Speech and Language
The role of a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) is to assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in all people of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. They may also work with people who have eating and swallowing difficulties.
At Icknield Primary School there are two speech and language therapists working within the Hearing Impaired Provision; Mrs Carolyn Fox and Miss Elen Wales. Mrs Fox also works within the mainstream.
The therapists at school help children who have the following:
· Difficulty producing and using speech
· Difficulty understanding language
· Difficulty using language appropriately
· A stammer
· Voice quality problems
Within the HIP, the speech and language therapist further help the children by:
· Providing them with auditory training to make sure they can access the full range of speech sounds needed o produce speech
· Working closely with support staff to support access to the curriculum
· Provide functional communication training so children can learn to take responsibility for their communication and learning
The SLTs work closely with the Teachers of the Deaf to jointly plan and carry out lessons within the provision.
Our speech and language therapists place a strong emphasis on joint working with parents/ teachers and other communication partners so that each child can reach their communication potential.