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Speech & Language tips related to “Workers in the Community”


Your children may already be asking you about where you go to work or about your job. They may be interested in visiting you at work or dressing up to be like you.

When you are out and about together, try talking about the people you see working in the community. Point out particular uniforms or work related clothing worn by those people, e.g. shop assistant, police officer, fireman, baker, swimming teacher. Encourage them to describe the uniforms and ask them why those workers might need to wear a uniform for their work. Talk about the vital role these workers play in the community and how much they are valued. 

Some other things you / your child can do are:

  • Play dress-ups and engage in role-playing. Use specific work related vocabulary, e.g. when playing “builder” or “doctor”, name the tools they use, talk about what they do and their work related clothing.
  • Sing songs about workers. There are websites with songs that describe different workers, e.g.
  • Read about different workers e.g. “Doctor Maisy”, “Postman Pat”, “Jobs People Do”. 
  • Talk about uniforms worn by different workers and why. You could focus on a part of the uniform, such as hats, shoes, protective wear and compare them to similar items worn by other workers. Encourage your child to use descriptive language related to colour, shape, size, materials.
  • If your child has a favourite worker / occupation, encourage them to learn as much about that occupation as they are interested in and allow them to express their knowledge in different ways. They could talk about the occupation with their family or friends, draw pictures, make models  or act out the role.
  • If possible, visit work places, including Mum’s and Dad’s work, so that your child can see how the workers go about their jobs.
  • Pick a different worker for each letter of the alphabet, e.g. P -  painter, V - Vet, T - teacher.
  • Talk about the aspects of your work that you enjoy and why. 

If you would like more information about speech and language development, or would like to discuss your child’s communication, feel free to contact me on 0417 255 062.

Catherine Downs

Catherine Downs

Catherine Down is Platinum Pre School's preffered Speech Pathologist, she writes specifically tailored articles for the Platinum Newsletter and advises our staff on questions related to childhood speech development. Catherine is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech - Language - Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. Catherine's qualifications and experience give her a unique set of skills for dealing with clients who are having communication, literacy and learning difficulties.

To find out more about Catherine's services or to book an appointment, please call Catherine on 0417 255 062 or visit her website -

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