Training and Professional Development

Lucia Smith from Pelican Talk is a speech pathologist with 30 years' experience. She runs training  for schools, preschools, councils and allied health services on  a variety of topics.  She also presents training sessions previously run by Love and Reilly (revised and updated).  Sessions can be run face-to-face or via Zoom.  Popular topics are below. Workshops are adjusted to the needs of your service/school. 

Being a Super Language SupportWhat is dyslexia (and what is NOT dyslexia)?  -  Evidence-based teaching of literacy 

- Preventing Reading and Spelling Difficulties 

 Language Development  - Speech Sound Development   - Making the Teaching of Grammar Fun! -  Social and Emotional Learning

  Phonological Awareness and Phonics   -   Getting Vowels Right ! (Why the spelling of vowels can be tricky) 

Using Puppets for Learning

Participants in Lucia's sessions receive easy-to-follow information that can be put into practice straight away. Information is based on current research. Sessions come with loads of free resources and recommendations for other resources and programmes that are supported by research (such as the Sounds-Write programme, in which she has trained). 

An underlying theme in Lucia's training is to have participants experience what it is like to have a speech, language or literacy difficulty.  Only in truly understanding our children, can we know what will assist them in their learning.

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Using Puppets for Social And Emotional Learning 

These sessions include practical puppetry skills to be used in helping young children explore social and emotional learning. These sessions are open to the public although they are also included on the School Readiness Funding menu  (Victoria) and are available through Kindy Uplift funding (QLD).  

Sessions can be run individually for services (we can come to you -  or we regularly do the training via Zoom). Alternatively, we welcome you to join one of OUR sessions.  Our Zooms are run over two sessions of 2.75 hrs - or you can attend one of our full-day training sessions at Melbourne University (Hawthorn Campus). 

Our training dates scheduled for this year are:


*Note this venue has changed from our venue that was originally advertised. 

  • Thursday May 16th 2024
  • Friday May 17th 2024
  • Thursday July 25th 2024
  • Friday July 26th 2024

JOIN IN ON A ZOOM SERIES  ($385 inc GST each)

Series One will run on:

  • Thursday March 7th 2024. 2.45 - 5.30 pm AEST
  • Thursday March 14th 2024. 2.45 - 5.30 pm AEST

Series Two will run on:

  • Wednesday May 1st 2024 5.00 - 7.45 pm AEST
  • Wednesday May 8th 2024 5.00 - 7.45 pm AEST

Series Three will run on:

  • Thursday May 2nd 2024. 2.45 - 5.30 pm AEST
  • Thursday May 9th 2024. 2.45 - 5.30 pm AEST

Series Four will run on:

  • Thursday Aug 1st 2024. 2.45 - 5.30 pm AEST
  • Thursday Aug 8th 2024. 2.45 - 5.30 pm AEST

You can download all the information you need to know about the training here. 


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