Applications are closing in September. In this blog, I try to answer FAQ's about LDC's.
"My child's teacher is suggesting a referral to an LDC. Do you think he needs it?" Unique to Perth (WA), LDC’s or Language Development Centres are independent public schools for children with language difficulties. They were created in the 80’s as an initiative of Marie Donovan, who was principal at the WA Deaf School. She noticed that non-Deaf students with language difficulties were progressing well in this environment and that their language needs weren’t always supported in mainstream schools. Following a trip to the UK and supported by a group of parents advocating on behalf of their children with language difficulties, Marie convinced her school director to open the first LDC class in 1984. At the time, it wasn’t common for speech pathologists to work in schools but Marie thought that they had an essential role to play in education. I am not about to disagree with her. Thank you, Marie! There are now 5 LDC’s across the Perth area: Fremantle, West Coast, North East, South East and Peel where eligible students receive a specialised language programme to support their education and literacy needs. Referrals typically need to be sent in September (see at the end of this article for exact dates in 2017).
For many parents, the possibility of a referral to an LDC raises questions, so I turned to Anna Taylor, speech pathologist at the North East Metro LDC with a few FAQ’s. Anna consulted with her team to answer those questions and I hope I can do justice to her very comprehensive answers. I also asked a couple of parents for their feedback on their LDC experience.
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