Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapy at Dawn House School is delivered through a collaborative, curriculum-based model of therapy. This ensures that the pupil’s speech and language targets are embedded in their learning across a range of settings in the school.  Speech and language therapists and teachers plan lessons that meet two sets of targets: curriculum learning objectives and specific speech and/or language aims. Teachers and therapists work together in a range of ways both in and out of the classroom but the strength of their partnership is the joint planning, discussion, review and evaluation of lessons.  They use shared planning and recording based on the pupils’ individual education plan. This approach to therapy means that the pupils have better access to the curriculum and their ability to learn and generalise skills is maximised. The speech and language support for each pupil is matched to their linguistic, social and educational needs.

For pupils who need more specific focused work to develop their speech and language skills, individual or small group sessions are timetabled during the school day.

Our school makes use of Paget Gorman Signed Speech and Makaton to support children’s learning. Staff, children and parents are taught Paget Gorman Signed Speech. The use of symbols is encouraged to develop both spoken and written expression. The school also promotes the use of a range of voice output devices to support individual pupil’s communication as necessary.