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Colourful Semantics: Professional Development Opportunity

By September 14, 2017GLCH News
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Our speech pathology team are looking forward to presenting information regarding Colourful Semantics, a therapy technique used to help children develop the skills to put more complex sentences together.  Our workshop is on Wednesday 20 September from 3.30, at our Lakes Entrance site [Bulmer and Bakewell rooms].  Please join us and share your experiences with others who support the language development of our young children.  We will have coffee, tea and snacks and lots of ideas to share.

Colourful Semantics is a technique that uses visual prompts to show children what sentences look like.  Using this technique can result in great language gains.  While working in the UK in 2001, I was part of a research project looking at applying this technique to children with developmental language disorders, disabilities, and children with limited language exposure.  These children made exceptional gains over the year of intervention. 

Since then, projects also investigated applying the technique to whole groups of children in the preschool and early school years, again with significant language gains compared with other classrooms not applying the technique.  When I began working back in Australia, I started using the technique and sharing it with my colleagues.  Since then, many therapists, schools, preschools and families have begun using the technique in Australia and have developed some brilliant ideas and activities based around the underlying theory. 

We are incredibly fortunate to have a very experienced and creative speech pathologist who lives and works locally – Lucia Smith from Pelican Talk, who has created an amazing program to help make it easy to use the technique.  Lucia will also be presenting regarding her experience using the technique and will be able to demonstrate the program she has developed, Alien Talk. 

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