Speech and Language Therapy

Speech & Language therapy aims to:

  • profile an individual’s skills and needs;
  • develop and maximise speech, language and communication skills in all environments;
  • promote inclusion into educational, residential and social contexts;
  • promote access to a specialist VI curriculum;
  • minimise secondary difficulties arising from a communication impairment;
  • support others as a person’s communication needs change and develop through childhood and adolescence.

We also have a Dysphagia Specialist who manages and supports students eating, drinking and swallowing needs.

Total Communication Approach

The total communication approach is about finding and using the right combination of communication methods for each person. This approach helps an individual to form connections, ensures successful interactions and supports information exchanges and conversations. A combination of methods are used, which reinforce each other and strengthen meaning for the individual. Examples are:

  • Signing
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Objects of Reference
  • Symbols/ other visual supports

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

This is a range of strategies and tools to help people who struggle with communication.

Examples are:

  • Signing
  • Symbols/ Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECs)
  • Voice Output Communication Aids
  • Switches
  • High Tech Communication Devices.

We use individual and group input to develop:

  • Social Communication Groups
  • Language Groups
  • Speech sound work
  • Stammering Support