At St Rose’s and St Martin’s, our Speech & Language therapy team work hard to ensure that every student has a voice. All students are supported to achieve to their communicative potential and access the opportunities and choices that all young people enjoy. We recognise that communication underpins our whole lives. The ability to understand and be understood is essential to every student’s well- being and achievement.
The Speech and Language therapists at St Rose’s and St Martin’s have many years’ experience of working with students with complex communication difficulties. We bring continual learning and innovation to our professional experience in order to offer the very best service to those that we work with. Students benefit from therapy input being delivered by highly qualified therapists, alongside the teaching and care staff who know them best, in order to transfer the benefits of intervention to all aspects of daily life.
Collaborative working with the whole inter-disciplinary team is at our very core. Person-centred communication goals are set and evaluated jointly with teaching, therapy and care colleagues. The students and their families are at the centre of all that we do.
We believe in adopting a Total Communication approach for all of our students. This means that all forms of communication and interaction are valued, respected and used as a springboard for development.
A number of different communication systems, approaches and resources are in place at St Rose’s to support students to develop communication skills further. These include
All forms of low-tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). Signing (BSL and Makaton), Talking Mats, communication books, charts and schedules, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), switches, Objects of Reference, Communication Passports.
High-Tech AAC, incorporating the use of Voice Output Communication Aids and Assistive Technology with specialised on-site support from our ICT Manager
Use of Eye Gaze Technology for pre-intentional and emergent communicators to access a range of software
Use of Intensive Interaction to facilitate engagement and develop mutually rewarding relationships.
Direct therapy for the development of natural speech and oral motor skills
The Speech and Language therapists at St Rose’s are specialists in supporting people who have difficulties with eating and drinking (dysphagia). We provide assessment and regular monitoring of eating and drinking needs, recommendations and training to those who assist students at snack and meal times.
Our Speech and Language Therapists are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.
A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.
When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.