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Member Forum 2: Dual Language Learning in Early Childhood

*special event*

Session Date and Time:

7.8.2017 – 7.8.2017
Monday, 3pm to 5pm


FKA Children’s Services, 42 Dight St Collingwood VIC 3066


FREE for fkaCS Members / FREE for City of Yarra Children’s Services

For more information contact:

FKA Children's Services 03 9428 4471 | fkacs@fka.org.au


Event open to fkaCS Members and Children’s Services located in the City of Yarra. Designed for Early childhood teachers, educators and professionals working with children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds


About our Member Forums: 
Our vision is for all children to actively participate in quality education and care services that recognise, value and celebrate diversity.

In line with our vision and purpose, and in response to our members’ needs, FKA Children’s services will be hosting a number of FREE member forums during Term 3. Covering a range of topics, these forums are guaranteed to be topical, evidence-based, relevant and practical. Take advantage of this member benefit. Come along with your colleagues to learn something new, challenge yourself and leave with some practical tips to support your work with children and families.


Forum summary: 
Felicity and Monique will share current evidence with educators around Dual Language Learning and the relationship with typical speech and language development, and the occurrence of speech and language delays.

Talking points: 

  • Bilingualism in young children, commonalities and differences
  • Current evidence for best practice in promoting dual language development (i.e. what to advise parents) for educators and families 
  • Determining if there is a speech or language delay – questions to ask
  • Aspects of speech and language development – receptive, expressive, vocabulary, length of utterance, speech sounds, social skills
  • Identify the stages of additional language development in preschool children
  • Assessment in Dual Language Learners
  • When to refer to Speech Pathologist
  • Support service pathways – private, community health, NDIS.

About the presenters: 
Felicity Johnstone, Senior Speech Pathologist, North Richmond Community Health
Felicity has been working as a senior speech pathologist at NRCH since October 2015. Previously she worked for 15 years at Carrington Health in Box Hill, and has also worked in schools, private practice and early intervention. Felicity is trained in a range of intervention programmes including Blades, Lidcombe, PECS, TEACCH, Makaton, and a range of social skills programmes.

Felicity is committed to working from a family-centred approach to assist children with speech and language difficulties. She enjoys working with a child’s particular interests to promote language skills through play. She has completed a Master of Public Health and has remained working in Community Health for many years because of her commitment to equality of access to health services.

Monique Thompson, Senior Speech Pathologist, North Richmond Community Health
Monique has been working at North Richmond Community Health as a Senior Speech Pathologist since September 2013. Monique began her career in rural East Gippsland, working mostly with pre-schoolers and school aged children, and some secondary age children. Her experiences with a diverse client group afforded Monique a solid grounding for her current practice, and helped her to consolidate the link between the importance of speech and language skills in the development of literacy. Returning to Melbourne in 2009 saw Monique work in a range of settings including private practice, primary schools, Paediatrician clinics and Child and Youth Mental Health. Monique started in Community Health at coHealth in 2011 before moving to NRCH in 2013. Monique also runs her own Private Practice and moonlights as an Illustrator.

Monique enjoys working with the preschool age group, and in particular, is interested in the whole wellbeing of the child and family, the importance of culture and belonging, and being proactive in the development of positive mental health.

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