Date
23 May 2024
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Speech, Language and Communication
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Support the learning and wellbeing of students with speech, language and communication needs across all levels of the curriculum.​

Understanding speech, language and communication needs

Learn about speech, language and communication needs.

Communication is part of everything we do. It is the foundation of relationships and is essential for play, social interactions and learning.

Strategies for action

Identify needs and how to provide support

Work closely with the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to supporting learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely. 

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Every student with speech, language, and communication needs are different, and their needs change as they get older.

Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Build whanaungatanga

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Recognise needs and intervene early

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Gather information collaboratively

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Organisations, programmes and resources

    Includes:

    • Resources

Key areas to support

Oral language, reading and writing are closely intertwined aspects of literacy that develop together over time.

Reading and writing float on a sea of talk.

James Britton, Language and Learning

Six suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Support understanding

    Includes:

    • Resources
  2. Develop expressive language

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Support social interaction

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Develop speech sounds

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  5. Learn about stuttering and voice

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  6. Support AAC users

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Embed a variety of approaches that support ākonga into everyday routines. Refer to Key areas to support in this guide for more on specific supports for students with speech, language and communication needs.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Build language-rich environments

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Support participation and confidence

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Present information in different ways

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Support processing and planning

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  5. Provide options to create, learn and share

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Embed a variety of approaches that support ākonga into everyday routines. Refer to Key areas to support in this guide for more on specific supports for students with speech, language and communication needs.

Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

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Supporting students with communication needs

Information about the Ministry of Education’s Communication Service, which employs speech-language therapists who support children with high communication needs in schools.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Te Mātaiaho, The New Zealand curriculum, English learning area

The curriculum guide outlines the literacy and communication progress steps and provides learning area content cards and videos.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Te kōrerorero, Te Whāriki Online

A resource that promotes effective teaching practices to develop oral language . It includes mana reo, oral language strategies, bilingual pathways, Pacific dual language books, mathematics, and more to support weaving this strand into your local curriculum.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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He Māpuna te Tamaiti

A resource designed to support the development of children's social and emotional competence. It includes a book and a set of cards.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START)

The Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START) is an Aotearoa New Zealand organisation that provides specialist resources and support for people who stutter and their families and whānau.

Publisher: Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START)

Website

Teaching the linguistically diverse learner in Aotearoa New Zealand

This book available for purchase is written as a resource for teachers and students who are learning how to respond to the language needs of learners from diverse language and cultural backgrounds as they teach their specific curriculum areas.

Publisher: NZCER Press

Website

Culturally responsive evidence-based special education practice: Whaia ki te ara tika

Waikato Journal of Education, Macfarlane, S., & Macfarlane, A. (2013). This article reports on research to determine the key components of culturally responsive evidence-based special education practice for Māori.

Publisher: University of Waikato

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