Speech and Language
Lancasterian School has a team of Speech & Language Therapists providing input across primary and secondary. The Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) team is part of a school wide Communication Team which works collaboratively with teaching staff to address the communication needs of pupils. The therapy team promotes a total communication approach across school using a variety of strategies to support the development of receptive and expressive language skills, including speech, voice output, signing, symbols and tactile approaches. We have pupils using a wide range of Assistive Technology to support their communication and learning. The SaLT team works with Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy to advise on the pupils’ physical access to equipment. Pupils use a range of alternative access equipment including switches, joysticks and eye-gaze to communicate.
The Speech & Language Therapy team provides input through direct therapy sessions (group/individual) and through advice and/or programmes of work provided for teaching staff and parents. Training is an essential part of our role, ensuring that families and teaching staff are aware of communication issues and technology needs.
The Speech and Language Therapy team at Lancasterian is committed to providing the most up-to-date therapy service. We maintain links with the Manchester Universities and regularly provide student placements. We also liaise regularly with other specialist providers such as The Ace Centre North to ensure that our skills are maintained and developed so that we can provide the best possible service to our pupils.
What is a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT)
Speech and Language Therapists (SaLTs/SLTs) have completed specific qualifications to at least degree level. They assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them improve their communication.
Once qualified, SaLTs may choose to specialise in a specific area of interest. Speech and Language Therapists specialising in Hearing Impairment have postgraduate training, skills and experience additional to the Speech and Language Therapy qualification.
The Manchester Sensory Support Service has a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. Children are referred internally by the Specialist Teachers of the Deaf. The SaLT is currently working 3 days across the resource bases.
What might the SaLT work on?
SaLTs will often look at communication as a whole and set targets for different areas that might impact on effective communication or cause communication breakdowns.
This might include working on:
• Listening and following instructions
• Playing and talking with other children
• Understanding what people say to them
• Saying sounds and talking clearly
• Using words in sentences
How does a SaLT work?
Children are assessed and targets are set and shared with the relevant Teachers. The SaLT will consider the student/child's level of hearing when making these targets, to ensure they are appropriate for their developmental stage, but also achievable in relation to hearing levels.
The SaLT can work in lots of different ways and this will depend on the child's current needs.
This might include:
• Regular sessions with the child
• Providing advice for teachers and other professionals
• Providing a programme of work to be completed at home and school
• Training staff, parents/carers and other professionals
• Writing reports and liaising with other professionals