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Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Department of Education
Speech-Language Therapy Services
Communication, community and learning
Sunnybank State School receives the support of a Speech-Language Pathologist employed by the Department of Education.  The school is currently paying for additional SLT service time through funding to support whole school goals.
The Speech-Language Pathologist works closely with school staff to support the unique needs of students in order to improve student learning and outcomes.  The role is specific to supporting students in understanding and speaking for:
* reading and spelling
* key learning areas
* connecting to community
* interacting with others
* social-emotional well-being
The Speech-Language Therapy service supports the school across three layers:
1. Differentiated teaching – working with the leadership team and teachers around curriculum planning and to provide quality teaching to all students particularly those who have difficulty understanding or speaking, and working with teacher aides to provide quality instruction in their support role
2. Focussed – working with teachers to identify and support students who require additional support such as small group intervention
3. Intensive – identifying and supporting individual students who require assessment and specialised intervention from the Speech-Language Pathologist and programs with a teacher aide
There are many exciting and evidence-based activities that the Speech-Language Pathologist has input into at Sunnybank State School, including Sunny Starters (program for Pre-Prep children), the Reading Hub (shared book reading experiences between students, parents and staff), robust vocabulary instruction, explicit narrative teaching, explicit phonemic awareness instruction, and speech and language therapy.