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Speech and Language Difficulties

What’s on offer for children with SEND at St Matthew’s?

Speech and language difficulties

Children may have problems with the speech sounds, the development of words they are able to use or the understanding of language. We commission a speech therapist, Miss Grumley, who works with our school every other week for a day. Children with speech and language difficulties may receive intervention in small groups with the class teacher or a teaching assistant to work towards targets. Alternatively, they may work three times a week with our teaching assistant responsible for speech and language intervention in school, Mrs Wilford. Some children, usually with more severe speech and language difficulties, are referred to the Bradford Speech and Language Service and children will be offered appointments to be seen in clinic.

If a child is on the SEN register for speech and language needs, they will have individualised targets. Staff members will then work with your child to help them reach these targets. Their progress will be reviewed regularly. Advice and support may be gained from external agencies like pediatricians and The Speech and Language Team.

Interventions that we offer for speech and language needs include:

Speech and language therapy

Delivered by Mrs Wilford under the direction of the speech and language therapist. Targets and sessions are individualised based on the child’s needs.

All Aboard

A social intervention in Reception that is used to promote language and communication skills.

WellComm (Stage 6-8)

The Wellcomm pack assesses current levels of speech and language then there is a programme for staff to follow to help children’s use and understanding of speech progress.