child at school for children  5-12 years

Children 5 - 12 years

Service Information

Where can we see your child?

- Home

- School

- After school care

Who needs to be involved?

It is essential that a parent/carer attends most sessions or speaks/emails with the Speech and Language Therapist following the session.  After the session you will be given ideas, resources and activities to practise with your child to ensure carryover of skills and to increase the effectiveness of therapy.

It is also really helpful if the Speech and Language Therapist speaks with your child’s teacher and any other key adults (e.g. teaching assistant, after school carer, other family members) so they are aware of what your child is working on and can support this.

If other professionals are involved with your child, it is useful for the Speech and Language Therapist to speak with them about your child’s therapy.  The Speech and Language Therapist will only do this if the parent gives their consent. 

What skills can we help with?


- Using speech sounds correctly

- Having clear speech that others can understand

- Talking without Stuttering/Stammering

Language (understanding)

- Understanding long instructions

- Understanding words/vocabulary (e.g. more difficult words from

   school curriculum)

- Understanding concepts and ideas needed for learning (e.g. topics from the

   school curriculum)

- Understanding a range of question words (e.g. when, why, if, how)

- Understanding the different ways sentences can be made up

Language (talking)

- Using words/vocabulary (eg: harder words from classroom work)

- Joining words up to make a range of different sentences, including long and

   complex sentences

- Using all grammar words correctly in sentences

- Using language that makes sense to other people

- Giving instructions

- Asking questions

- Answering questions

- Joining in on conversations 

- Telling stories

- Talking about what they have been doing

- Explaining their ideas

- Explaining answers or reasons

- Giving an opinion or point of view

- Using language to solve problems

- Using language to compare and contrast ideas

Communication and Social Skills

- Understanding the messages people are giving with their bodies, faces and

   tone of voice and using these things appropriately yourself

- Understanding other people’s point of view and opinions

- Starting and carrying on conversations

- Taking turns to talk and talking at the right time

- Knowing how close to stand to someone when you are talking to them

  (personal space)

- Using eye contact when talking to people

- Using the right voice volume and tone

- Talking to different people in different ways (e.g. you talk to your friends

   differently than what you do to the Principal at your school)

- Asking and answering social questions

- Negotiating with other people

- Self awareness and awareness of other people.

- Understanding and expressing emotions and feelings

- Solving problems in social situations

- Being assertive and dealing with difficult situations

Literacy Skills

- Awareness of sounds and how they go together to make words

   (phonological awareness skills).

- Understanding what you are reading.

- Writing sentences

- Writing stories