June 5, 2016

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologist’s assess and support individuals with communication and feeding difficulties. Speech pathologists have training in the areas of language, speech, voice, fluency, articulation, swallowing and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

At Diamond Valley SDS, many of our students have complex communication needs. Our staff strongly believe that everyone has a right to communicate and are consistently striving towards supporting our students to become autonomous communicators.

What do we do?

    • Assess the communication and swallowing needs of our students
    • Trial and develop individualised communication systems in consultation with families and private therapists
    • Provide safe swallowing strategy recommendations and develop individualised safe feeding management plans for students
    • Support families and staff with training in the areas of communication and swallowing
    • Support teachers to develop individualised programs to maximise our students learning
    • Collaborate with private therapists to provide consistency across environments

Our speech pathology team is experienced in developing and using:

  • Aided Language displays
  • Key Word Sign
  • Informal communication strategies
  • Intensive interaction
  • Communication systems, including (but not limited to):
  • – Pragmatically Organised Dynamic Display (PODD) communication systems
    – Proloquo2go
    – Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) communication systems

Please see the ‘communication’ section of our website for further information on how we support our students communication development at Diamond Valley SDS.