If a child has a Speech, language and Communication Need (SLCN), they receive support in school from a NHS Speech and Language Therapist. Our current therapist is Richard Martin. A child will have between 4 and 10 visits a school year depending on their level of need. The therapist will contact parents directly to let you know he will be visiting school and to feedback afterwards.
We sometimes have a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant who works with selected children. School staff use targets and strategies given to us by the specialist therapists, including:
- Keeping language simple.
- Using visual cues to support verbal interactions.
- Makaton signing to support communication.
- Using subject-object-verb prompts to extend spoken sentences.
Nursery age children can be taken to drop in sessions (please see the Nursery teachers for more information). Children in Reception and older are referred through school. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s class teacher.