Speech and Language Therapy
Our Speech & Language Therapists is Lynsey Gooch.
She is part of our Communication and Interaction team and is employed by the NHS and has particular responsibility for pupils who have been referred to them. This is called their caseload.
Lynsey attends all our team meetings, and meets with Chris Hoy, the Communication and Interaction team leader to review the caseload and plan for individual and group work.
Lynsey may also run in-service training for staff and will join us for training days.
We also employ Emma Cane, a freelance Speech and Language Therapist, one day a week for additional support.
THE CASELOAD OF THE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST
Most pupils are already on the caseload before they come to the school. They should be seen by the Speech & Language Therapist; in class, as part of a class, or individually, according to their statement.
When a pupil’s speech, language and communication needs are being fully met by classroom staff, they will be removed from the caseload. They can easily be referred again by parents or class teachers.
School staff can discuss pupils with the Speech & Language Therapist without an official referral. The other members of the Communication & Interaction team will work with pupils as agreed with the Speech & Language Therapist and with class teachers.
The Speech & Language Therapist writes one review annually for each child in the caseload and sets Aims & Objectives, again as agreed within team meetings and with class teachers.
The Aims & Objectives inform the pupils’ IEPs which are written by class teachers three times a year.
HOW DOES OUR SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST WORK IN SCHOOL?
She works closely with parents/carers, classroom staff and other professionals such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
She observes pupils in class, sees pupils for individual therapy, takes small groups and works within a whole class setting.
She shares her skills with staff on the Communication & Interaction team, class teachers and support staff. She does this by having staff working alongside her with pupils developing new strategies and ensuring that those strategies can continue in all situations.
She assesses pupils who are new referrals or who need Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs). She works with the Communication & Interaction team to manage Signing, PECS and VOCAs throughout the school.