If a need for Speech and Language Therapy is identified in a school by a therapist, mainstream schools then have an obligation to provide Speech and Language Therapy services for
children who have a statement of Special Educational Need and have Speech & Language Therapy identified in Part 3 of their statement.
Schools are able to provide Speech and Language Therapy services for children with special needs by either contracting to the National Health Service, or a qualifying Speech and Language Therapy practice.
London Speech Therapy can provide Speech and Language Therapy for schools
London Speech Therapy meets (and exceeds) the required standards necessary to provide contracted "in school" Speech and Language Therapy and currently provides integrated speech and language therapy to 14 mainstream schools; special schools and resource bases across London, Essex and South Wales.
We understand the tightening budgets of schools and therefore offer a flexible approach to purchasing high quality Speech & Language Therapy provision within a schools financial constraints.
Unlike some Speech and Language Therapy service providers the cost of our Speech and Language Therapy for schools is based only on the days the service is provided. They are also inclusive of the therapist's supervision and resources they require to fulfil their role.
Our therapists are Enhanced CRB checked, trained in Safeguarding Child Protection procedures and receive regular clinical supervision and continued professional development.
How our Speech and Language Therapists work in schools
London Speech Therapy advocates an integrated therapy approach; working on speech, language and communication in collaboration with teachers and learning support assistants.
In the school environment our Speech and Language Therapists work with pupils who have a range of Special Educational Needs. These pupils speech and language needs are likely to relate to some or all of the following:
- Understanding - understand spoken language including following instructions, understanding stories and the meaning of words.
- Expression - being able to use varied and appropriate vocabulary, put words together to make different sentences and learn and apply grammatical rules.
- Speech - ability to articulate different speech sounds, combine them in the correct order and produce clear intelligible speech.
- Pragmatics - the appropriate use of language, both verbal and non-verbal, in a range of different contexts with a range of different people.
- Fluency - being able to communicate without stammering or stuttering.
- Voice - the ability to maintain a good volume, pitch quality without prolonged hoarseness or voice loss.
Joined up thinking
Effective Speech & Language Therapy requires parents support their child's speech and language development at home. Our Speech & Language Therapists can provide activities/advice for follow
up work at home on request and/or arrange a joint session in school for parents.
Contact us to discuss your schools requirements