Speech-Language Therapy Services in State Schools
Speech-language pathologists are employed by The Department of
Education and Training (DET) to provide therapy services to students enrolled
in State Schools and Early Childhood Development
Programs. These services are delivered as part of the educational program
and are directed towards educational outcomes.
therapy services support students’ educational outcomes by focusing on the
essential foundation areas of oral language, speech, voice, fluency and
oro-motor functioning, where these impact on learning, particularly for those
students with complex needs in communication.
pathologists in the Department work as part of the educational team to maximise
students’ access, participation and achievement of competencies in interpersonal
communication, literacy, numeracy and key learning areas.
Who is our Speech-Language Pathologist?
This is the 10th year we have been fortunate enough to
have Cindy Apap as our “Speechie”. Cindy is the Clinical Senior Speech Language
Pathologist (SLP) in the South East Region. She held the position of Speech
Language Pathologist In-Charge in our Region during 2009 and 2010 and also
acted in the Speech-Language Therapy Advisor role in 2009 at Disabilities
Services Support Unit. She has been working as a speech-language pathologist
for the last 22 years in a variety of settings including primary schools,
secondary schools, special schools, hospitals and private practice. Cindy has
an ongoing commitment to our school and students and her daughter is one of our
alumni. Cindy typically attends our school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
How do I access Speech-Language Therapy Services at Caningeraba State School?
Our school follows the South East Regional Prioritisation process
for SLT services in state schools which is well-defined and strives to provide
a fair and equitable service to students with significant needs in
communication. If you feel your child may require speech-language therapy
services, please discuss this with your child’s teacher. Referrals are
typically made via your child’s classroom teacher.