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The Program Support Group (PSG) meeting this week.

Hints and Tips for tackling the Program Support Group (PSG) at school.

I have had an interesting week – all good – we had our first PSG for 2010 Term 1 – something I usually dread.   . . .  but this one was OK.

I usually dread them as I can sometimes find I come out feeling quite flat.  Gosh in past I’ve gone home and just cried.   They aren’t upsetting or meant to be but it can feel quite overwhelming talking about your child’s obvious weaknesses and then pulling them apart.  Also some education/teaching jargon can feel too much.  I have learnt to ask questions and be prepared and organised.  I also now know what to expect.

Over the weeks I do plan to  add lots more on education for the language and speech delayed child, and more importantly school and give my hints and tips that I have discovered along the way but would be great to hear others stories as well.

Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

The PSG is usually run to go through your child’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP). You will review, modify and/or set goals for the classroom and home.  Input will be from your child’s aide, teacher, Speech Pathologist, other Specialists if applicable and home.

Try to go into them with a small list of questions from the Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which can be difficult as just getting your head around some of the goals in the ILP can be unclear.  Keep the main points in your mind, or write them down so you don’t forget,  otherwise it just feels too daunting to go into the meeting unprepared.

Bring an advocate to support you

The PSG will be a meeting with Teachers, your child’s aide, Speech Pathologist and other School Specialists if required.   This week there were 5 people from school and me last week.  So also it may be a good idea if you feel a bit confronted by so many people, to take along a friend, Dad or an advocate.

Sad to say I’m toughened to the routine now and well you have to be ready to ask your questions, raise any concerns and be sure to tell them what’s you are working on at home as well.

I find they are interested to find out what works and more about your child, so they can integrate into their conversations and writing etc.  This really helps a language delayed child.

Some key points on what you can be looking out for when your language delayed child starts school.

Primary school – what you can request and should be offered to you if you have a child with a language delay or language disorder:

  • Program Support Group meetings (PSG’s) at least 2 per year
  • Minutes from these meetings with clear realistic goals
  • An individual Learning Plan (ILP) for your child set by the school with input from Teacher, Speech Pathologist and other Specialists or Staff s if applicable.
  • Integration Aide – if eligible for funding.
    Dependent on scores from assessments which the school can undergo if you don’t have your own.  These need to undertaken by an accredited Speech Pathologist.
  • A face to face meeting with your child’s teacher each term – minimum
  • A communications book for your child so you have ongoing dialogue with your child’s teacher.
  • Access to school Speech Pathologist if you aren’t privately funding your own.
  • If you don’t have your own assessments from private specialists – access via the school to their Speech Pathologist and Psychologist to gain up to date testing.

Cheers,
Sandra

Kids Speech Matters

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