OFSTED have identified many strengths in the special educational needs and/or disabilities system. One area that Ofsted are placing an increased focus on is educational settings showing how external provisions and training can impact on a child’s development.
Approximately 1.4 million children in the UK have long term speech and language needs; Deniece Dyer’s Speech and Language service aims to show impact through using measurable well-researched and high-quality training and interventions to support individuals with communication needs.
Deniece provides a service which involves her attending educational settings for an agreed amount days per academic year; this could involve attending settings for full days, half days, a block of sessions or one visit. How this time is used can be directed by the educational setting themselves with some guidance from Deniece.
School packages could include:
- Providing well-structured screening tools for early identification of children with SLCN
- Carrying out initial assessments with advice for teaching staff and parents to carry out in school and at home
- Delivering individual therapy with the view of teaching staff carrying out work with children during the week
- With John Bercow’s report and the introductions of EHCP’s schools may find that delivering intervention and assessment for children with an EHCP is a target area for them
- Providing advice to support the EHCP process for children
- Secondary transition work
- Providing group interventions that work on specific areas e.g. attention/focus, developing vocabulary, building on sentence structure/narrative skills, supporting inferential comprehension
- Training staff to carry out intervention groups
- Training staff on specific topics such as speech and language development, indicators of a speech and language need, Language delay, language disorder, the importance of providing a communication friendly classroom, Autism. This may be carried out face- face or in small group sessions, via zoom or twilight sessions in small face-face groups
- Whole school initiatives that focus on specific areas such as emotional regulation, learning and literacy
- Deniece is happy to put together a package that suits educational settings individual needs and that is within a budget.
Deniece provides 3 levels of support; universal, targeted and specialist levels which are dependent on individual's needs.
This support looks at communication and language across whole classes or whole settings. This level includes training, communication audits, supporting teaching, providing support and advice for staff and screening programmes.
This level involves reviews, updating targets according to individual's current needs, observations of staff with feedback and language/communication programmes.
This level involves direct work with the speech and language therapist for assessment and intervention.
All Deniece requires is:
- Access to a fob in order to move around educational settings with ease
- Access to a computer and printer in order to print speech and language resources
- Access to a computer to create a speech and language shared folder on the drive with relevant speech and language resources.
- A quiet space for 1:1 and small group sessions to take place in school