Therapy rooms are attached to classrooms so that children can be withdrawn for individual or group work. Therapists also support pupils in specific lessons and through small groups. Therapists are closely involved in lesson planning, particularly in language related teaching (e.g. literacy).
Therapists develop children’s functional communication, enabling them to access the curriculum and giving each child a sense of themselves as a successful communicator.
Computer programmes are used where appropriate and communication aids provided for those who benefit. The school has a dedicated specialist speech and language therapist supporting pupils with high level Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) needs. For more information about AAC use at Meath School, please visit this blog
Therapists provide a rich source of knowledge about speech, language and communication difficulties across the school and support all staff in ensuring a tailored language environment, where spoken language is modified according to pupils’ comprehension levels.
The school is a signing environment and Paget Gorman Signed Speech is learned by all staff and pupils – this relates well to literacy for our learners. All forms of communication are celebrated and encouraged for our pupils.