The aim of Speech and Language Therapy is to promote communication and independence as much as possible. Therefore, it is vital that students are able to use communication skills developed in therapy in their everyday lives. Research shows us that therapy works best when it is integrated into students’ everyday life at school. Therefore, an SLT programme that is integrated into everyday teaching is often the best way to help students develop their communication skills.
They use a total communication philosophy that values all models of communication of equal importance; promoting effective communication by whatever means, e.g speech, signing, symbols use or electronic communication aid.
SLTs work with teaching staff to:
- Identify individual targets for students to develop key communication skills
- Identify activities and resources that staff can use in class to work on therapy targets. Where needed, SLTs work with students in the classroom to demonstrate activities to staff.
- Deliver formal training to staff to teach them different therapy techniques
- Help staff integrate opportunities for communication in daily life at school
SLTs work with pupils to:
- Provide review assessments to evaluate a student’s skills in the areas of:
- Attention and listening
- Social interaction
- Understanding spoken language (including verbal and non-verbal communication e.g. signs, symbols etc.)
- Expressive language (including verbal and non-verbal communication e.g. body language, gesture, vocalisations, spoken words, signs, symbols etc.)
- Provide a Speech and Language Therapy Review Report and Communication Profile following a review assessment. This will outline:
- What a student is doing now (i.e. the skills that they already have)
- Suggested targets to help develop key areas and ways in which home and school can help students with these targets (i.e. an SLT programme)
- Information about what SLT will do to support the student (this could be by providing support to staff to implement targets; monitoring the pupil’s progress via another review or providing some therapy)
SLTs work with parents/carers to
- Support them to develop their children's communication skills
- Offer opportunities to meet with them in school to discuss targets
- Provide information via coffee mornings, leaflets and the school's website on a variety of communication skills and strategies
- Support parents, teachers and cares to develop their communication skills
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