During School holidays, Chatterbox Speech Pathology offers group based services.
Will focus on children's social skill development. Some children need a lot of help to learn the rules of societies social expectations. These skills may not come easily to your child, but they can be taught strategies to improve their social skills.
The group may cover the following and will be tailored to the children involved.
- Making frequent eye contact, joining in and taking turns with friends
- Understanding emotions and communicating feelings
- Waiting, and asking for help
- Understanding the rules of games
- Starting and continuing conversations
- Listening and following instructions
Have been developed specifically for children who are at risk of and/are experiencing difficulties with literacy.
Children at risk include:
- Children with speech and/or language difficulties
- Children who have a sibling who has experienced speech and/or language difficulties
- Children who have a sibling who has experienced reading and/or spelling difficulties
- Children who have a parent who has experienced reading and/or spelling difficulties as a child.
The literacy groups may cover the following and will be tailored to the children involved:
- Hearing the drum beats in words (identifying syllables in words)
- Understanding we read from the left to the right of the page
- Developing their awareness of how sounds are made in their mouth
- Understanding that pictures tell us information about the book we are reading
- Identifying the first and/or last sounds in a word
- Identifying sounds (Phonemes) versus letter names (graphemes)
- Discussing handwriting skills
Will focus on listening skills and may cover the following and will be tailored to the children involved:
- Group Listening and Attention Skills for Kindergarten
- Ability to Follow Directions
- Ability to Take Turns in group Listening Tasks
- Ability to Understand Phonological Awareness Tasks—the building blocks to successful literacy achievement.
- Ability to understand 'what', 'who', 'where' and 'why' questions.
The group can run from 3 - 5 days, and depends on the children taking part in the group.