Student observations to accompany a Speech Pathologist referral

Year Level: Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2, Years 3 to 6

This form provides PLD’s recommended observations to accompany a referral of a student to a Speech Pathologist. It lists various observations for receptive language (understanding or comprehension), expressive language (oral language), attention, literacy skills, speech and social skills.

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    Early Years to Year 6 Assessment Schedule

    The following Early Years to Year 6 full year assessment schedule and scope and sequence outlines have been provided as a general term-by-term guide from which schools can adapt their scheduling. While some students will progress faster and some slower, these plans should be considered for the bulk of students. Screening and tracking is an […]

    The following Early Years to Year 6 full year assessment schedule and scope and sequence outlines have been provided as a general term-by-term guide from

  • Student observations to accompany a Speech Pathologist referral
    Decodable First Reading Books

    To maximise gains in the early reading phase, students require access to high quality reading books. Quality early reading materials will facilitate the opportunity for students to rehearse their decoding skills in a context that gradually increases in complexity and length. Within the designed book lists, sight words and phonic concepts are progressively introduced. The […]

    To maximise gains in the early reading phase, students require access to high quality reading books. Quality early reading materials will facilitate the opportunity for

  • Student observations to accompany a Speech Pathologist referral
    Early Reading Profile – Year 1 and 2

    The ‘Early Reading Profile’ presents an evidence based alternative to whole language type reading assessments. Revised for 2020.

    The ‘Early Reading Profile – Year 1 & 2’ is a quick single word reading assessment. It presents words that gradually increase in length and

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    PLD’s 2020 Whole School Literacy Plan

    The document outlines how to implement PLD’s literacy, Movement and Motor and Oral Language resources during the Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2 and across Years 3 to 6. Each page provides suggested time frames and implementation recommendations.

    The purpose of this document is to provide an implementation outline to assist schools in scheduling the PLD programs within a broad school-based strategy. When

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    A school-based or home-based program designed to equip teachers and parents of 3-4 year old children with activities that will develop semantic knowledge.

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    Developing vocabulary and the ability to speak in sentences.

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