Communication in Play

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Speech Pathology Australia estimates that over 1.1 million Australians, around five percent of the population, have a Communication Disorder.  

On Saturday 26th August 2017, to coincide with 2017 National Speech Pathology Week, Woodend Paediatric Speech Pathology Services, in conjunction with the Macedon Ranges Autism Network, launched “COMMUNICATION IN PLAY” a project that provides aided language display boards at the Woodend Children’s Park.   The project is based on a Queensland Government project from 2007, involving visual communication tools that reflect true 'playground talk' through the use of an aided language stimulation approach. 

Communication boards depicting words through symbols were developed to support interaction during playground experiences.  These boards can be found at the Woodend Children’s Park in Nichloson’s Street to encourage individuals who have communication difficulties to share their playground experiences and to communicate their thoughts and needs using picture symbols.  


Access pdf versions of the Communication in Play boards from the following links.

Sensory Play

Creative Play board

Picnic Play board

Pretend Play board

Active Play board

Key Word Sign board