Curriculum - Telethon Speech and Hearing

Curriculum

Talkabout 2 (T2) – 2 year old playgroup (x 1)

2 hours, one day per week This program is for children aged between 18 months and 2 ½ years who are at risk of developing a speech or language delay or disorder. Groups are limited to ten children and sessions are supported by a team of professionals. Language facilitation techniques are demonstrated during the session and we show caregivers how to apply these at home.

This includes guidance and support to encourage children’s development in:

  • Communication
  • Understanding and using language
  • Social skills and interaction
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Independence skills
  • Age appropriate concepts and classroom skills

* Eligibility Criteria

  • Between 18 months and 2 ½ years of age
  • At risk of speech or language delay

Talkabout 3 (T3) – 3 year old playgroup (x 4)

2 hours, one day per week This program is for children in their pre-kindergarten year, who have or are at risk of developing a speech or language delay or disorder. Groups are limited to ten children and sessions are supported by a team of professionals. The main focus is on play and social skills and the expressive and receptive language that accompany these areas. Language facilitation techniques are demonstrated during the session and we show caregiver how to apply these at home.

This includes guidance and support to encourage children’s development in:

  • Communication
  • Understanding and using language
  • Social skills and interaction
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Independence skills
  • Age appropriate concepts and classroom skills
  • The program addresses fine and gross motor skill development and sensory integration.

* Eligibility Criteria

  • Turning 3 before June 30th of the year enrolled in the program
  • Have or are at risk of developing a speech or language delay
  • Able to cope with group structure and demands

Talkabout 4 (T4) – 4 year old kindergarten class (x 4)

One full day per week.

This kindergarten program is for children turning four who have a speech and language delay or disorder. Children take part in a small group, play based activity stations run by the classroom teacher, education assistant, speech pathologist or occupational therapist. Talkabout 4 children attend one full day per week and should also attend their local kindergarten. Class sizes are very small and high staffing levels allow for intensive small group and individualised work on focus areas. The program focuses on comprehension and expressive language skills including narrative, grammar, vocabulary and semantic organisation skills. Play and social skills form an important part of the curriculum and fine motor skills, gross motor skills and sensory integration are also targeted. A psychologist support teachers and parents on a needs basis, in areas such as behavior management and social skills. Children also spend 45 minutes each week in the specialised Occupational Therapy gym developing skills including sensory regulation, visual perception, fine and gross motor skills.

 

*Eligibility Criteria

  • Experiencing a primary speech or language delay or disorder and are not registered with any other agencies
  • Eligible for enrolment in kindergarten

Talkabout 5 (T5) – 5 year old pre-primary class (x 3)

Two full days per week.

This pre-primary program is for children turning five who have a speech and language delay or disorder. Children work in small groups of 3 or 4 for language stations, spending 15 minutes at each activity. Talkabout 5 children attend two full days per week, attending their mainstream pre-primary for the remainder of the week. Class sizes are very small and high staffing levels allow for intensive small group and individualised work on focus areas. Activities focus on phonological awareness, narrative, listening/comprehension, vocabulary/semantic organisation. There is a strong focus on development of pre-literacy and social skills. Fine motor skills, gross motor skills and sensory integration are also important components of the program. A psychologist supports teachers in developing a social skills program, while occupational therapists spend 40 minutes working on fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills and handwriting. Children spend one hour per week in the OT gym, developing fine and gross motor skills, motor planning skills, sensory regulation, visual perception and language development.

*Eligibility Criteria

  • Experiencing a primary speech or language delay or disorder and are not registered with any other agencies
  • Eligible for enrolment in pre-primary

Each playgroup has one teacher and one educational assistant supporting a group of 10 children who attend with a parent or caregiver. Each T4 and T5 class has an early childhood trained teacher and two educational assistants supporting a class of 13 children.

Specialists in the Talkabout program include Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologist, Family Liaison Officer and Audiologists.