Working with Schools

June 22, 2021

Staff at Early Start Australia have extensive experience providing Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy services in the school setting.

Screening of Kindergarten, Pre-Primary or Year 1 classes

We can screen whole classes or just a few children for whom the teacher holds concerns. The areas screened include articulation (speech sounds), comprehension, expressive language, narrative and phonological awareness. The consultation includes collation and analysis of data for teachers and the write-up of individualised parent feedback letters.

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Weekly or fortnightly visits to Schools or Education Support Centres can consist of:

  • One-on-one sessions (usually around 30 mins each) with a few high-priority children.
    Feedback and activities are passed on to teaching staff and/or parents. Teachers and Education Assistants (EAs) are invited to observe. They are encouraged to learn the strategies to teach certain speech/language related goals. These sessions may be funded by the school or by the parents of those children being treated.
  • Consulting with staff.
    Students are observed in class and then discussed with teachers. Assistance is given to set appropriate speech/language Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals together with relevant activities to help.
  • Small group sessions.
    These groups work well for children with English as a Second Language (ESL). We assist with teaching aspects of the English language. We also help children in typical classrooms learn aspects of expressive language, articulation, comprehension or phonological awareness. Groups last 30 minutes.

We currently offer:

We can tailor a package of support for your school’s needs.


This program is available at:

Program delivery varies between clinics so please check with your local clinic about their programs.