On Tuesday and Wednesday every week the Resource Base children access interventions from Olivia Blockey our Speech and Language Therapist.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) at Athelney
Speech and Language Therapists are health care professionals who work with children and young people to help them to communicate to the best of their ability.
I work as part of the Resource Base Team at Athelney school to support children with their understanding and use of language, their confidence, social communication, speech sounds and emotional regulation. We work together to help the children develop understanding and communication with those around them.
Children at Athelney use a variety of methods to enable them to develop maximum understanding and communicate with those around them. This includes using objects, photographs, symbols and talking. Some children use specialised equipment such as a communication books or voice output communication aids.
Some SALTS work with children who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties to help them to be safe whilst eating & drinking.
The Speech and Language Therapists based at Athelney School are part of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust.
What do we do?
Communication happens all the time, so speech and language supports are embedded into learning and play at Athelney. I work with the Athelney staff to support children to be calm and ready to learn by making activities motivating and fun, supporting children’s emotional regulation and helping them to join in by adapting our communication style to ensure they understand.
Sometimes this includes direct work within a group or individual setting or in the classroom to develop & generalise specific skills.
Some of the supports we focused on last year included
- Social skills
- Developing curriculum-based vocabulary
- Understanding instructions
- Making grammatical sentences
- Promoting independence
- Emotional regulation strategies
- Developing self-esteem