At The Link Primary School we have a team of specialist Speech and Language Therapists with a wealth of experience in Education, particularly Special Educational Needs Provision, experienced in dealing with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs and disorders.
We recognise that communication is a basic human right and realise the importance of communication in all forms. This may include:
• speech and spoken language
• natural gestures and Makaton signing
• photos and picture symbols
• voice output communication aids and computer based systems
Speech and Language Therapy at The Link Primary School is an integral part of educational life. Therapists work closely with Class Teachers, Occupational Therapists, external professionals and Learning Support Assistants to provide a whole school approach to improving the children’s communication skills, and to support their learning. Therapists work collaboratively with teachers in curriculum planning and differentiation and provide in-house training across the school.
On admission to the school, each child is assessed by the team of Speech and Language Therapists, and an individual plan for therapy devised. All children are assessed annually and reviewed as required prior to their Annual Review. Therapists provide a detailed report highlighting each child’s strengths and weaknesses and set individual therapy targets which are incorporated into their Therapy Plans or Individual Education Plans. Each child receives an intensive programme of therapy specifically targeted to their needs. Therapy is delivered through a combination of:
• Direct one to one work
• Paired or small group work
• Whole class group work run jointly with teachers
• Implementing strategies within the classroom
• Liaison with school staff regarding the management and generalisation of therapy targets
• Supporting additional classroom activities, outings and assemblies
In addition, the Speech and Language Therapists attend the Annual Review meeting providing an opportunity to discuss the child’s progress and future targets. Termly parents’ afternoons allow for an informal meeting between parents and key staff involved with the child. Parents are kept well informed about the work carried out during therapy and can follow up at home when appropriate. There are also opportunities to attend parent workshops throughout the year. We welcome contact with parents and can be reached either through home-school books or by telephone.