The Specialist Provision for children with speech, language and communication needs is based at Ashbrow School. We currently have six children based in KS2.
All children accessing the Specialist Provision are fully included in their mainstream classes within Ashbrow School. They receive support in class from our specialist team of teacher and Educational Teaching Assistants and also receive speech and language therapy advice from a Speech Therapist. Children may attend individual and/or small group speech therapy activities and the speech therapist works closely with our specialist staff, advising on targets for individual support plans. Programmes are available to support the development of gross and fine motor movement, concentration and attention.
Each child is considered as an individual and the support of the team planned into the classroom. Regular discussions are held with the class team to ensure the best support for the child.
KEEPING IN TOUCH – HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
We have a variety of ways of communicating with parents/carers, e.g., formal appointments, home visits and telephone contact. On a daily basis, we also use a home school diary to let parents/carers know what their child has been doing in school. We encourage parents/carers to use the diary to send us messages/news about their child and family. This helps us to understand information which children may offer about things that have happened at home and which they may find difficult to communicate.
Our Family SEN worker can also be contacted to provide advice and support.
Of course, we also make sure we are on hand for school events such as parents’ evenings, assemblies, concerts. Parents can speak to us by telephone or call in at any time.
MOVING ON - FUTURE PROVISION
When children leave us we plan carefully for the change of school. Wherever a child goes after leaving the Specialist Provision we make sure that this transition period is handled to meet the needs of the individual child. The child, parent/carer and the receiving school are well supported by the specialist team at Ashbrow School e.g. through supported visits to the new school for both child and parents/carers. In addition, as part of our transition arrangements, we offer support to the receiving school for the first half term after leaving Ashbrow School.
GETTING MORE INFORMATION
We provide leaflets for teachers and parents which give information about our provision. Further information about speech and language difficulties, can be obtained by contacting the national charity AFASIC, which also has a local group.
AFASIC – www.afasicengland.org.uk
Talking Point – www.talkingpoint.org.uk
The Communication Trust – www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk