Our CLUB YAK- Friday program has been developed for children who are preparing for school entry or are in PREP or GRADE 1 and requiring support in developing their communication and literacy skills to manage effectively in the classroom.
The program targets the development of the children’s speech, language, literacy, social communication and learning behaviour to enable an optimal integration in the traditional classroom. Our program is supported with an online teaching program of the activities we are undertaking and therapy ideas to enable the best support for your child’s communication and literacy development whilst they are at school. This promotes the best communication with your teacher to advise them on our activities . Our Club Yak folder enables simple communication of tasks with your class teacher as you can just simply walk the folder in and show them the tasks we are undertaking. If they want more information, they can visit the website pages that link to the tasks.
The Friday group has a focus on the achievement of the literacy milestones for phonetic reading and spelling and the underlying foundations that enable those processes in the mind to mature to the best of their abilities. The program also has a strong focus on effective listening and absorption of spoken information to optimise these listening skills when the classroom teacher is teaching to then not miss critical information as the year progresses from inattention and poor comprehension of vocabulary and weak listening (auditory) memory.
Families are welcome to watch the group from the viewing room above and are supported by the parent handover at 11.30 am with the Speech Pathologist in charge and the online support program to learn about the weeks lessons, what they were targeting and skills to take home to assist their child to progress further.
The program targets:
- Vocabulary for school success eg. prepositions, adjectives, adverbs…antonyms (large-small), synonyms (street-road), homophones (ate-eight), sub-ordinate (Furniture-chair) and superordinate (doctor-Occupation) relationships and categorisation.
- Effectively listening skills for classroom lessons involving comprehension of different sentence structure using syntactic markers (eg. if-but-and-or-however-despite…) and longer clausal structures that require development of auditory memory skills
- Language usage to enable confidence with verbal expression and abilities to answer different WH- questions (What-Where-Who-When-Why and How)
- Language of spoken expression and we explore a few styles of expression being narrative skills and dialogue to enable effective communication with another person
- Accuracy with grammatical development (eg.verb tense-ing, -ed, will/ irregular verbs/ copulars: is-are/ accurate pronoun usage)
- Phonological awareness skills for early literacy development
- Phonic-letter knowledge for all 24 consonants and all 22 vowels as a foundation to literacy
- Cognitive skills for problem solving, planning, sequencing and structuring fun projects that the children get to take home
- Social communication skills with group dynamics and pantomime
If you would like to be part of the program, please call the “Once Upon A Time Therapy” Centre on (07) 55 28 2222 to discuss this further and book your Club Yak assessment with our Speech Pathologists. Your therapist will recommend the group that is most suitable for your child to enable the best outcomes from the program.
Up and coming dates for future Friday program groups are available for you to check.