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Allied health learning supports

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Description​

Allied health practitioners work with educators to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence to support kindergarten children within one or more priority areas.

Depending on the identified educational needs at the service, support may be provided by allied health practitioners from various disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • Speech Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Social Work
  • Optometry

Priority areas

  • Oral language and communication
  • Social and emotional capability
  • Physicality
  • Access and inclusion

Alignment to Queensland kindergarten learni​ng guideline

Learning and development areas

​Identity
​Connectedness
​Wellbeing
​​Communicating

​Building a sense of security and trust

Acting with independence and perseverance

​Building positive relationships

​Building a sense of autonomy

Exploring ways to be healthy and safe

Exploring ways to promote physical wellbeing

​​Exploring and expanding language

Exploring literacy in personally meaningful ways

Principles​

  • High expectations, equity and respect for diversity
  • Effective pedagogies
  • Reflective practice and professional decision-making

Delive​​ry mode

Online, consultancy, group training, professional services.

Co​st

Costs vary according to providers and level and type of support provided.

A​udience

Educators

Implementation considerations

Prerequisites: Allied health practitioners should be appropriately qualified and registered or accredited, as applicable, and work in accordance with the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline (QKLG)​.

Considerations: This item cannot be used for individualised child-specific assessment, intervention, therapy, support or referral services. The purpose of this approach is to enhance the capability of educators and strengthen the learning program to respond to the needs of children across the kindergarten cohort.

Backfill: Services should consider the cost of providing backfill if required to allow educators to undertake coaching and training.

Contacts: Services can use local networks to source appropriate providers. Services negotiate scheduling and other details directly with allied health providers.

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Last updated 19 April 2022