SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY DEPARTMENT
Dear Parent / Carer
We are delighted to welcome your child back to school this year and would like to thank you for your support during lockdown. As a team we were encouraged by the phone calls we had with you and hope you also found this support useful.
In light of infection control measures and the bubble systems in place within the school, the way we deliver therapy will need to change. The speech and language therapy staff will be spending more of the day in the classroom supporting the children and staff. This means there will be much less withdrawal of children from the classroom for therapy. This way of working will allow us to support your child in a functional way by demonstrating strategies and working on activities within the classroom. We are looking forward to working closely with your child’s teacher and the assistants within the classrooms.
As well as working closely with the staff in school, we are also looking forward to working with you. We will be in touch with you to discuss your child’s progress and their communication needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.
For your reassurance, staff movement throughout the school will be kept to a minimum and appropriate PPE will be worn at all times.
Social story for returning to school
Many children are anxious about returning to school and Middletown Centre for Autism has shared some lovely resources to help with separation anxiety and COVID-19 specific anxieties. Check out the links below for further information.
Middletown Centre for Autism have shared some lovely resources for wearing masks. The first link is for a social story/colouring book to help explain why we are wearing masks. The second link shows tips on how to help with mask desensitisation. Click the links below for more information.
SLT video collab!
Cued Articulation signs - k
Cued Articulation sign - P
Cued Articulation Sign - L
Attention Bucket part two
Attention Bucket Part One
Cued Articulation Sign - f
Using PECS and visuals part two
Using PECS and visuals Part 1
Cued Articulation for speech sounds - ‘s’ Sammy snake
Attention Bucket Part 2
Attention Bucket Part 1
Hello parents and children,
We just wanted to drop a wee message to say ‘Hi’ and to tell you how much we are missing seeing you all. This is such a strange time for us all and we know many of you will be missing the structure of school, as are we! We are so delighted that staff have been sharing resources through their class sections which will be so supportive to your child’s understanding and communication. Please use the visuals shared in “Visual schedule symbols” which can help you with a structure for your day, for “First – Then”, for PECS if your child is a PECS user.
SLT staff throughout the Trust are updating links and resources on our Pinterest page frequently – CYPSLT. Please have a look at any resources marked with “Additional Needs” as they may be helpful for your child.
Most of us have been redeployed to other departments within the Trust during this time of school closures but we are all looking forward to seeing you when this is over.
Stay safe at home.
Bye for now
Alison Fleming, Zoe Brown, Ruth Hastings, Susan Campbell and Jade Henderson