paediatric speech pathology

Group Programs

paediatric speech pathology

All therapy groups described are run based on need within the Nurture Nest caseload.

If you are not a current client and are interested in joining for a group program, please register your interest below. We’ll send you further information in future (please be aware that an individual assessment session will be required prior to enrolment in any of the group programs to ensure suitability for the group).

Group Programs can help your child to practice and consolidate new skills with peers and prepare for critical transitions.

Teeny Terrific Talkers

This is a small-group program that can be run at interested Daycares. With a maximum of 6 children per group, the SLP will screen children individually at the start and end of the program, and offer 6 weekly group sessions to target common articulation and phonological errors through play and interaction. Parents receive a daily summary of goals and cues, and a final summary of progress.

Dyad Intensives

This format involves 2 peers attending a 6-week intensive program with their Speech Pathologist, in order to rehearse, hone and refine skills they have already developed in their individual therapy sessions.

  • Play skills
  • Pragmatic abilities such as negotiating, sharing ideas and asserting appropriately
  • Harnessing emotions.

Dyads can be a great program during school holiday periods. Each pairing is carefully selected to ensure that temperaments and goals will align for the best possible outcomes. These can occur at our clinic or in the community at the Therapist’s discretion.

Social Stars

The Social Stars program is a 10-week group intervention run by the Nurture Nest Speech Pathologists, in collaboration with Rita Harrison, Occupational Therapist from Octavia Therapies. This multidisciplinary program targets core skills your children need in order to regulate, engage with other children, communicate and play together.

These foundation skills can lead to functional outcomes such as:

  • Forming and maintaining friendships
  • Building a positive sense of self
  • Increased social problem-solving
  • Expanding pragmatic skills.

Each week there is a differing theme for the program, full of exciting multisensory play experiences. Visual aids and total communication are implemented throughout the group. Parents receive a summary email each week outlining goals and strategies, as well as a detailed feedback report at completion of the program.

There is a maximum of 6 children in this program (ratio 3:1).

SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Food School

Nurture Nest Speech Pathology and Octavia Therapies (Occupational Therapy) come together to run SOS feeding group intervention programs based on need. The program entails 10 weekly sessions of 90 minutes in duration.

  • Sensory alerting and regulating warm-up activities
  • A 10-food hierarchy carefully planned to include; starches, proteins and fruits/vegetables as well as a range of textures for oral-motor progression, and sensory
  • elements based on the participants unique preferences
  • Visual supports throughout the program (a copy of each will be provided to all families to take during the program)
  • Clean-up routine
  • Shared play.

Each week, the parents will receive by email a copy of the food hierarchy that was used in session so that foods can be carried across to home that week, as well as tip-sheets and education taken from the evidenced-based Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) program.

Prior to the group, you will be sent detailed mealtime-related forms to gain a clear understanding of your child’s current mealtime functioning and food repertoire. At completion of the group, each family will receive a detailed progress summary report with recommendations of any additional Specialist’s that might complement their child’s current care.

NB: this includes provision of all food materials during the program and food preparation.

Prep 4 Prep

This program runs during Term 4 after-school and pending need intensively during the Christmas holidays. It is a 10-session program (90-minute sessions) to support children who are finishing their pre-prep year and transitioning to Prep in the new year. This is run in collaboration with Rita Harrison (Occupational Therapist – Octavia Therapies).

  • Independently managing belongings
  • Fine motor skills for pre-writing and cutting
  • Play skills
  • Following instructions
  • Attending to stories
  • Responding to questions
  • Pragmatic skills such as sharing ideas with friends and negotiating in socially-acceptable ways.

Sessions include themes and follow a structured sequence and routine, with visual and sensory supports provided to participants. Parents will receive a summary email each week, as well as a detailed multidisciplinary Prep Transition Support report at completion of the program.

Prior to the group, you will be sent detailed mealtime-related forms to gain a clear understanding of your child’s current mealtime functioning and food repertoire. At completion of the group, each family will receive a detailed progress summary report with recommendations of any additional Specialist’s that might complement their child’s current care.

NB: this includes provision of all food materials during the program and food preparation. There are a maximum of 6 children in the group to allow dedicated attention to each child.

Sounds Write Literacy Leg-up

SoundsWrite is an evidence-based Synthetic Phonics program. The program runs over the course of a term, or intensively during school holiday periods, and includes 10 x 60-minute sessions with a maximum of 8 children attending the group with 2 Speech Pathologists.

  • Improving segmenting and blending skills
  • Increasing letter-sound awareness
  • Building reading accuracy, rate and comprehension
  • Improve spelling and writing skills.
  • White board, cleaning cloth and pencil case for each child attending
  • Homework task each week to consolidate what has been completed in sessions
  • Progress summary report at completion of the program.

Each child will attend an individual screening session with the treating Therapist prior to the group starting, in order to gain baseline information and set goals for the intervention.

HANEN It Takes Two to Talk

The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalised group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.

  • Recognise your child’s stage and style of communication so that, together with the speech-language pathologist, you can identify next steps and goals
  • Identify what motivates your child to communicate
  • Use the strategy “Follow the Child’s Lead” to build their confidence and encourage them to communicate with you
  • Adjust everyday routines to help your child take turns back and forth in interactions
  • Follow your child’s lead to build his confidence and encourage him to communicate
  • Talk to your child in ways that help them understand language and then use it when they’re ready
  • Use the strategies when you play and read books with your child to help them interact and learn language.
  • An orientation session in which you’ll learn about the program and what to expect
  • A pre-program consultation for you and your child with the Hanen speech-language pathologist
  • Eight interesting and interactive small group sessions, led by the Hanen speech-language pathologist. In these sessions, you learn about communication and language development, as well as how to use the program strategies.
  • Three individual visits for you and your child with the speech-language pathologist that include a video recording of you and your child interacting together, followed by discussion with, and feedback from, the Hanen SLP.

HANEN More Than Words

The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Social Communication Difficulties. This program supports children on the autism spectrum or with social communication difficulties to connect more easily with others, make friends and experience less frustration due to communication differences.

Strategies are integrated into everyday routines and interactions you already have together. At a More Than Words program, you learn specific, research-based strategies to support your child’s social communication and play skills, while also connecting and having more fun together.

  • What motivates your child to communicate
  • How to use your knowledge about your child to set appropriate and realistic goals
  • How to make interactions with your child last longer
  • Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
  • Strategies for how to talk so that your child understands you
  • Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
  • Ways to help your child make friends

The More Than Words parent program may be offered in person or by telepractice. The program includes:

  • 8 training sessions in small, personalised groups
  • A pre-program consultation for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist
  • Three individual visits for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist in which you are videotaped while practising with your child. Then you and your speech-language pathologist watch the videotaped interaction to “see” what’s helping and what you can modify to help even more

Story Champs – Champion Story Tellers

Story Champs is a multi-tiered language intervention curriculum to promote academic language development for diverse preschool and school age children. The group program runs by the term on demand, with a maximum of 6 children for an hour of intervention each week.

Participants will use exciting visual resources to develop their vocabulary, expository language, sequencing and cohesion through structured story-telling.

This therapy program will suit children aged 4-8 years with language and literacy delays or difficulties. Screening assessment will occur to commence the program and progress measured at the term’s completion.

We Chat, We Play

Nurture Nest will be piloting the ‘We Chat, We Play’ group in 2024. This group will be a play-based early years group program for children with a range of communication styles, including AAC users. This will be a child-led experience.

It will provide an opportunity to come together and practice engaging and interacting with peers, in a supported and scaffolded manner with trained Therapists to assist any breakdown in interactions.

Children will be welcomed to a space where various sensory experiences and invitations to play are presented.

* Please note that children only should attend. If Parents would like a parent-feedback session at any time they are very welcome to arrange this.

Therapists: Anna Blee (SLP) and Brianna Dingli (SLP)
Venue: NNSP clinic – 18 Chartwell St, Aspley
Schedule: 1hour weekly (day and time to be determined) Term 2
Maximum participants: 8 (ages 3-6 welcome to register their interest)
Cost: $193.99 per session

Register your interest

Dear Valued Referrers and Families,

Unfortunately Nurture Nest Speech Pathology will not be taking any further waitlist enquiries at this time. We deeply apologise that we cannot provide a service to more families in-need at this time.

Our Therapist’s already have a lengthy waitlist in place, and in the interest of young children gaining access to intervention within the critical early developmental window, we urge you to visit Speech Pathology Australia‘s “Find a Speech Pathologist” in order to access a Speech-Language Pathologist more quickly.

Should our capacity increase, we will re-activate our ‘get in touch’ form and will make announcements on our social media pages, so please feel free to ‘follow’ Nurture Nest Speech Pathology on Instagram or Facebook to stay up to date with our availability. We wish you all the very best on your therapy journey.