Talking Matters also stock a range of informative books and useful resources that are beneficial for families with children with additional needs. When you come in to visit us please let the reception staff know if there are particular things on display that you would like to know more about, and we will do our best to help.  

Promoting Literacy Development


Talking Matters are excited to be South Australian distributors of Promoting Literacy Development (PLD) resources,developed by Diana Rigg, speech pathologist and educator in Western Australia. These well developed resources are ideal for children aged 3 to 10 years. They are best suited for whole classroom or centre teaching and would be invaluable to schools, preschools and child care centres who are serious about promoting literacy in their children. 

Current catalogue available here

Orders for South Australia can be made with Talking Matters using the order form available here.

PLD training is running at Talking Matters this year, so book now!

PLD resources cover three key areas of literacy development:

Oral Language:

What is Oral Language?

Oral language refers to the act of speaking and listening. The main components include:

  • Word knowledge - vocabulary
  • Sentence structure - grammar
  • Language understanding -semantic and comprehension ability
  • Structured thinking - the ability to elaborate, organise and sequence thoughts

Students need to be able to process information heard and explain the information in detail in order to be successful within the curriculum.

Resources include: speech and language screening tools, comprehension and oral language activity resources for children aged 3 to 9 years old.


Perceptual motor:

What is Perceptual Motor?

Perceptual motor refers to the ability to hear something, interpret the meaning and form an appropriate motor response. Importantly the way a child organises and uses their body is a significant part of literacy-based learning.

  • Perceptual - input or receiving the message
  • Motor - output or the response

In schools students are constantly required to complete curriculum activities which involve physical movements. The more smooth and fluid these body movements are the more efficiently a student will keep up with the pace of a classroom and complete work of a satisfying standard.

Resources include: activities for fine motor skills, handwriting and letter formation.



What is Literacy?

Spelling and decoding or “word attack” skills are derived from:

  • Phonological awareness or ‘sounding out ability’
  • Alphabet knowledge -and particularly the ‘sounds’
  • Phonic knowledge
  • Sight word knowledge

But the hallmark of literacy proficiency is the ability to read and comprehend the material read and written expression ability (as opposed to spelling ability). These hallmark skills are influenced also by the skills in the other two areas. 

Resources include: phonological awareness and phonics activities, spelling and reading resources.

Further information about these products will be added to this site in the future.  If you have questions about the resources, or would like to make a time to see some of the resources in our offices, please call the office on (08) 8255 7137.  One of our team members will return your call, or organise a time for you to come in and look over the resources.

South Australian educators are able to order their resources from Talking Matters.



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