Researchers from National ICT Australia (NICTA) have collaborated with Speech Pathologists and teaching staff at RFWS to create a virtual interface 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.
Over the last twelve months, successful trials of remote speech pathology intervention have been completed with targeted students (k-2) at Bowraville Central School. The students were supported by a classroom teacher’s aide during each session. This helped to build the knowledge and skill set of the teaching staff involved.
The NICTA interface is currently being used as a training/mentoring tool with teaching staff at Bourke Public School and Bowraville Central School. Speech Pathologists work together with teachers to support the implementation of a range of evidence based oral language strategies within the 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.