Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) at our school aims to provide full speech and language assessment, diagnosis (where appropriate) and intervention strategies for children with communication difficulties as an integral part of their educational life. We currently partly fund our therapy provision with Pupil Premium funding. Our aim is that all Annual Reviews or EHC plans will be attended by our therapists.
Assessment aims to identify the child’s speech and language strengths and difficulties. This enables us to build a linguistic profile to inform our therapy programme. Typically, the therapist will look at your child’s play, social communication skills (e.g. turn taking & eye contact), attention, understanding, sequencing skills, talking/expressive language, phonological awareness, speech sounds, fluency and intonation. Children are assessed formally (using standardised assessments like the Preschool Language Scale, Preschool CELF or CELF 4) and informally (through play, observation and discussion with teachers/parents or carers). After your child has been assessed, our therapist will invite you in to share her findings and the implications for intervention.
Long and short term speech and language therapy goals will be set for each child in conjunction with pupil’s [if appropriate], parents/carers and class teams. This facilitates an holistic approach to delivering learning through the curriculum.
Therapy may include: individual work in a separate room; individual work in the classroom; group work in a separate room; group work in the classroom; and indirect work (e.g. home/school programmes).