The Statewide Speech and Language Service continues to provide valuable support to Western Australian public schools to help young children with speech and language difficulties.

In Term 4, 2012 the Statewide Speech and Language Service commenced implementation of a new integrated service model which aims to strengthen language expertise available to students and provide greater support to schools and teachers.

Each of the Language Development facilities are now responsible for delivering early intervention programs to support student learning through a professional learning model for teachers, via an outreach service for schools. Included in these programs is the Aboriginal Early Childhood Speech and Language Initiative.

Peel Language Development School – Speech and Language Service provides an outreach service to South Metropolitan, South West and East Kimberley region schools.

Support Officers Speech and Language are located at Language Development facilities and deliver outreach services to schools across the State. Support Officers located in regions continue to provide services in those regions.

Schools have access to outreach services and professional learning through school and regional service requests, Principal Networks and the Institute for Professional Learning. This move builds on the Department of Education commitment to sharing and developing expertise in and across all schools.