Innovation Poster Session HRT1215 – Innovation Awards Sydney 11 th and 12 th Oct 2012. Parent Education Workshops Targeting Early Intervention & Prevention of Speech and Language Delay in Children Presenter: Megan Free. Hospital Code Name:. KEY PROBLEM.
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HRT1215 – Innovation Awards
11th and 12th Oct 2012
Hospital Code Name:
Increasing numbers of children with delayed speech-language development
Increasing waiting lists for services in the community on the Gold Coast
No staffing increases in over a decade
What are the implications of this key problem?
Early Identification and intervention
Children are not being identified nor receive the necessary intervention prior to entering school.
More cost effective to intervene in early childhood to prevent problems from developing than try to “fix” problems later (A Healthier Future For All Australians, Interim Report Dec 2008).
14% of school aged children do not have sufficient speech and language skills to access the curriculum.
Level of communication skills Academic success
Parent Education Workshops for children 0-4 yrs, focusing on health promotion, prevention and early intervention will:
Increase service capacity
Increase service efficiency (families are not required to become clients of the service to attend)
Involve vulnerable children and “at risk” families via ‘soft entry‘ option
Reduce waiting times for families
Empower parents as
“experts” on their own children
the natural teachers of communication skills
advocates for their children
Reduce the long term costs of childhood communication delays/disorders through prevention, early intervention and increased community awareness.
A suite of 2 Parent Education Workshops was researched, benchmarked and established:
“Toddler Talk” – a two part workshop for caregivers of children under 2½ years of age.
Session 1: 2 hour education workshop with caregivers, targeting typical development, risk indicators and strategies/ techniques for strengthening communication development
Session 2: 1 hour playgroup session with caregivers and child, targeting implementation and demonstration of strategies and techniques, and ways to incorporate activities at home and childcare. This session also provides the opportunity to identify and triage children requiring further services
“Kids Talk” – a one session workshop for caregivers of children aged 2½ to 4 years.
This session covers typical communication development, red flag indicators and strategies / techniques for strengthening speech and language development and preparing the child’s communication skills for school.
All workshops are delivered by Speech Pathologists.
The workshops are aimed at caregivers and parents, however are open to extended family, child care staff, Department of Community Services staff, Child Health Nurses and other key people in the lives of Gold Coast children.
Child Health Nurses
Paediatric allied health teams
Griffith University Speech Pathology Department
Attendee satisfaction surveys completed at every workshop – to ensure content meets consumer need and to allow for continued development of the programme (annually).
The number of attendees at a parent education workshops (PEW) in 2011 was: 720
The average time (from point of referral) for a family to
have contact with a Speech Pathologist has decreased from
>4 months to < 1 month.
Service capacity has increased with no staffing increases:
Previously, approximately 400 children received speech
pathology support over 12 months
Currently, 720 early intervention services
can be provided through PEWs
Parent Satisfaction Surveys indicate:
over 99% of attendees “agreed” or “strongly agreed” they received the information they were looking for;
Over 97% of attendees “agreed” or “strongly agreed” they could implement strategies learnt and felt the resources provided would help their child
Ensuring caregivers have the skills to identify communication delays earlyand implement strategies to promote development is essential in the prevention of speech and language difficulties.
Parent Education Workshops have been an effective method of:
Providing preventative speech pathology care and health promotion
Reducing the number of children presenting with delays at a later age
Targeting vulnerable or ‘at risk’ families who may not otherwise access public health services
Identify children requiring speech pathology (or other service) support at an earlier age
Reducing waiting times for families to access age appropriate and child specific information
Increasing staff capacity
Future development of this innovation will include:
Continued development of the workshop content and format, in accordance with evidence based practise and attendee feedback
Investigate potential expansion into other community sites to increase the potential attendees (i.e. Indigenous community centres)