Literacy Group Programs

The literacy group programs are designed for children who may benefit from extra support with reading, spelling and writing skills.  

We use teaching principles from multiple evidence-based programs including 'Visualising & Verbalising' for reading comprehension, 'Sounds-Write' for phonics and 'Talk 4 Writing' to help children practice writing skills in a fun and meaningful way.

The next group will be run in the Easter school holidays.

The groups will be divided into two age groups ---  5-7 year olds and  8-11 year olds

The groups will be held over three consecutive days on the Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th April 2021

The groups will run from 10.30am - 12.00pm on each of these days (4.5 hours in total).

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3 Sessions for $450
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Literacy Group Goals

  • Increased confidence with reading, spelling and writing
  • Improved awareness of the sound to letter correspondences expected for age
  • Stronger blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation skills
  • Awareness of strategies that can be used during reading comprehension tasks
  • For the older age groups - a stronger understanding of different text types and the different 'toolkits' that can be used to enhance writing

Print Concepts

Print Concepts

Awareness of the functions, forms, conventions and uses of print and an understanding about words, letters, sentences, paragraphs, punctuation and grammar.
Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness

Awareness that words can broken up into syllables and sounds. Phonological awareness also involves the ability to manipulate or 'change' sounds in words to build new words. Phonological awareness skills are an essential foundation for reading and spelling.

Sound to Letter Knowledge

Sound to Letter Knowledge

Sound to letter knowledge is knowledge of the letters or groups of letters which represent the individual speech sounds in language. Letters and letter patterns that represent speech sounds are also called 'graphemes', while the speech sounds of a language are called 'phonemes'.


Our English language consists of 44 sounds yet there are only 26 letters of the alphabet. Therefore different combinations of letters have been combined to represent our written representation of speech sounds. For example, the /ch/ sound can be made by combining 2 letters (such as in the word "chop") or by combining 3 letters (such as in the word "watch"). The teaching of these correspondences is most effective when introduced systematically by commencing with the most common vowels and consonants through to the more complex alternative spellings.

Written Expression

Written Expression

Talk 4 Writing is based on the principle that you can't write what you can't say. Talk 4 Writing helps children to develop their writing skills from an oral language base. This effective method enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version using key concepts and 'toolkits' to enhance their writing.
Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is the ability to process text, understand its meaning, and to integrate it with what the reader already knows. Key skills required for efficient reading comprehension include: knowing the meaning of a wide variety of words, an ability to follow the organisation of a text, and an ability to make inferences based on what we know about the world. 'Visualising and Verbalising' principles are used in our groups to help children create strong concept imagery so that they can better understand the content of what they are reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where is the group held?
All group sessions are held at our clinic in Lane Cove. We have a variety of purpose-built therapy rooms that are spacious, colourful and engaging for learning. Families are encouraged to congregate in the clinic waiting area approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. The speech pathologist facilitating the group will meet families there, and accompany them to the appropriate room. The address of the clinic is: Ground Floor, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove, 2066, NSW.
2What happens if I miss one of the sessions?
All group programs are designed so that a session can be missed without hindering future sessions. However, if you are unable to attend, we do appreciate 24 hours notice so that the facilitator can plan accordingly. Unfortunately we cannot provide a refund for missed group sessions.
3How do I pay?
All group sessions are paid for in advance. Our front desk team will provide you details on how to pay to secure your spot.
4What qualifications do the staff have?
All group programs are facilitated by certified practicing speech pathologists.
5Do parents need to stay?
No. Parents are welcome to stay for the first few minutes of the session, however we generally find that children are more involved in group activities when parents are not present. There are plenty of shops and cafes in the local area that we encourage parents to explore while they wait. Families are also welcome to pass the time in our clinic waiting area, offering a small selection of magazines, books and toys.
6What do I need to bring?
Nothing! All resources for the group program will be provided by Sydney Speech Clinic. Children are welcome to bring a water bottle into the therapy room.
7Do groups replace one to one sessions?
No. One-to-one sessions are intensive, individualised, and tailored specifically to the needs of the client. Group sessions are seen as ‘boosters’ or supplementation to one-on-one therapy, and should not be used as a replacement in most cases.