Speech Pathology Talks and Workshops 
     with Carol Baker  LCST; MSPA


       Based in Port Macquarie, NSW - but I travel...           
Phone: 0405 658 593      Email: [email protected] 


I am a paediatric speech pathologist, but I don't work with children any longer.   After 40 years of working directly with children with speech, language, hearing, reading and spelling difficulties, I now give workshops and talks to groups of parents, carers and early educators. 

When parents know how to support their children's development and learning at home, then the children almost always make better progress. Many parents want some practical guidance to know how best to help their children, especially if their children have speech, language, hearing, reading or spelling difficulties. 

Early educators such as childcare workers and teachers' aides can also benefit from coaching to know how best to support children with speech, language, hearing, reading or spelling difficulties in preschool and school.

I have developed these workshops and talks to guide and coach parents, carers and early educators.  The aim of the workshops is to give participants practical knowledge and practical skills that they can use immediately.

Literacy Skills Workshop: How to help children learn to read and spell

This evidence-based, practical workshop was developed primarily for parents of children in years K, 1 and 2, and also for parents of older children with learning difficulties including dyslexia.  It is also for teachers, teachers' aides and other educators who want more information about explicit, systematic phonics instruction - and how to put theory into practice.

Why I developed this workshop: 

We know that children (and adults) learn in many different ways.  We also know that: 

  • More children struggle to learn to read and spell when they do not have explicit, systematic phonics teaching.  
  • Fewer children struggle to read and spell when they do have explicit, systematic phonics teaching. 

This seems to be particularly true of children who have a history of delayed speech and language, or other speech and language difficulties.

Phonics is the system that explains how the alphabet works and the relationship between written letters and speech sounds.  Starting in the 1980s, many trainee teachers went through their courses without learning how to teach children to read and spell using phonics.  Children were expected to work out the ‘code’ of the alphabet without any explicit instruction, just through immersion in stories and print.

At that time, speech pathologists started noticing that children who had had speech therapy when they were 3 and 4 years old, were returning to the speech pathology clinic when they were in primary school, with reading and spelling difficulties.  Remedial programs that included explicit, systematic phonics instruction were very effective in helping the vast majority of these children.

More than a generation of children were taught to read with just the 'whole language' approach.  Many parents and also  teachers today went through school themselves without ever being taught phonics. They may want to help their children who are learning to read and spell now, but may not be sure the best way to go about it.

This workshop has been developed so that participants can understand how phonics works, the role of sight words, some early spelling / reading rules, how to work with spelling lists, and tips to develop reading fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. In addition, participants will learn some simple and effective teaching strategies and tips.    

For more information about this workshop click here

Speech and Language:
How to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills (0 - 6 yrs)

This is an interactive workshop for parents and carers of babies and children 0 - 6 years.  It covers guidelines for normal speech and language development, and is full of practical ideas on how to stimulate children's speech and language and development. 

Why I developed this workshop
A child's early environment is really important.  How parents speak to and interact with their children from the time they are babies, is so important - not only for speech and language development but also for social skills, literacy learning and self esteem.   There are some simple things that parents can do at home to create a rich learning environment and to help their children to develop in all these areas.  I developed this workshop to give parents practical information and practical ideas they can use immediately at home.

For information on the next speech and language workshop click here                 

Literacy Skills: How to help children learn to read and spell


To arrange a workshop at your school, preschool or community:

contact me at [email protected]
or phone 0405 658 593

Speech and Language: How to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills