The Speech and Language Therapy Department are:
Loretta Lynch - Federation Speech and Language Therapist (Monday)
Judi Newman, Therapy Assistant
(Mon to Fri)
Amanda Needle, Therapy Support Assistant (2.5days)
Judi with 2 of our previous Speech and Language Therapists
What do we do?
Our main aim is to enable pupils to communicate as effectively as possible. This means we would concentrate on those aspects of communication that are likely to make the most significant and long term difference to their everyday lives.
We promote the use of 'multi-modal communication', that is, the use of all forms of communication such as signing, symbols, pictures, gestures and facial expressions, in addition to speech.
We aim to enable children to use whatever communication skills they have already to maximum effect, and to build on these skills where possible.
Assessment may include formal and /or informal individual assessment, observation, discussion with class staff, parents and other professionals.
We will also – alongside class staff, nurses, physios and the school doctor and dietician – assess how your child is coping with feeding at mealtimes and if any changes need to be made, especially if their skills or needs change
Ongoing work with children
Setting and reviewing targets
These take a lot of time to produce and have to be made according to individual children's needs, but can make an enormous difference to a child if used regularly and effectively.
Whole school role
We work with other members of the school Communication Team to:
Voice output communication aids
Some of our pupils use voice output communication aids (VOCAs) to support their communication. These range from simple devices such as a single switch with a message recorded on it, to complex devices like computers containing lots of language stored in different ways.
Part of our role is to assess, (in conjunction with other agencies such as ACT and physiotherapy) which devices are most suitable for individual pupils and then to support parents and school staff with:
What do we expect from others?
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