If a parent is worried or if a teacher thinks that a child may have a language difficulty the teacher will complete a 'speech and language screen'.
This is a set of questions that identify what sort of difficulties the child is having. It is provided by the Speech and Language Therapy Service.
Once the areas of difficulty are identified, appropriate strategies for helping the child, such as using their name at the beginning of sentences or modelling back to them words they have said incorrectly, will be put in place. The strategies have been given to the school by the Speech and Language Therapy Service. Our specialist SEN Teaching Assistants, Mrs Cank and Ms Smith, may work with the child directly or advise the teacher about how to use these strategies.
After 3 months of trying the strategies, the child is assessed again, using the screen.
If the screen still shows that the child is having difficulties, a referral to the Speech and Language Therapy Service will be considered and parents will be consulted about this.
If parents agree to a referral, the teacher,SENDCo and parents will complete the referral form (called a SPA form) together and it will be sent off.
If the Speech and Language Therapy Service agree to take on the referral they will contact the parents directly and offer them a clinic appointment to assess the child. Parents take the child for their assessment. School is not involved at this point.
A note about stammering
If a child has a stammer we don't have to try the strategies and wait for 3 months before referring them to the Speech and Language Therapy Service, we can do so immediately.
What happens next?
When the Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) has assessed the child's difficulties she may suggest one of a number of options.
Whichever course of action is followed, the SALT will inform the school about what has been done and provide advice and resources so that it can be followed up in school.
How will I know how my child is getting on?
Parents will be offered regular opportunities to meet with class teachers, teaching assistants and/or the SENCO. These opportunities can take different forms. They may be:
Parents are always welcome to contact the SENCO, Mrs Newman Turner, at any time, to discuss their child's progress or the provision being made for their child.
Either phone the school office (2858518) to make an appointment or contact Mrs Newman Turner via this website by filling in the form below.