OLT – Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Learning Focus
Inclusion and Diversity
Online / Self-paced
Start Date

Available anytime

By clicking ‘EOI – OLT – Speech, Language and Communication Needs’ you will register an Expression of Interest in the next available course, and you will be placed on a waitlist.

Please express an interest in NO MORE THAN TWO OLT courses at a time.

Program Description

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with students with SLCN to support inclusive practice.

You will learn about the prevalence of speech, language and communication needs, typical and atypical language development, and difficulties in receptive or expressive language skills and how these impact on academic progress and social inclusion.

Assessment for Learning
Learn about the purpose and process of assessments and how to assess individual needs arising from SLCN. Use the course checklists to carry out individual assessments of attention, listening, vocabulary and other communication skills. Create three student focused SMART goals to start putting your learning into practice in the classroom.

Explore a range of adjustments to meet the needs of students with SLCN. Use evidence-based effective strategies to build student communication and language skills. Draw on the strategies included in the course to demonstrate the scaffolds and supports you will use to meet the identified needs of the learners you are supporting.

Case Studies
View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

Program Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence and hidden nature of speech, language and communication needs
  • Differentiate between typical and atypical stages of language acquisition
  • Identify receptive, expressive and pragmatic language difficulties and evaluate their impact on access to the curriculum and social inclusion
  • Explain the purpose and process of individual education assessments
  • Use checklists to assess attention, listening, expressive language and fluency skills
  • Observe and evaluate social use of language and independent learning strategies
  • Design and plan strategies to support the development of phonological and articulation skills
  • Devise interventions to strengthen and expand vocabulary
  • Create opportunities to develop social skills and understanding of non-verbal language
  • Develop an action plan to apply your learning in your classroom practice
Australian Professional Standard


  • Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn
  • Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
  • Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
  • Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
  • Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
Location, Date & Time

The program is delivered Online as a self-paced course

Enrolment is open as an Expression of Interest. Successful candidates will be contacted and sent a link to the Online Training Australia course platform.