologists and psychologists will be issued upon attending this event. 

Telethon Speech & Hearing aims to be an Acessibile and Inclusive venue. Please indicate during registration if you require hearing or accessibility support in order to participant in this event.

For all enquiries please contact Daniel Lombardo dlombardo@tsh.org.au / 9387 9888.

Limited seating is available. Register today to secure your place!​

Let's Talk About It Exploring Child Speech & Language Developmental Difficulties
  • Event Date:
    Wednesday, 26th May 2021
  • Venue:
    Telethon Speech & Hearing
    36 Dodd Street, Wembley WA 6014
  • Time:
    5:00pm Guided tour 1 (optional)
    5:30pm - 7:30pm Speaker presentations + Q&A
    From 7:30pm Guided tour 2 (optional)

With special presentations from:

Dr. Mary Claessen (PhD, BAppSci(Speech and Hearing))
Senior Lecturer, Curtin University

Developmental Language Disorder: What is the most common childhood condition you have probably never heard of? If you are a teacher, you probably have at least 2 children with this condition in your classroom. Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) refers to the presence of language difficulties that are significant, persistent and have an impact on every day social interactions and academic progress. DLD affects approximately 7% of the population.

The term DLD is relatively new, having been adopted in 2016 to replace a range of other terms including Specific Language Impairment. This presentation will cover diagnosis of DLD, and other related conditions such as Language Difficulties, strategies to support children with DLD and the importance of advocacy for children with DLD.

Dr. Chantelle Highman (PhD, BSc, CPSP)
Lecturer, Curtin University

Speech and Language Development in 0-3 year olds: Milestones and Red Flags Early identification and intervention are often on the minds of health professionals working with young children. In this presentation, we review some of the key milestones in speech and language development and identify ‘red flags’ emerging from the literature.

Marie Limb (MPsychology (Counselling), BSc (Hons) Psychology)
Psychologist, Telethon Speech & Hearing

Social, Emotional and Academic Development in Children with Speech and Language Delay. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of the impact of a speech and language delay on the social, emotional and academic development of the child.

During the session we will touch on the learnings from Hattie’s research and how it applies to these students. We will also explore “The Whole Child Concept” within the classroom environment and the interplay of social, emotional and self-regulatory skills on learning. We will briefly explore some of the interventions to mediate the impact of speech and language delay in the classroom.

Finally, we will explore the role of the Psychologist at Telethon Speech & Hearing in supporting our students and how we can work with you as a part of the multidisciplinary team approach.

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Date: Wednesday, 26 May @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Venue: Telethon Speech & Hearing