Speech & Language Therapy
All staff are trained by our Speech and Language Therapists in Signalong which, like Makaton, supports speech with signs based on British Sign Language. It uses an individually tailored vocabulary of key words to support each student’s vocabulary development. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is also widely used as part of our Total Communication approach alongside other augmentative electronic aids and communication books.
We aim to develop communication skills by tailoring the communication style to the individual and by supporting speech with objects of reference, pictures, signs or appropriate body language within a known context. Opportunities and motivation for interactive communication are maximised by providing a responsive environment which encourages listening, commenting, narrating and appropriate choosing within the security of a predictable routine.
This individualised approach enables us to support students who have communication needs in addition to special educational needs.