Saying Speech Sounds’ has Listening Programs and Speech Programs for common developmental speech errors of young children. The ‘Saying Speech Sounds‘ ListeningPrograms can be used with any child to assist them identify speech sounds at the beginning of words. A child needs to recognise when the accurate and inaccurate sound is used in a word before they should be expected to say a new sound. This skill is also useful for phonological awareness as part of early literacy activities, assisting later reading and spelling skills. 
The ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Speech Programs can be used with children who have mild speech difficulties and are able to say the speech sound when asked (even though they are not saying the speech sound accurately in conversation and with children who are seeing a Speech Pathologist.

How is ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ different to other speech programs?

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Following training, ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ can be used with children while they are waiting to see a Speech Pathologist or, where appropriate, can be used with appropriate children without needing to see a Speech Pathologist. Saying Speech Sounds programs are easy to use, practical, and can be used by teachers, education assistants, parents and carers following training.

The listening and speech activities are useful for building literacy skills as well as assisting with speech errors. Ongoing support is available through regular sessions available on the computer as a webinar following attendance at a ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Workshop. Lots of phonological awareness activities will also be provided through the workshops.

Support is also available through email with: info@speechsounds.com.au

Who is the ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Programs suitable for?

The ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Listening Programs can be used with any child who would benefit from consolidating or learning how to identify specified sounds at the beginning of words. The pictures and words used in the programs have been selected (wherever possible) to be appropriate for most Australian children. The ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Speech Programs can be used with any child who is able to say the specified speech sound in nonsense syllables (e.g. soo, ker, shay, etc) even if the child is saying the sound inaccurately in conversation. Many of the common developmental speech errors are available for purchase through ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ following a workshop.

How can I access the ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Programs.

The ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ programs can be used under supervision of a Speech Pathologist OR by individuals who have attended a ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ Training workshop. After a workshop the adult will be able to say the speech sounds accurately and know how to appropriately assist a child learn to recognise a specified speech sound or to say a specified speech sound. Contact info@speechsounds.com.au for information about training/Workshops.

Workshop – Why do I need to attend a Speech Workshop?

Knowing how to assist a child say a speech sound is sometimes difficult – if it was simple it would not be necessary to have a Speech Pathologist work with children. However, not all children who are saying speech sounds inaccurately need a Speech Pathologist. 
‘Saying Speech Sounds’ programs have been developed primarily for children with mild speech difficulties who do not need a Speech Pathologist in order to be able to say a speech sound. However workshops need to be attended, or training needs to be undertaken with a Speech Pathologist, in order for the child to have the best opportunity to successfully learn the speech sound.

It is important that a child practise new sounds accurately and this needs the adult to understand what the child needs to do. The adult also needs to know how to say the sounds accurately when said as a single sound so that the child can hear a correctly produced speech sound as a model.

If the model the adult uses is inaccurate, the child may not be able to learn the speech sound and become more frustrated; the child practises listening for or saying an inaccurate speech sound; and the adult will also probably not be using an appropriate model when doing literacy tasks such as phonological awareness activities, reading and spelling.

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Why is supporting children’s speech development a teacher’s responsibility?

Children who have speech and language difficulties are at increased risk of literacy difficulties. Even if the speech errors are mild, research indicates that if these mild speech errors persist beyond 6;9 years of age, there is an increased risk of ongoing literacy issues. Literacy and language are considered to be the responsibility of schools and teachers (this includes parents of Home Schooled children).

Also, there can be delays, sometimes considerable, between the identification of speech errors and the child being seen by a Speech Pathologist or programs being provided. The ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ programs can assist schools, teachers and parents with each of these issues and concerns. The ‘Saying Speech Sounds’ programs is a practical way for you to meet these challenges.