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Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
Currently the academy employs 2 full-time Speech & Language Therapists (SALT) and a specialised Teaching Assistant who works with pupils in either small groups, individually or within the classroom. The NHfT do not work with pupils at Billing Brook and will discharge them form their service once admitted to the academy.
On entry to the school, if the Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) identifies the need for speech and language therapy, our therapists will work directly with pupils to assess individual needs. Communication targets are set and worked on throughout the school day. Intervention can take the form of one-to-one or paired sessions and social skills groups.
The academy is committed to using various communication approaches which are used during daily activities, which include: TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories, Communication in Print symbols and Makaton.
Our therapists work alongside staff in the classroom and individualise pupl programmes to optimise our communication environment.
Reports are written for annual reviews and at the end of the school year to inform parents about communication progress. Our therapists are available for parent meetings on request and work alongside other professionals involved with the pupil.