Supporting Children’s Language Skills Through Narrative

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Supporting Children’s Language Skills Through  Narrative

A workshop presented by

Tania Blunden, Speech Pathologist, Words To Grow



About the Workshop

Through hands-on participation, small group interactions, guided practice and modelling, participants will:

  • Review how narrative skills develop from early childhood through the primary school  years
  • Understand how to analyse the structure of texts (e.g. picture books) and children’s narratives (spoken and written)
  • Apply this knowledge to help children develop their critical and social thinking and communication skills
  • Learn how to use MindWing Concepts, Inc tools and techniques including the Story Grammar Marker® (SGM®) and/or Braidy the Story Braid® Puppet to develop literate oral language in therapy sessions and in the classroom.

This interactive, multi sensory approach can be used with a diverse range of learners including children with developmental language disorder, English language learners and children with autism spectrum disorders.

Participants can expect to rejuvenate and add to their therapy and classroom tool kit with a range of practical, innovative and creative ideas for fostering oral language and literacy development.


About Tania

Tania Blunden is certified practicing Speech Pathologist and founder of Words To Grow, a paediatric private practice in Brisbane. Since attending MindWing Concepts, Inc. training in 2010 in Orlando, Florida, Tania has presented numerous workshops nationally, to train teachers and speech pathologists in using multisensory tools and techniques to support narrative development.

Tania’s enthusiasm for teaching students’ how to understand, tell and write narratives is founded on the belief that telling and understanding one another’s stories is the basis for human connection, relationships and academic success.  The multisensory nature of the tools and techniques ensure that children learn best when they are engaged and having fun.

Throughout her 15-year career, Tania has worked in private practices, Indigenous health services, early childhood, primary, secondary and special education settings.

Tania holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from the University of Queensland and postgraduate degrees in Counselling (University of New England) and Education (Griffith University).

To see the program in action, check out the following link:


Who Should Attend

  • Speech Pathologists working with preschool aged and lower primary aged children (P-3).
  • Classroom Teachers (Prep-Year 3)
  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Learning Support Teachers
  • Teacher Aides supporting students with Developmental Language Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties.



Venue & Contact Details:

Date: Saturday 17th March, 2018

Time: Registration from 8.45  –  Workshop 9.00 – 5.00

Venue:  Western Autistic  School, Cnr. Garnet & Teague Streets Vic Niddrie 3042        

Cost: $260 (inclusive of Teacher Training Tools)

Morning & afternoon tea provided. B.Y.O. Lunch

Contact Details:  events@spectrumspeech.com.au




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