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Speech and Language Support
At Fleetdown Primary Academy we believe that by focusing on communication skills across the school we are able to identify and meet the needs of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). We know that a greater understanding and emphasis on communication in the classroom, and school as a whole, can have a positive impact on pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) as well as SLCN. We also know that limited communication difficulties with speaking and listening can be a huge barrier to a child’s learning.
Our dedicated Speech and Language HLTA, Natalie Openshaw, works closely with the SENCO and class teachers to identify any children with speech and language difficulties and screen children using the Speech Link and Language Link programs. Speech Link and Language Link are assessment tools specifically designed to identify speech and language needs across all Key Stages including EYFS. Children’s comprehension skills (understanding spoken language of others), expressive skills (ability to talk fluently) and speech (articulation – sounds we make saying words). Mrs Burns then works with small group or individuals in implementing interventions to support children’s development in these areas.
We work closely with Local Authority colleagues (Speech and Language Therapists) who visit weekly, as well as other Specialist Teams. Strategies for supporting pupils can be through the use of appropriate equipment, as well as interventions. These interventions may include: 1:1 targeted support, small group work, in class support or Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Support. Clear means of monitoring progress ensures we can provide the correct level of support for pupils. Our Specialist Resource Base in particular work closely with Speech and language specialists in making sure that Speech and Language plans are implemented for children.
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