Group Therapy

Social Skills Groups

Beginners Social Skills Group

Small TALK speech therapy runs the PALS social skills group program which focusses on teaching preschoolers how to play and socialise.

The program is designed to help young children develop a range of social behaviours that will help them develop friendships and get along with others. Storytelling, songs, games, role-play and activities are used to teach the children the various skills. The program runs for 10 hours, usually in school holidays intensive groups which run for 2 hours per day for 5 days.

The program consists of ten sessions, each one focusing on a particular skill. One skill builds on another so that the program gradually progresses to the more complex skills required for competent social interaction.

Registrations now open for intensive group programs running in the school holidays.

Please contact our team to reserve a place for your child in our next group.

Primary School Social Skills

Based on the well research social skills program developed by Alex Kelly, Small TALK offers the “Talkabout” Social Skills Program to school aged children and young people.

This program has 5 modules which include:

  • “All about Me” – Improving awareness of self and others, physical appearance, personality, likes, dislikes.
  • “Body Language” – Improving awareness and use of facial expression, eye contact, gesture, posture, distance, fidgeting and touching others.
  • “The way we TALK” – Learning about the different components of speech including volume, rate, clarity, fluency, and intonation.
  • “Conversations” – Learn about the different components of conversation including answering and asking questions, commenting, staying on topic and turn turn taking.
  • “Assertiveness” – Learn different ways to stand up for yourself.

Registrations now open for school holiday groups

Pre-Kindy Class

The small TALK speech therapy Pre Kindy Class helps children prepare for their transition to school.

Children’s communication and social skills will be strengthened as a result of participating in the class.

The following skills will be taught during the class

  • Following a visual schedule
  • Following directions
  • Attention to tasks
  • Remaining seated
  • Sharing news
  • Participating in small group activities
  • Communicating in the classroom
  • Days of the week
  • Greeting others
  • Answering “wh” questions
  • Early Phonics
  • Rhyming
  • Letter sounds
  • Visual discrimination

Registrations are now open for our intensive Pre Kindy Class running in the school holidays

AAC Groups

The small TALK speech therapy AAC Groups help children with special needs communicate with peers using their communication device.

Communication and Social Skills Group

This is an activity based unstructured social group. The speech pathologist/s will facilitate further development of the following skills using your child’s AAC device:

  • Greeting others and introducing self
  • Answering basic social questions
  • Sharing likes and dislikes
  • Retelling an event
  • Asking questions in play/activities (e.g. ‘what is it?’, ‘where is it?’)
  • Answering wh questions from stories and during shared book reading activities.
  • Making comments in play/activities

Book Lovers AAC Group

A flexible group that is tailored to your child’s level of reading ability. It is designed to help children develop an interest in reading and to find books that are engaging for your child. During this group your child will be supported to:

  • Engage in self-directed reading by choosing a book they are interested in.
  • Develop comprehension skills with visual supports of the aid of their communication device.
  • Engage in shared and guided reading experiences in a short group.
  • Answering questions about a text and developing the ability to recall details or the main idea of a story.

This group is based on the evidence-based approach of David Koppenhaven and Karen Ericson who pioneer literacy for AAC users in the US.

Registrations are now open for our AAC Groups running in the school holidays

Language through Music Infants Group

This fun parent and infant group (0-2s) is run by our creative speech pathologist Emily Hammond. Emily has two little ones at home.

She is Hanen trained and able to pass on a wealth of knowledge to parents during this relaxed group.

During this group your will

  • Learn how to grow your child’s communication through music activities
  • Learn about communication development
  • Engage in meaningful book reading with your infant
  • Develop strong interactions with your infant through people games
  • Use toys interactively
  • Meet other local families with infants