SLT for Kids provide services directly to secondary schools tailored to their specific needs. Schools have the freedom to seek out the specialist services that they require and SLT for Kids provide schools with a professional speech and language therapist who is able to dedicate their time solely to the school's needs, whether this is on a universal, targeted or specialist level.
SLT for Kids provides secondary schools with a consistently high quality speech and language therapy service. We are able to provide your school with:
- Immediate access to a broad range of speech and language therapy services that are flexible, consistent and competitively priced.
- A bespoke speech and language therapy that is tailored to each school's individual needs and each child’s or young person's individual needs.
- A scoping service at a whole school level to identify needs and effective ways of working.
- A holistic view of the school and the children or young people.
- Therapy to accommodate universal, targeted and specialist areas of need.
- Immediate access to a speech therapist that is able to dedicate their time solely to your school.
“All young people are entitled to an appropriate education, one that is appropriate to their needs and enables them to make a successful transition into adulthood”
Do you need our help?
The following questions can provide you with some guidance on whether you might need our help:
- I am having difficulty in identifying students with SLCN
- I don’t know how to create a communication friendly environment
- I don’t think I am communicating with the students effectively
- There are lots of students in my class with SLCN
- I think I need some training on communication disorders
What services do SLT for Kids provide in secondary schools?
Our dedicated speech and language therapists are able to provide speech and language therapy services tailored to the identified needs of your school. Our speech and language therapy services at SLT for Kids can be delivered on a universal, targeted and specialist level dependent on your requirements.
The universal level of speech and language therapy focuses on education and prevention of speech and language difficulties. Universal intervention will allow parents and teachers access to information allowing them to prevent or identify speech and language difficulties. This can be provided through:
- Advice, signposting and training to improve awareness and understanding.
- Training for the wider workforce and raising staff awareness and education into a variety of communication disorders.
- Indirect support for all children in a school.
- Promotion and development of communication friendly environments.
Targeted intervention will focus on specific training to develop awareness and the ability to support children and young people with specific speech, language and communication difficulties. Targeted speech and language intervention may include:
- Specific training courses including our accredited courses to provide school staff with the skills to identify, monitor and intervene with children and young person's speech, language and communication difficulties.
- Direct involvement of the speech and language therapist to assess and monitor children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties; intervention may then be carried out by parents or teachers with advice and support.
Our therapists at SLT for Kids are able to provide specialist intervention for those children on the school’s caseload with specialist identified need that may not be improved without the input of a speech and language therapist. The intervention will then be carried out alongside school or parent carryover support and may include:
- Specialist assessment and interventions.
- Tailored advice to support and monitor a child's progress with a specific speech, language and communication difficulty.
- Specialist training to support schools and families e.g. in the case of feeding difficulties or use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Specialist intervention in secondary schools will mainly look at targeting higher level language skills and social communication. We will help pupils to manage the different demands that are placed on them in secondary school.
What benefits can a speech and language therapy service provide to secondary schools?
Our speech and language therapy service at SLT for Kids can provide many benefits to your school. Your school will be assigned a speech and language therapist with time that they can dedicate solely to the school and the school’s needs. They will be available to offer advice and therapy on a universal, targeted and specialist level when needed. This can not only help improve individual children's and young people’s speech, language and communication but can help support SENCo’s in evidencing the impact of speech and language therapy.
We are also able to support the EHCP process and report writing and can offer a multidisciplinary view for any diagnoses for young people and children in your school.
Our speech and language therapy service can focus on identification and raising awareness of different speech, language and communication needs and how to support these across the whole school by general training of the workforce creating universal improvement. We are able to provide a focus on social, emotional and mental health needs and how these may affect speech and language and offer training on the different ways children may express themselves in these situations. Not only will the school have a dedicated speech and language therapist, but alongside this there will be no waiting lists for therapy and advice.
What benefits can speech and language therapy delivered within secondary schools bring to a child or young person?
All of those within the school will receive potential benefits from having a speech and language therapist work within their school. Whole school consultations will help the speech and language therapist to identify the area of need across the whole school so that they can provide advice on how to promote communication within the school environment.
Training of the workforce within a school will allow any young people that are having difficulty in communicating to be understood and identified. Continuous support can be provided from class teachers and teaching assistants with the help of a speech and language therapist, benefitting every young person.
Our speech and language therapists at SLT for Kids are able to identify all children that may need support so that no child goes unidentified. All children in the school can be supported by our speech and language therapists in terms of their speech, language and communication.