Many children at Bensham Manor School have Speech, Language and/or Communication needs (SLCNs). These needs may be as a result of, or in addition to a learning difficulty or autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis. Bensham Manor recognises the importance of supporting the SLCNs of the students in the school and the Speech and Language Therapy team work with staff and students to this end.
What is Speech and Language Therapy?
“Speech and language therapy provides life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing” (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists). At Bensham Manor the Speech and Language Therapy team work with students who have been referred to the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service and may focus on difficulties within the following areas:
- mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- physical disabilities
- language delay
- specific language impairment
- specific difficulties in producing sounds
- hearing impairment
- cleft palate
- autism/social interaction difficulties
- voice disorders
- selective mutism
We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other professionals (for example, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists as required).
The Team at Bensham Manor School
Lucy Pereira – School Speech and Language Therapist (Full time)
Siza Palmer – NHS Speech and Language Therapist (1 day per week – Thursday)
Sarah Christy – NHS Speech and Language Therapy Assistant (Thursday (full day) Wednesday (Half day))
Elaine Eaton – Teaching Assistant running SALT groups (2 days per week)
What We Do
We assess the children’s strengths and needs in relation to their speech, language and communication skills using a combination of formal and informal assessment methods. Following an assessment, all children receive a report, which includes several recommended goals which can be incorporated into their Individual Education Plans.
At Bensham Manor the Speech and Language Therapy team will provide intervention through either direct 1:1/group therapy, indirect class-based support and/or social skills groups. Following a direct block of therapy all children will receive a summary report outlining their progress during the block. The Speech and Language Therapy team also support students in their transition to other provisions and are available to give advice to parents and/or teaching staff as and when required.
We believe that real progress in each child’s communication skills comes from truly working as a team around the child. The Speech and Language Therapy team is therefore committed to training other people who are in regular contact with the children.
The Speech and Language Therapy team provide:
– Speech and Language Therapy in-service training sessions for all class staff.
– Specific training courses for selected class staff e.g. Elklan.
– Access to Speech and Language Therapy advice and training for parents/carers
Referring to Speech and Language Therapy
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s communication please contact the School Speech and Language Therapist on the main school telephone number who will be able to provide more information regarding the Speech and Language Therapy referral process.