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Communication and Learning Team

 

The Communication and Learning Team is a multidisciplinary team consisting of a range of Teachers, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and  other therapists and Specialist Assistants working in partnership. 

All the professionals are knowledgeable and experienced in providing a variety of interventions and strategies that support each pupil to learn, achieve and reach their full potential. 

The practices used have been researched, proved successful and beneficial at school, home and in the community.

We provide direct and indirect support based on the needs of the individual along with strategies specified in the pupils statement. 

Support, interventions and strategies are often incorporated in the school day but are also offered via 1:1, paired, group or class based activities.  

Cooperation, consultation, assistance and encouragement take place regularly with staff and parents.

We recognise that it is important to focus upon our pupils preferred means of communication whenever possible, provided communication is functional. 

Strategies and Interventions are integrated into the school day to ensure every opportunity for communication is utilised.  

Pre-verbal communication such as awareness of others, interactions, eye contact and turn-taking skills are considered principal aspects of communication.

All pupils receive input from Speech and Language either directly or indirectly.

 

We recognise the sensory needs of some of our pupils and place emphasis on strategies and specialist facilities to support sensory processing and activities to meet sensory needs. 

Sensory diets offer a balance of relaxation or stimulation. Intervention involves regular sensory activity breaks, sensory-based lessons, frequent choice making opportunities with sensory items, and opportunities for intensive interaction.

A range of different programs are offered to address difficulties with fine motor and gross motor skills.

 

We recognise that a variety of Interventions and strategies are required to help individuals manage their school day.

A visually structured environment provides boundaries and understanding of what is expected.

Behaviour has a function and can take many forms. It is important to be aware of what lies behind the behaviour.  Analysing behaviour allows the team to offer the correct intervention and support. Behaviour plans are used to ensure consistency with all those in contact with pupils. 

 

 

 

Types of Intervention

  • Intensive Interaction
  • Social Stories
  • Timetables, Now, Next cards
  • Use of switches
  • Eating skills
  • Social skills programmes
  • Photos and symbols
  • Imaginative play skills
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Choice boards
  • Play scripts
  • Working for cards and reward charts
  • Verbal Behaviour natural environment training
  • Emotions
  • 5P Approach to Behaviour
  • Makaton
  • Critical communication
  • Positive Handling (Team Teach)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Sensory Stories
  • Sleep counselling
  • I-Pads / I-pods
  • Interaction Games
  • Sherborne movement
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Sensory exploration activities
  • Assessment
  • Narrative work
  • Cause and Effect activities
  • Monitoring
  • Specific Speech and Language Work
 
  • Advice

 

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