BE HEARD! Are you a young person aged 10-17 whose parents have recently separated OR a parent of a 10-17 year old who has recently separated?

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is conducting research with young people about their experiences of family law system services when parents separate. They want to talk to young people who are aged 10 – 17 years, and one of their parents, about the services that were helpful or unhelpful for them and their family, and what can be done better to support young people when parents separate. Young people don’t need to have had direct contact with services to participate in the research.

Parents and young people may be eligible to participate if your post-separation parenting arrangements are soon to be finalised, or have been finalised within the last 12 months, and you live in Australia. If you and your son/daughter choose to be involved in this research, they will work with you to decide the best time to have an interview.

Please contact the research team if you and your child would like to take part in this important study, or if you would like more information. As a thank you there’s a $30 gift card in it for young people who participate and a $20 gift card for their parent.

SMS your name and phone/email contact to 0448 383 007 and we’ll be in touch with you.

Phone: 1800 720 142 (freecall except for mobiles)


Colourful Semantics: Professional Development Opportunity

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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