Speech Pathologists (SP) specifically assess, plan, implement and evaluate speech, language and communication skills.  Speech Pathology programs at BSDS focus on the development of:

•  Language (words and sentences)

•  Speech (sounds in words)

•  Augmentative and Alternative Communication- AAC (using signs/symbols to communicate as verbal language develops)

•  Play, social skills and interaction (utilising ‘Learn to Play’ program and DIR framework)

•  Mealtime and feeding support

Students are supported to become strong communicators using a variety of ways to get their message across, such as using gestures, symbols, Key Word Sign and words.  Social communication and the ability to interact with those around them are key focus areas.