Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) are trained to work with children who find it difficult to talk, communicate and understand language.
Julian’s Primary School sources its Speech and Language therapy provision from Sarah Buckley Therapies. We currently employ two Speech and Language Therapists across both sites, a KS1 and a KS2 therapist.
What can Speech and Language Therapists help pupils with?
Speech and Language Therapists can help with:
- Social Communication difficulties – helping pupils learn good listening, turn taking, eye contact, body language and social skills etc.
- Speech sound difficulties – helping students to produce clearer speech.
- Language difficulties – helping pupils to understand and express themselves.
It is important to note that speech and language therapy does not cure children’s communication difficulties. It helps them become the best communicators they can be, so that they communicate and be understood by others, develop social skills and friendships.
How does the Speech and Language Therapy work in school?
Within school, the Speech and Language Therapists help individuals access the curriculum. This means that they work with the teaching team to try to help children understand what is being taught, express themselves clearly when talking in lessons and learn to remember the information. It is also sometimes necessary for children to practice new skills in an individual or small group setting before they are able to use them in the classroom or playground. Individual and small group sessions may be held to accommodate this.
Who do we refer for Speech and Language Assessment?
It is important to note that not all children with language and communication difficulties will be referred to our Speech and Language Therapists if these needs can be managed and supported within the classroom environment by the class teacher. Only children with a significant level of speech and language needs are referred to our Speech and Language Therapists.
Children with speech or stammering difficulties will not be referred to the school’s Speech and Language Therapists. These children can be referred to the NHS Speech and Language.
Who can I speak to if I am concerned and/or need advice?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s communication skills or speech and language, please speak to your class teacher and/or one of our Inclusion Managers.