LINK-S Program

The Linking Language with Secondary School Learning Program is an evidence-based professionally collaborative approach to supporting secondary school students with language impairments.


The approach aims to create ‘language-friendly’ secondary school classrooms, by coaching teachers in ways to modify the oral and written instructional language used in their regular classroom teaching practices.


Reference:  Starling, J., Munro, N., Togher, L., & Arciuli, J. (2012).  Training secondary school teachers in instructional language modification techniques to support adolscents with language impairment: A randomised controlled trial.  Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 43, 474-495.


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LINK-S Manual

The Manual includes:

  • Background information: The nature and impact of language impairment in adolescence, and how professionals can work together to support these young people.

  • The program: A detailed framework of the program, and how it can be administered.

  • Resources: Many specific resources are included in the manual that are fundamental to the delivery of the program.

  • A CD: The CD has printable PDF files of all resources included in the Appendix section of the manual, such as handouts, forms and language strategy resources.

  • For Sample Pages click here.



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About the Author

Julia Starling PhD is a Sydney-based speech-language pathologist who has extensive experience developing and implementing interventions for supporting young people with Developmental Language Disorder/Language Disorder. Julia maintains a private caseload of mainly upper primary and secondary students, is implementing the LINK-S Program in schools across Australia, regularly lectures and presents seminars and workshops, and has an active involvement in research projects.  Additionally Julia is currently President of the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.


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