Speech And Language Therapy
Communication is the foundation for all learning. As language and communication difficulties are integral to ASC all lessons have a communication/language focus. Within class staff use PEC’s (picture exchange communication) to support pupils who are pre-verbal or at the early stages of language acquisition. Attention autism sessions are built into lessons with the aim to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities.
The speech and language therapy service at The Pines school assist learners to develop their functional communication skills as well as develop their expressive and reciprocal communication. Pupils are assessed against the SCERTS (social communication, emotional regulation and transactional support) model. A communication profile is completed setting long and short term outcomes and identifies targeted interventions such as intensive interaction, sensory sentences and Lego therapy.
We currently employ a speech and language therapist 1 day a week and a speech and language therapy assistant 4.5 days a week so even if a child does not receive direct input from the therapist, programmes are devised and reviewed by the therapy team.