Parent and community education is an essential variable in early childhood services. Parents need to be recruited as partners in the process of developing the foundations for later academic success. This often starts with parent education.
Parent education nights are typically held at the beginning of the year and the following resources and videos may be useful when running these evenings.
Milestone Fact Sheets
Designed by Speech Pathologists, these resources promotes awareness of early developmental milestones. The posters outline:
- What children by age group should be able to say, express, comprehend and listen and engage with.
- Tips for parents in the home environment so that they can stimulate their child’s speech and language skills
- A list of observations of children’s communication skills (or lack of) which are causes for concern and suggest visits to an Speech Pathologist.
Speak and Listen Posters
Posters designed by speech pathologists to illustrate the dimensions of good speaking and listening.
- Ideal to be used at the beginning of each classroom lessson to remind students about “good speaking and listening behaviours”
- For young students highlight one or two aspects at one time (e.g. Looking at me, with your brain switched on)
- Ideal for use in the home or for individual students with communication needs.
The Comprehension Questions Range
Resources from the Key Area: Oral Language
Designed by Speech Pathologists, these resources helps teachers and parents know what type of books and questions that children of specified age groups should be exposed to.
- Samples of adequate and inadequate age based answers
- Explicit instructions on how to present in a whole class, small group individual setting
- Pre-test and post-test formats to determine if children are age appropriate or not and those that require a referral to a speech pathologist