The Speech and Language Therapy service at Chiltern Gate works to provide a positive communication environment across the school and to improve and support pupils’ individual oral-motor, speech, language, communication and eating and drinking skills.

The Service is provided by Symbol UK Ltd, a not for profit organisation which provides specialist speech and language therapy services.   The speech therapist is based in school three days a week, with two full-time speech therapy assistants.

Our role includes:

–          Assessment of pupils and the school communication environment.

–          Individual and group treatment

–          Class-based intervention

–          Reporting

–          Participating in the Annual Review and Statementing processes

–          Collaborative education planning

–          Support and training for school staff and parents

As part of a whole school initiative classes benefit from a weekly session focusing on developing attention skills (called ‘Bucket’ sessions), providing an opportunity to work on listening skills, focus of attention to adult-based activities and turn-taking skills.

Pupils are also supported in school to use a variety of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems, using signs, symbols, picture-exchange, reading, writing and high-tech devices to enhance pupil’s access to communication, and to develop their individual skills.