Speech Therapy

Speech Pathology at DVSDS

The Speech Pathology Department supports students with complex communication needs and is committed to developing communication access across the entire school.

Speech Pathologists work in the areas of language, speech, voice, fluency, articulation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In addition, Speech Pathologists assess eating and drinking skills. The Speech Pathologists work closely with teachers and Educational Support (ES) staff and aim to support students to access and explore the curriculum.

We support students in areas such as:

  • Symbol systems

  • Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) and other multi-level communication books

  • Low tech AAC (Aided Language Displays (ALD), core boards and activity schedules)

  • High tech AAC devices (Proloquo2Go, LAMP/Words for Life, Touch Chat/Word Power, and Snap + Core First)

  • Key Word Sign

  • Informal communication strategies (use of facial expression, body movements, vocalisations, eye gaze)

  • Intensive Interaction

  • Mealtime Support

  • Exploring and Interacting with new foods/problematic feeding behaviours – for this we run a food is fun group.

Our ‘multi modal communication’ approach assists students to achieve their maximum potential for functional communication across all aspects of their lives, using methods that suit the individual student’s skill level. 



Using a core board in the school swimming pool.                                           


Using a low tech word power book to pick colours


Using the communication app Proloquo2Go on the bike track.                                                



Using a Snap and Core First on an Indi device at Melbouren Museum.


Modelling on a high contrast PODD book.                                                              




Food is Fun group.                                          
Using a LR7 with Word Power during community access.

For Speech Pathology related Web links, please visit our links page.