Speech and Language Therapy at the Link Secondary School
Speech and language therapy is school-based and made up of one part time and three full time therapists. They have degrees or post graduate diplomas in Speech and Language Therapy, belong to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Therapists are involved in assessment, diagnosis and management of speech, language and communication needs as well as eating and drinking difficulties.
How is Speech and Language Therapy delivered?
A speech and language therapist is assigned to each year group in order to support the class team in differentiating the curriculum and providing advice and strategies.
SLT intervention is delivered through one to one, paired or small group work depending on the areas identified by our initial assessments and the provision detailed in each pupil’s Statement of SEN or EHCP.
Pupils’ individual therapy programmes are devised according to areas of need identified. These programmes develop understanding and use of spoken language across functional and social contexts. Specialist programmes (such as the Lindamood Bell Phoneme Sequencing Programme – LiPS) or resources that have been developed in school may be used.
The work of the therapists is integrated across the school day in order help pupils generalise their skills into ‘real life’ situations (e.g. lunch and break times, school trips, shopping, transport, links with local schools and colleges etc).
A full assessment for all new pupils entering the school is carried out and they are reassessed each year as necessary. These results are explained in the yearly SLT report which is prepared for the pupils’ Annual Review meeting. Therapy targets are reviewed each term.
Delivering training and work experience
The Link team deliver parent workshops, staff training and seminars on a range of topics. They are also qualified trainers for ELKLAN and have successfully delivered the accredited Speech and Language Support for 11-16s 10 week course on several occasions. SLT students from local universities on clinical placements are also supported by the Link specialist team.