Specialist Support

Speech Pathology

The St Dominic's Centre speech pathologist is onsite 2 days a week supporting primary and secondary students and staff in the classroom and on the playground.

Receptive and expressive language, literacy and social skills play a key role across the curriculum. Following directions, understanding concepts and different levels of questioning, understanding subject vocabulary and the ability to categorise information are key skills required across the curriculum not just in English but in Mathematics, PDHPE, Science, HSIE, TAS, Art and Music too.

In collaboration with families, our speech pathologist works with teaching staff and students in and outside the classroom. Ensuring individual communication needs are met within the class, playground and in the community where appropriate. The speech pathologist may also collaborate with students, families and staff for personal student plans.

The speech pathologist works within a multidisciplinary team, collaborating with the internal team including the St Dominic's occupational therapist, pastoral care worker and psychologist, as well as external professionals as required.

For students who use alternate communication systems, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) group program is available to create opportunities to use their communication systems and support their needs at school and in the community.

Occupational Therapy

The role of the occupational therapist (OT) at St Dominic's Centre is to support a child to participate in all aspects of school life. This may include providing help with:

  • attention and concentration levels
  • being able to sit 'still'
  • handwriting and use of assistive technology
  • social and play skills
  • classroom behaviour and confidence
  • engaging in movement and physical activities
  • inclusion in the school curriculum
  • personal care
  • daily routines

Our occupational therapist will assess not just the child's motor skills, but assesses other domains such as sensory, visual and cognitive ability. St Dominic's OT seeks to understand the triggers underlying a child's unwanted behaviour which could be related to areas such as sensory processing, anxiety levels, physical or learning abilities, and can explore strategies to support the use of wanted behaviours in the classroom

St Dominic's occupational therapists can assess the classroom environment to find ways to improve skills in the classroom through play, writing aids, seating and equipment, sensory supports and physical exercises.

Our OT may work with the teacher or learning support officers to look at teaching styles and strategies and classroom routines that best suit a child's learning style.

Occupational therapy can support a child's confidence and development in motor skills such as walking, running, jumping, ball skills, balance and coordination. Our OT can provide advice on specific programs to accommodate a child's abilities.

St Dominic's OT is an accredited occupational therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of NSW/Australia.She has completed additional training in the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, Astronaut Training Program (Vestibular Activation), The Listening Program and Greenspan DIR Floortime. St Dominic's currently employ an OT 3 days per fortnight.

School Psychologist

The school psychologists' role is to provide a range of consultation, assessment, intervention and counselling services that assist school communities to:

  • support students to achieve academic success, psychological health and social and emotional well-being;
  • respond to the educational and wellbeing needs of their students.

This may include:

  • Providing psychological assessment and intervention to meet student needs
  • Liaison with external professionals and providers
  • Providing support and advice to parents
  • Collaborate with school staff and others to provide opportunities for parent education. This may include contributing to newsletters, disseminating information to parents, providingtraining and attending parent forums
  • Contribute to the professional development of school staff. This may include providing professional development and learning opportunities at individual and whole staff level, alerting staff to relevant professional development opportunities and presenting at staff meetings
  • Provide advice in relation to school based programs, classroom management, resources and/or other issues relating to student wellbeing and learning needs.