Speech, language and communication skills are at the heart of everything we do. They are important for making friends, understanding the world and doing well at school and in later life. This is why we have a dedicated speech, language and communication support team; to ensure that children who find different parts of communication difficult get the support they need to shine!
What we do:
The SLTAs on each campus work hard to deliver interventions on a daily basis. They deliver interventions for children on the NHS caseload and also children who just need a bit of a boost to support their speech and/or language skills. The interventions they deliver might be evidence based programmes such as Talk Boost, or more bespoke targets set to work on specific needs. We work closely with the NHS SLTs to ensure that the most appropriate programmes are delivered to best suit each child’s needs. We also have links with the SEND Support Services.
As well as working directly with children with speech and language needs, we deliver a lot of training for staff. It is important that as many staff as possible working with our children and young people are able to identify when someone is experiencing difficulties in these areas. The training we provide helps to ensure that children are identified early and that staff are able to effectively support children with difficulties and also to challenge and stretch those children who have good communication skills.
Getting in touch:
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech and/or language development please get in touch. You can do this by phone, email, twitter or through your child’s class teacher, asking to speak to Julie Carr.
This is a really useful website with lots of information about how children’s speech and language skills develop at different ages: http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/
This website also has lots of information about speech and language development and how to support your child if they are struggling: http://www.afasic.org.uk/
This is part of the Talking Point website but has resources you can download and games you can play with your children to help support their speech and language development: http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/directory/communication-cookbook
Speech and Language staff
|Speech and Language Therapist||Julie Carr|
|Grace Darling S&L Teaching Assistants||Tracey Hedley, Geraldine Beeson|
|Josephine Butler: S&L Teaching Assistants||Julie Jepson, Brenda Wallace|
|Thomas Bewick: S&L Teaching Assistants||Gail Walton|
|James Knott: S&L Teaching Assistants||Vee Curry|
|William Leech: S&L Teaching Assistants||Teresa Hope|
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