Professional Development

PLD workshop

Are you an education professional who would like to find out more about how you can support children with communication, developmental and learning difficulties? At Talking Matters, we provide support and information on a range of issues relevant to professionals who work with children in the northern suburbs. You can choose from a range of packages either designed with a budget in mind, or specially written to your individual centre's requirements.

You can have workshops provided in your setting for your entire team for an hourly rate.  Training whole teams together also helps to ensure your team support each other in implementing the new skills and information they learn. Packages can be as short as 2 hours, or be a whole day workshop.  If you have a team of support workers in your school, why not consider a whole day workshop where they can develop their skills and be supported in developing a range of appropriate resources for your special needs students? 

Workshops

Certificates of attendance will be provided at conclusion of each of the sessions. Each session is run by at least one of our professional team, often two of them, and are very practical in their approach.  Our primary goal is to help people supporting children in our community in being better equipped to do so. We want you to leave with a number of things you can easily put in place your very next working day.  If you have particular topics of interest related to child development or disability please let us know.  We are always interested in partnering with our local community and are happy to discuss including your team's training needs into our schedule to help you achieve your team development goals. 

In 2017 we have workshops planned for a range of topics including autism, speech and language, supporting fussy eaters and school readiness.

We are now taking bookings for our 2017 program. Download a booking sheet here.

Introduction to Speech & Language

Thursday the 22nd of June from 4.30pm - 6.30pm in the Talking Matters offices at Elizabeth Downs

Content covered in session:

  • Typical development, birth to 5 years
  • Signs of delays and when to refer
  • Strategies of supporting children with speech and language difficulties
  • Practical activities and resources to use with individuals and in groups. Access to printable resources

Supporting Fussy Eaters

Thursday the 14th of September from 4.30pm - 6.30pm in the Talking Matters offices at Elizabeth Downs

Content covered in session:

  • Myths around feeding difficulties
  • Typical feeding development
  • Practical activitiies to use with individual children and in groups
  • Signs of delays and when to refer
  • Access to printable information to support you in your centre

Supporting School Readiness

Thursday the 9th of November from 4.30pm - 6.30pm in the Talking Matters offices at Elizabeth Downs

Content covered in session:

  • Pre-literacy skills, language, play and motor skills to support starting school
  • Practical activities and resources to use with individual children and in groups
  • Access to printable resources to use in your centre

Other Workshops Available at Your Workplace

We offer training sessions for teachers, childcare workers and support staff. The packages listed below are typically 2 hours in length and come with easy to read powerpoint handouts.  Packages that have been well received in previous training sessions are:

  • Speech Development and Difficulties
  • IMG 4164Language Development and Difficulties
  • Understanding Autism
  • Questioning and Problem Solving
  • Supporting Children with Communication Difficulties
  • Supporting Children with Communication Difficulties in Childcare Settings
  • Parent Workshop for Early Language Development
  • Occupational Therapy in the Classroom

Consultative visits are also available for when you need more individualised and responsive support.  Perhaps your team would get the most benefit out of a more informal visit to review and discuss areas of need, where they can ask specific questions and be supported in forming strategies with input from one of our team members?  For further information or to discuss options, please call our office on Ph 8255 7137 and ask for one of our managers to return your call.

Feedback from teachers and childcare workers about previous sessions

  • "Lots of practical scenarios.... looking forward to exploring the disk of support materials"

  • "The information was easy to understand, clear, concise, to the point.  The presenters were very informative & knowledgeable...(they) were knowledgeable about the area we teach in too"

  • "The presenters were very approachable and work in my local area so understand our local needs"

  • "The workshop was useful in helping me to connect and understand some of the children I work with"

  • "I now feel it will be easier to communicate with parents and make suggestions for us to work together.  I found the workshop interesting, easy to follow information, gaining a better understanding of Autism and Aspergers.  The time went quickly.  I am eager to put into practise some of the things I have learnt.  All of the speakers were friendly and make the workshop interesting.  I could identify with a lot of areas that were discussed and gained more useful information to work on.  Very helpful.
     

 

 

 

 

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