At ESP&TS we currently have over 25 Speech Pathologists working in classrooms across NSW. We strive to help teachers embed Speech Pathology practices and techniques into their teaching to improve the learning outcomes of all students.


What expertise do we bring?

A Speech Pathologist has a unique skill set in developing oral language and literacy skills in children of all ages. We provide training and support in:

  • Building vocabulary
  • Building sentence structure
  • Improving questioning skills
  • Increasing auditory memory and comprehension
  • Improving the ability to infer, summarise and predict
  • Improving text structure and cohesion
  • Developing metalinguistics
  • Establishing strong foundations in phonics and phonemic awareness
  • Supporting children with complex speech, language and fluency disorders
  • Supporting children from non English speaking backgrounds

Why Speech Pathology?

Oral language underpins all academic tasks

If a child is unable to express themselves orally, they are unable to do so in writing. Children with poor language skills will also have difficulty following instructions in class. A child who is unable to understand a task instruction will have difficulty completing all classroom tasks. Children with poor language skills also have poor reading comprehension. Children with speech errors also go on to have significant problems with phonemic awareness and phonics which underpin reading/writing development. Therefore, although the core focus of the Speech Pathology program is on oral language, its impact extends throughout the whole curriculum.

Strong foundations in phonological awareness creates strong spellers/readers

Phonological awareness underpins reading and writing. If a child can’t hear the sounds that make up a word, they won’t be able to spell it. If a child doesn’t know that words have sounds, then a phonics system will make little sense. If a child cannot blend sounds, they will be unable to read. This is why phonological awareness makes up a big part of PLAN (Best Start) and a big part of Speech Pathology programs. Often Teachers have some understanding of phonemic awareness, but are often unsure of exactly how to fit it in or go about teaching it in a systematic and explicit way. The Speech Pathology program provides a comprehensive, systematic phonological awareness program targeting these crucial early skills.

In class demonstration creates sustainable changes in Teachers

The program often  follows a ‘teach-the-Teacher’ model, whereby Teachers are learning first hand through demonstration lessons, workshops and discussions. This approach ensures the greatest level of Teacher learning and hence program sustainability.

Education and empowerment enables parents to take an active role in their child’s development of speech and language.

Through workshops, reports, phone calls and face to face meetings, parents become educated about their child’s needs. This empowers them to seek the support their child needs

Service examples

Speech Pathology services are tailored to your individual school, but may include:

  • Whole class demonstration lessons
  • Small group withdrawal for targeted intervention
  • Individual support and help with PLP development
  • Whole staff or focus group workshops
  • Comprehensive assessment and reporting
  • Whole grade screening assessments
  • Collaborative programming and consultation with teachers
  • Parent workshops and open days

For more information on school based Speech Pathology Services, please contact Sue Wilks on 0410 504 030 or by email at speechie@ezylink.net.au