Speech & Language

Speech, language and communication is central to all we do at Winchelsea School. We have an on-site Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) team made up of therapists and therapy assistants. The SaLT team work collaboratively with school staff, families and external professionals to support speech, language, communication and feeding needs of our students. Speech and language therapy is embedded throughout the curriculum and school environment.

Our aim is to maximise every student’s functional communication skills and to maximise the Total Communication environment within school. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is widely used across the school. We strive to promote the effective use of visuals, signing and AAC alongside speaking.

Within our service, students will go through a process of assessment, goal setting and therapeutic intervention. Therapeutic intervention could be direct therapy in one-to-one or group sessions. Therapeutic support is also provided indirectly through creating and monitoring therapy programmes which are delivered to students by classroom staff who support the students daily. Therapy is delivered in ‘waves’, which are different levels of intervention and are determined by the student’s level of need.

Specialist accredited training on supporting communication needs is provided by the SaLT team using Elklan. Therapy programmes and sessions are important, however, the education of staff working with the students has proved to be of great value and additionally improves the effectiveness of any therapy input. 

The communication journey of a student at Winchelsea can be from teaching the early attention skills needed to engage in social interactions and learning, to supporting students with their language and social skills to support them to be successful in college and adult life beyond their time with us. The SaLT team are here to support our students every step along their communication journey.

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