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Speech and Language Therapy

At Elms Bank we are committed to providing a supportive communication environment which encourages and promotes all methods of communication for our pupils to express themselves and to communicate effectively.  We are proud that within school we have pupils using signing, symbols, switches and digitised communication aids as their voice.  Please see our video of essential signs - these are the signs we have agreed are the most important for our staff and pupils to use.

Frances Davies is the Speech and Language Therapist for school.  Fran is employed by Pennine Care (NHS) and based in school full time.  Fran works over the whole year and therefore she can be available for home visits and meetings in the school holidays.

As a Speech Therapist, Fran works on the following areas:

  • Understanding and Use of Language
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems (AAC) e.g. Signing, Symbols, Communication books, Communication Aids, iPad apps for communication and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System).
  • Speech Sound Production
  • Social Use of Language (Pragmatics/Social Skills)
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)

Fran's role is to work with individual pupils but also to develop and support communication within the school as a whole. Fran is also trained to assess feeding and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).

All pupils at Elms Bank have access to speech therapy with Fran being based onsite. In order to provide the most effective input pupils are assigned into categories based on their level of need- universal, targeted or specialist.

 

                                                                        Speech Therapy: Categories of input

 

Specialist

Targeted

Universal

Annual Assessment

Annual Assessment

Re-assessment upon request

Access to total communication environment, supported by speech and language therapist

Access to total communication environment, supported by speech and language therapist

Access to total communication environment, supported by speech and language therapist

SaLT advice given to class and home on ad hoc basis

SaLT advice given to class and home on ad hoc basis

SaLT advice given to class and home on ad hoc basis

Advice and target written by SaLT in a PCS (pupil communication summary) Advice carried out by class staff and at home.

Advice and target written by SaLT in a PCS (pupil communication summary) Advice carried out by class staff and at home.

 

Reports

Reports

 

Meeting Attendance (upon request)

Meeting Attendance (upon request)

 

Liaison with other professionals

Liaison with other professionals

 

Programme written by SaLT and demonstrated. Carried out by class staff and at home.

Further assessment

 

 

1:1 sessions or specific group sessions with SaLT or trained staff member

 

 

Home visits and resources for home

 

 

Detailed communication profiles or passports developed

 

 

SPEECH THERAPY TRAINING

Fran can also provide training for parents, carers and professionals working with Elms Bank pupils.

Fran will be running the following training courses and sessions this academic year:

  • Introduction to signing
  • Communication resource making

Please get in touch with Fran if you are interested in these courses or would like to discuss any other training needs.

Fran is also a trained Signalong tutor and is able to offer accredited training on request.

 

CONTACT Please get in touch with Fran if you have any concerns about your child's communication skills or if they are having problems with eating and/or drinking. 

E-mail: davies.f@elmsbank.bury.sch.uk

Work Mobile: 07500 551 611

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RESOURCES

*essential sign sheets

*symbols for home routine

*week timeline

*now / next board

*Symbols for key ring

USEFUL LINKS

www.signalong.com – This is the signing system we use in school and across the speech therapy service in Bury.

www.acecentre.org .uk – Experts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) based in Oldham.

www.communicationmatters.org.uk - Lots of information about alternative communication methods (AAC- alternative and augmentative communication)

Timeline symbols for home.docx