Speech and Language Therapy
At Southfield School we have two Speech Therapists and one Speech Therapy Assistant, working 2 days per week.
Upon entry to school the majority of pupils will already be known to the Speech and Language Service, relating to objectives within the pupil's EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) or statement; in this instance therapists will continue to support the child.
When pupils are not known to the Speech and Language Service the school may make a referral. The therapist will assess the needs of the child to determine what they are able to understand, how they communicate and how best to develop their skills. The assessments are made using a number of individual assessments and classroom observations as well as information from staff and family members.
Speech and Language Therapists set individual targets for pupils, which are shared with school staff and family and included and shared during annual reviews of EHCPs. The therapists support teaching staff to imbed speech and language objectives throughout the curriculum and in every available opportunity during the school day.
Therapists may work on an individual basis with some pupils or in small groups. They also plan and deliver intervention sessions as well as teaching whole class groups, alongside the teacher.
Our therapists deliver training to staff and observe lessons in order to develop ideas for best practice and support teaching staff to implement new ideas or trial resources and techniques.
At Southfield we use a variety of methods to ensure that children develop functional and socially appropriate methods of communication; these include Makaton signing, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), symbols and Communication Passports. Communication supports are most often not used in isolation, pupils will use several methods in conjunction.
We believe in a multidisciplinary approach to supporting learning. The development of communication is most effective when teaching staff work together with the Speech and Language Service.