Total Communication provides an array of activities and programmes for our children who encounter speech and language difficulty, literacy and numeracy difficulty, behavioural challenges or a co-morbid of presenting issues. We believe that there is not one programme fits all as each child has their own strengths and challenging areas. We aim to give the best approach for each child through combining and adjusting certain strategies that best fits their needs. Holistically, our programmes serve under these 3 touch points. We hope to provide a holistic learning experience for our children where they can learn and thrive the best.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) specialise in the development, nuances, and impairments of all aspects of communication and language learning. With training grounded in communication and language development,
SLPs are uniquely positioned to understand and foresee the implications to one’s overall quality of life when the developmental processes involved with these areas don’t go according to plan. Whether it’s working directly, liaising with teachers, parent training, or any combination of these, an individualised program supporting your child’s particular strengths and challenges can achieve gains for them and the way they interact with their world.
In consult with you and other professionals involved in your child’s case, the Speech-Language Pathologist will implement an assessment and treatment plan to maximise potential and reach goals. Our Speech-Language Pathologists are well sought after for services provided both at schools and individual families.
Difficulties in children involving SLPs include:
Speech and articulation disorders (unclear sounds)
Central auditory processing disorder (when the brain can’t hear)
Language disorders (delayed language development or language impairment also known as Developmental Language Disorder DLD)
Communication disorders (autism spectrum disorder)
Fluency Disorder (stuttering and stammering)
Educational Therapy plays a unique role in a child's learning. With background knowledge on development and learning, our Educational Therapists take into account a child's attention, emotional regulation, motivation and other aspects that might underpin their learning delay, which may be unrelated to the school’s curriculum itself. By identifying these different factors, and targeting them alongside their literacy/numeracy goals, we create a holistic environment for learning. Educational therapists also work with a variety of resources such as the Social Thinking curriculum, Conscious Discipline and Feuerstein Mediated Learning (for planning and organisation).
Our Educational Therapists are trained in literacy and numeracy. We use Lindamood Bell's Seeing Stars Program for literacy, and On Cloud Nine for visualisation in numeracy. Rather than generalised lessons that follow a curriculum, an educational therapist crafts an individualised lesson plan that is set according to each child’s needs. Educational Therapists focus on working from the child’s level of abilities and work with other therapeutic disciplines for a perfect solution.
Educational Therapists also work alongside parents, teachers, learning support teachers, Educational Psychologists and Speech/Occupation therapists to gather input from different disciplines to communicate and carry over strategies that is beneficial to the learning of the child.
Difficulties faced by children involving Educational Therapy include:
Math struggles (Dyscalculia)
Literacy difficulties (Dyslexia)
Attention difficulties (ADHD, or Executive Function Deficiency)
The goal is to increase underlying processing ability to improve academic skill acquisition; this results in improved academic outcomes.
The goal is to increase marks through re-teaching and repetitive practice.
Lessons are aimed at stimulating thoughts, which gives students the tools they need to complete their work more autonomously; focus is on thought and thought processes.
Lessons are aimed at helping the student complete their school work; focus is on task completion.
Therapy goals are targeted within an academic/curriculum context; focus on improving thought and cognitive learning processes
Curriculum content from school is re-taught and repeated; focus is on rote learning.
Identifies neurological vulnerabilities that affect learning, academic success, and overall quality of academic life, treating these and monitoring progress over time.
Applies teaching principals, which are generally proven effective for neuro-typical children, but not always helpful with children experiencing vulnerability, such as language impairment, sensory and motor issues, attention issues, and other vulnerabilities. Some learning centres will also not accept children with these vulnerabilities into their service, but Educational Therapy can be very helpful in these cases.
Uses a variety of innovative tools to enhance the learning environment, stimulate thought and make learning fun and motivating for the student; emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice when choosing appropriate learning tools selected with the individual child in mind.
Uses school texts and assessment guides as a guide for lesson plans.
Educational Therapists work with the student, their family, Teachers, Academic Support Staff, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, and other professionals involved in the child’s case.
Tutors works with the student, and in some cases the class teacher.
Success is measured as an increase in consolidated learning, deep internalisation of knowledge of skills and concepts across life contexts, increased ability to actively learn through experiences; these all lead to better academic outcomes and a better quality of life.
Success is measured as an increase in marks in school tasks, such as exams or assignments.
Occupational Therapists look deeply into the underlying process involved with physical, sensory and cognitive functions that allow one to actively participate in their life. With insight into how these systems typically develop, an Occupational Therapist can understand difficulties that come up when developmental problems occur, and the impact these have on one’s quality of life. With an emphasis on looking beyond the observable behaviour to see the impact of underlying processing, Occupational Therapy can make long term meaningful changes to maximise your child’s engagement with the world around them. The Occupational Therapist works with you and your child, and other professionals involved, to assess and implement therapy aimed at helping your child develop the processing skills they need to actively function in their lives.
Difficulties faced by child involving Occupational Therapy include:
Motor Apraxia (Motor planning disorders)
Sensory Integration disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Zones Programme for Self-regulation and attention