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Speech and Language Therapy (S&LT) at Ingfield Manor School

The Speech and Language Therapy team has an integral role in transdisciplinary practice at Ingfield Manor, providing a service across the age range of the school. We focus on Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN); and also, assessment and advice for Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (EDS). The priority in both strands of the work is skilled assessment and goal setting, so that advice and targets can be integrated into each learner’s holistic daily programme. Working in partnerships with families is a crucial aspect of the work of the department.

Speech, Language and Communication

Assessment of and interventions for communication skills may involve focus on receptive and expressive language skills; social communication; oral motor skills; and/or speech sound production. At Ingfield, we have developed specialism in the implementation of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) for learners who have difficulties in expressing their ideas with speech. This may include such strategies such as choice making with objects; gesture/sign language; communication books and boards; and high-tech communication aids. Our work in this area has been acknowledged over the years with various published resources, and contribution to the school’s Shine a Light Award (Pearson and The Communication Trust) in 2017.

Eating, Drinking and Swallowing

All children at Ingfield will be assessed and monitored by the Speech and Language Therapists in relation to safety and efficiency when eating and drinking. This is always in collaboration with the teams implementing daily routines. All children have detailed risk assessments and support plans to ensure that consistent best practice is maintained by all team members. This work is underpinned by a comprehensive staff training programme, and ongoing monitoring of standards.