Webinars

Here you will find a list of our upcoming and past webinars.

Professional development is a key activity at Language Disorder Australia. It’s part of our commitment to improving awareness of Language Disorder and developing skills that will encourage children’s engagement and participation in the classroom environment.

After watching a webinar you can receive a certificate of attendance by completing the respective survey.

Upcoming Webinars

To be announced soon.


Past Webinars

Interoception

11 June 2024 

 

Taryn van der Westhuizen (Senior Occupational Therapist) and Emily Rendell (Senior Physiotherapist) explored the concept of interoception—how we perceive, interpret, and process internal bodily sensations—and its relevance to students with Language Disorders. Discover how interoception difficulties manifest in educational settings, gaining insights into patterns of awareness, characteristics, and associated behaviours. Acquire practical strategies tailored for classroom use to enhance students’ interoceptive awareness and support their learning journey.


Oral Narrative

6 June 2024 

 

Ashton Moncrieff (Speech Pathologist) and Meg MacKenzie (Speech Pathologist) presented the webinar Oral narrative, which, in the form of storytelling, is a crucial skill linked to improved academic performance and social development in children. These skills are highly predictive of reading comprehension abilities. Narrative intervention promotes explicit instruction of targeted language skills, including vocabulary, sentence structure, and morphology, while fostering comprehension and social-emotional development.

Ashton and Meg focused on:

  • Understanding what a narrative is, including:
    • Types of narratives
    • Narrative development across ages and stages
    • Microstructure and macrostructure
  • Identifying challenges faced by students with language disorders and difficulties in producing and comprehending narratives.
  • Exploring the impact of narrative development in the classroom.
  • Applying discussed strategies and resources to support narrative development in students with language disorders and difficulties.

Reading Comprehension

1 May 2024 

 

Presenters

Tracey Huttley (Inclusion – Specialist Educator) and Athena Panagopoulos (Senior Speech Language Pathologist) presented the webinar Reading Comprehension.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understanding Language Disorder (LD) and the impacts on literacy development
  • How do we learn to read? Thinking about word decoding and language comprehension
  • Frameworks behind effective reading instruction (Science of Reading)
  • Strategies to support language comprehension in the classroom

We strongly recommend watching Language Disorder Australia’s previous webinar Understanding and Supporting Students with Reading Difficulties as a precursor to this webinar.


Language Disorder and DLD

7 March 2024

 

Presenters

Jordan Wellington (Senior Speech Pathologist) and Meg MacKenzie (Speech Pathologist) discussed:

  • The difference between Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Language Disorder associated with other biomedical conditions.
  • The prevalence of Language Disorder, as well as the risk factors, co-occurring difficulties and outcomes that can be associated with its presence.
  • The different ways that Language Disorder can present in the classroom
  • The next steps for providing support to students if Language Disorder is suspected.

Supporting Transitions within the School Day 

14 November 2023

 

Presenters

Tracey Huttley (Inclusion – Specialist Educator) and Taryn van der Westhuizen (Senior Occupational Therapist) discussed:

  • What are transitions and why are they important?
  • What happens when students have difficulties with transitions?
  • What are different types of transitions?
  • What skills are needed for successful transitions?
  • Strategies to support successful transitions.

Sensory Regulation in the Classroom 

30 August 2023

 

Presenters
Elyce Mitchell (Senior Occupational Therapist) and Nicole Lindgren (Inclusion Specialist Educator) presented this webinar, exploring the following topics:

  • What is sensory processing and what are the 8 senses?
  • What is the link between Language Disorder, academic outcomes and sensory processing?
  • What do difficulties with sensory processing look like in the classroom?
  • Strategies to support students’ sensory processing and regulation.

Social Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution

19 July 2023

 

Presenters
In this webinar, April Carroll (Provisional Psychologist) and Meg MacKenzie (Speech Language Pathologist) discussed:

  • The importance of social problem solving for student development
  • The vital role of social problem solving in fostering emotional development and interpersonal relationships among students
  • The specific challenges faced by students with language disorder and language difficulties in social conflict situations
  • A range of practical strategies and resources to cultivate social problem solving skills for students
  • Real-life case studies that showcase the application of strategies and resources

Morphology 

15 June 2023

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Presenters
Elizabeth Lorraway (Senior Speech Language Pathologist) and Hayley Symington (Speech Language Pathologist) presented an informative webinar on Morphology.

Throughout the webinar they presented strategies to support students’ skills and development of key morphological structures.


Executive Function Skills

03 May 2023

 

Presenters
Edwina Crowe (Inclusion-Specialist Educator) and Emma Reid (Occupational Therapist) presented the webinar Executive Function Skills.

Throughout this webinar they presented strategies to support students in developing executive function skills in the classroom.


Using Effective Communication in the Classroom

20 April 2023

 

Presenters
Speech Language Pathologists Jessica Casale and Lyndsay Miller presented the webinar Using Effective Communication in the Classroom.

Throughout this webinar they provided strategies to support students with both receptive and expressive language difficulties and discuss how these strategies can be implemented in the classroom to support a students learning.


Understanding and Supporting Students with Reading Difficulties

23 February 2023

 

Presenters
Sheri Adams (Specialist Educator) and Athena Panagopoulos (Senior Speech Pathologist) presented the webinar Understanding and Supporting Students with Reading Difficulties. The session covered:

  • Understanding Language Disorder (LD) and the impacts on literacy development
  • The complexities of learning to read
  • The 6 key components of effective, evidence-based reading instruction
  • The presentation of reading difficulties
  • Classroom strategies

Resilience and Task Perseverance

12 October 2022

Presenters
Provisional Psychologist April Carroll and Occupational Therapist Emma Reid covered the following topics:

  • The importance of resilience and task perseverance for academic success
  • How to identify low resilience and task perseverance in the classroom
  • Further strategies to build emotional regulation skills and risk-taking in the classroom
  • Discussing and unpacking a case study to apply strategies learned throughout webinar

Transitioning to High School

16 August 2022

 

Presenters
Inclusion-specialist educator Edwina Crowe and occupational therapist Karen Gibson covered the following topics:

  • What is a transition?
  • What impact does transitioning have on students?
  • What makes a successful transition to high school?
  • Strategies to support a successful transition to high school.

Sentence Structure

3 August 2022

 

Presenters
Senior Speech Pathologists Athena Panagapoulos and Elizabeth Lorraway covered the following topics:

  • What is sentence structure?
  • The importance of verbal sentence structure as a precursor to written sentence structure
  • Strategies to increase sentence length, complexity and the variety of word classes used

Supporting EAL/D Students

20 July 2022

 

Presenters
Senior Speech Pathologists Athena Panagapoulos and Elizabeth Lorraway covered the following topics:

  • Who are our EALD students?
  • What are some considerations around EALD communication?
  • Strategies to support EALD students including those with Language Disorder in the classroom

Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

18 May 2022

 

Presenters
Psychologist April Quezada and Speech Pathologist Elizabeth Lorraway covered the following topics:

  • How self-esteem and confidence impact engagement in the curriculum.
  • The relationship between Language Disorder and reduced confidence/self-esteem.
  • How to identify low self-esteem and confidence in students.
  • Strategies for supporting students’ confidence and self-esteem in the classroom.

Multi-Modal Communication

11 May 2022 

 

Presenters
Speech Pathologists Jessica Casale and Lyndsay Miller covered the following topics:

  • Develop an understanding of multi-modal communication
  • Highlight the benefits and common misconceptions of using multi-modal communication.
  • Discuss a range of multi-modal communication approaches.
  • Provide practical strategies for integrating and supporting multi-modal communication in the classroom.

Fine Motor Skill Development

4 May 2022 

 

Presenters
Senior Physiotherapist Megan Simmonds and Senior Occupational Therapist Elyce Mitchell covered the following topics:

  • The importance of fine motor skills in the classroom
  • The link between fine motor skills and learning
  • How to identify difficulties
  • Fun and effective fine motor strategies for the classroom

 

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