Researchers from National ICT Australia (NICTA) have collaborated with the Speech Pathologist and teaching staff at RFWS team to create and design a virtual interface that can be used for remote speech pathology intervention, teacher training and mentoring. The interface has been designed to be highly motivating, culturally inclusive and child-friendly. It provides state of the art audio and video working across all platforms. Highly specialised technical experts have partnered with early educators, Aboriginal teaching staff and Speech pathologists to create an innovative tool for service delivery within rural and remote communities.
Over the last twelve months, successful trials of speech pathology intervention via the remote interface have been implemented with targeted children attending kindergarten to year two at Bowraville Central School.
Speech therapy was provided to targeted students on a weekly basis via the remote interface. The students were all supported during the sessions by their classroom teacher’s aide. This has helped to build the knowledge and skill set of the teaching staff involved. All students made reportable gains within the speech and language areas targeted during the intervention period.
The NICTA interface is being used as a successful training/mentoring tool with teaching staff at Bourke Public School and Bowraville Central School to support the implementation of the SWAY programme within each setting. Speech Pathologist work together with teachers to support the implementation of a range of evidence based oral language strategies within their classroom.
The NICTA interface has also been adopted by the NSW Centre for Effective reading for research into the effectiveness of standardised assessments being delivered remotely by this innovative technology.