We have continued to partner with Fremantle Speech Pathology and Curtin University for the past 5 years to offer a Speech Pathology program. Speech Pathology students (SP students) assess and provide direct intervention to the children of our school who are experiencing difficulty with their speech, language and/or literacy development. The SP students are supervised by experienced Speech Pathologists from Fremantle Speech Pathology Services (FSPS). The program runs three days a week.
All children in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary are screened to investigate areas such as:
- Speech sound development
- Oral language
- Pre-literacy development
- Speech fluency
Those children identified as experiencing difficulty in any of these areas are provided with small group or individual or group assistance by the SP students. Reports with results of the screening are made available to parents, and meetings arranged to discuss results when required.
Children from Year 1 to 6 who are identified by their teacher as struggling with speech, language or literacy development can also receive a full assessment (with a report) and follow-up intervention by the SP students either in small groups or individually.
In 2022, we have partnered with Down South Therapy and Curtin University to offer a Occupational Therapy (OT) Program to referred students. These students are referred by their classroom teacher. Occupational Therapy students assess and provide intervention to students under the supervision of experienced Occupational Therapists. The program runs 5 days a week.
OT helps children engage in activities that they need to do or want to do but find it hard to do it. OT can help remedialise their challenges or compensate for them so they can engage as best as possible. This may be in the areas of:
- Fine motor and handwriting skills
- Sensory challenges (over-responsive/under-responsive)
- Social skill development
- Emotional identification or regulation
- Behaviour including impulse control, attention etc
- Self-care (toileting, eating)
Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 who are identified by their teacher as struggling with any of these areas can be referred. They will receive an OT assessment report at the end of the term/sessions. Follow-up intervention by the OT students will either be in small groups or individually.