Speech & Language

St Joseph’s considers COMMUNICATION and SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT a priority.  It is, therefore, an important part of the whole waking day curriculum and as a result crosses all departments and key stages.

The Speech and Language Therapy Department aims to provide a specialist service to all students.

Each student is assessed on entry by a Speech and language Therapist.  A therapy programme is then put in place which can include individual one to one contact, small group therapy, class activities and work in the community.  Therapy aims are reviewed on a termly basis and monitored.

The Speech and Language Therapists liaise closely with teaching staff, care staff, families and other professionals and attend and contribute to EHCP and Annual Review meetings.

Our aim is to improve communication.  This includes not only verbal, but also non-verbal aspects of communication and social skills.

The Makaton signing system is part of our approach.  Staff and parents have opportunities for ongoing training in signing.  Makaton symbols are used to help and support pupils and students in their educational and social environment.