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Video Examples of Speech Pathology Activities - VESPA

North Coast Medicare Local
Project Added:
11 March 2015
Last updated:
25 March 2015

Video Examples of Speech Pathology Activities - VESPA

Summary

Video Examples of Speech Pathology Activities (VESPA) was created following collaboration with North Coast Medicare Local as a medium for centre staff and parents to easily and conveniently access video demonstrations of Speech Pathology activities. Data collected over a six month period indicated steady viewing of the resources. This model is readily adapted to other services.

Presentation from Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) 2015.

Aim

To supplement outreach visits to centres and provide an easily accessible video demonstration of group speech therapy activities used by Rural Primary Health Service (RPHS).

Benefits

  • Improved speech outcomes for children and centres already receiving RPHS Speech Pathology.
  • Improved receptive language and communication skills.
  • Activities for school aged population and more specific therapy techniques are currently being created that can help parents and carers to practice speech therapy activities at home.
  • Provision of universal strategies benefitting the entire preschool population.

Project Status

Project dates: Started in 2013. Implemented during first half of 2014.

Project status: Sustained - The project has been implemented, is sustained in standard business.

Background 

The primary focus for Rural Primary Health Service Speech Pathology is provision of universal strategies benefitting the entire preschool population – this occurs through consultancy, capacity building and demonstration of group therapy activities targeting communication skills. Demonstration of activities is limited by various barriers: time constraints, scheduling, part time and outreach nature of the position. Repetition is beneficial and preschool staff and parents can easily do these activities with a child but some people may need a demonstration.

Implementation

Following collaboration with North Coast Medicare Local, VESPA was created as a medium for centre staff and parents to easily and conveniently access video demonstrations of Speech Pathology activities. 

A selection of ten simple activities targeting speech, receptive language, expressive language, phonological awareness and metalinguistic skills are included. Each video activity has a short explanation of the task, a demonstration video of a preschool aged child performing the activity and some suggestions for simplification or extension.

The video and additional resources for each task are available from the Speech Pathology with Craig Suosaari page of the North Coast Medicare Local web site.

Lead organisations

  • Rural Primary Health Service, Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) 
  • North Coast Medicare Local

Partnerships

  • Small community preschools in the Hastings and Macleay areas. 

Results

Data collected over a six month period indicated steady viewing of the resource. This model could be readily adapted to other services either to build on current practice or used as a viable alternative where traditional service provision is limited. Activities aimed at the school aged population and more specific therapy techniques are currently being created.

Lessons Learnt 

  • VESPA is an innovative resource providing a positive outcome for preschool centre staff, parents and the RPHS Speech Pathology.
  • The VESPA model could be easily adapted by other services either to build on current service provision or where traditional service provision is limited. 

Resources

The video and resources list below are available from the Speech Pathology with Craig Suosaari page of the North Coast Medicare Local web site.

  • Speech Screening Assessment 2013
  • Receptive Language Activity: What Am I Riddles
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Activity 1
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Activity 2
  • Phonological Awareness Acsyllable deletion 
  • Phonological Awareness Activity - Syllable identification 1
  • Phonological Awareness Activity - Syllable identification 2
  • Phonological Awareness - Rhyme Recognition and Pronunciation
  • Phonological Awareness Activity - Rhyme
  • Metalingmonsters need long short tails
  • Metalinguistics Activity 1
  • Metalinguistics Activity 2
  • Metalinguistics Activity 3
  • Metalinguistics Activity 4
  • Expressive Language Activity - Simple Storytelling
  • Language Activity - Semantic Categories
  • Language Activity - Matching use

Recognition

  • This project was presented at Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) 2015.
  • ACI Health Innovation award for Best Small Facility / Small Multipurpose Service Rural Research Congress 2014
  • PITCH (Practical Ideas To Change Healthcare) winner 2013 (North Coast Medicare Local initiative)

Contact 

Mr Craig Suosaari
Speech Pathologist
Rural Primary Health Services
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Phone: 02 6588 2638
Email: Craig.Suosaari@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

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