Speech and Language Therapy at Parayhouse School
Speech, Language and Communication is the primary need of our students at Parayhouse, all of whom have Statements/EHCP plans outlining the need for regular Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) input. Accordingly, communication is at the heart of our curriculum and we employ five specialist SLTs to ensure all our students can access the curriculum.
When new students join us, a series of assessments covering all areas of communication are administered by the SLTs, to provide a baseline of the student’s communication strengths and needs. This information informs the setting of individual targets to develop the students’ communication and support their access to the curriculum.
The SLT provision is delivered in various ways, personalised to our students’ individual needs. Therapy mainly takes place within the classroom, in small groups, which is a more natural and functional environment that encourages generalisation. In addition, the therapists prioritise students for 1:1 support when results show need for extra support or funding is designated i.e. Pupil Premium. Therapists collaborate with team members to set targets and together implement ways to help students access their learning and develop their speaking and listening skills.
In line with our Mission statement our relationships with parents and home are imperative to the success of the students. SLTs communicate regularly with parents, through home visits, parent workshops, and therapy newsletters, ensuring goals are shared. This leads to greater outcomes for our students, as measured by parent reports and overall results.
Developing our practice is important for continual professional development and the SLTs deliver regular in- house training to share our knowledge and ensure consistency in our approaches to supporting our students’ communication needs.
In March 2017, our SLT team hosted a forum for Speech and Language Therapists working in Special Schools. From this a Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) has been established and will continue to grow and help develop our practice and that of other SLTs working in a similar setting.