Speech Therapy

 Rachael Stocks & Annabelle Scotney

At Waratah SDS, the Speech Pathologist works alongside teaching staff to develop and implement programs to enhance student’s communication skills, including the ability to

  • Understand a message (receptive communication)
  • Give a message (expressive communication)

Programs may include the use of AAC systems (Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems), which can provide a means of communication for students who have difficulty understanding or using speech alone. AAC systems used at Waratah SDS include

  • Key word sign and gesture
  • Picture based systems
  • Electronic (voice output) systems

The Speech Pathologist also focuses on the assessment and treatment of swallowing difficulties for students who are not able to safely eat or drink. The Speech Pathologist works at Waratah SDS on a full time basis.