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Welcome to the March edition of Inclusion News.
We have seen an increase in referrals in the area of speech and language.  Language means using words and sentences to tell needs, wants or ideas.  Speech means making the sounds that make the words.  As we know learning to talk and communicate is a very important skill that children develop.  An additional consideration in our sector is the complexity of speaking a language other than English.  The article by Christine Andell provides some basic starting points on how educators can support language within their programs.  Following on from this article, we take a look at how one service, Devonport Children’s Services – Spreyton After School Care has demonstrated commitment to inclusion and inclusive practice.  The service concentrated on how they could support the communication of all children and also how they can start reflecting the voice of the families within the program.   It is always great to hear how programs are supporting children and we extend a huge thank you to Devonport Chidlren’s Services for sharing their story.
What do behaviours mean?   Educators can be challenged by different ways in which children explore their world, particularly those who react to sensory input.  We have included some helpful hints from Pyramid Educational Consultants around certain sensory behaviours educators may observe, the kinds of stimulation the child may be seeking  and how these can be supported through various experiences within the environment.  Some of these may assist children within your service.
Finally, April is Autism Awareness month.  Autism Awareness is represented by the colour blue and aims at raising awareness and support of people with autism.  To acknowledge this day and provide some general  information around Autism, we have included an article from Autism Tasmania. Supporting children with autism is very individualized, so if you have some educators requiring assistance in supporting any children with a diagnosis of autism, then please contact your Inclusion Professional to organise a visit.
Once again, we welcome any feedback around information you would like to see within Inclusion News.  Chances are, if you have a challenge, question and need specific information within your service, then there are others out there that have or are experiencing it also.  Any feedback can be sent to .


Supporting Language Development in the Early Years


This article from Ealy Childhood Australia's blog, The Spoke, outlines the importance of language development throughout early childhood.  It shows the connections with culture, identity and belonging and the people who contribute to this skill




Good News Story:
Devonport Children's Services - Spreyton After School Care


The following Good News story is from our Inclusion Professional, Jill McKay.  Jill describes the commitment of Devonport Children's Services - Spreyton After School Care educators, who are genuinely committed to include children from diverse backgrounds into their environment and continuously improving their inclusive practice knowledge and skills.  Jill outlines the measures they have already taken and those that they wish to take in the future.




Helpful Handy Hints - Finding Reinforcers


It is often said that children's behaviour is a way for them to communicate to the adults in their world.  The following link shows behaviours and how educators may be able to support these through looking at all aspects of sensory input.




Go Blue for Autism


The following article is from Autism Tasmania and talks about behaviours associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The article also highlights where people can go for further support and resources.




Upcoming Community Professional Development Opportunities


Marte Meo Practitioner Training

Gowrie Training and Consultancy are running a third round of Marte Meo Practitioner Training beginning this May.
If you are interested, or wish to register, please follow the link below.



Sue Larkey Webinars

Sue Larkey is someone we refer to a lot within Inclusion News in regard to autism spectrum disorder.  Sue's website has links to a variety of webinars, all of which are designed to assist educators in developing strategies within their work with children.  Sue also collaborates with Tony Attwood, who is also well know for his work with children diagnose with autism.
if you wish to explore these webinars, then please follow the link below for access.



Gowrie Training and Consultancy

Gowrie Training and Consultancy have many upcoming events statewide which services may be interested in.  Please follow the link below to see what is happening in your region.



St Giles - Language and Interaction Training

St Giles has a Hanen training series based on Learning Language and Loving it for Early Childhood Educators and Teachers.
If you would like more information, or wish to register, then please follow the link below.




Please note Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency has offices in all three regions of the state, however, as Inclusion Professionals work predominately in early childhood and child care services across the state, please direct any inquiries to head office where we can ensure a timely reply to your enquiry.

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