Speech & Language Therapy

Speech & Language Therapy at Hedgewood

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service at Hedgewood School is provided by Symbol UK.

We endeavour to maximize each child’s individual communication potential as identified on their individual Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Children seen by the service are likely to have needs relating to:
  • Language development affecting understanding and/or expression
  • Speech production
  • Social and communication skills
  • Augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) e.g. signing, symbols and communication aids
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing

The philosophy of the Hedgewood SLT service is to work in collaboration with parents, teachers and other colleagues e.g. Occupational Therapists, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in order to develop communication targets which will allow each individual child to have maximum levels of access to the curriculum.

Input is delivered in a variety of ways, including:
  • Assessment and review
  • Specific target setting
  • Advice and recommendation
  • Class-based intervention and support
  • Blocks of individual and group therapy
  • Provision of reports for annual reviews
  • Home-school liaison as needed and on request
  • Support, information and training for school staff and parents on a range of topics, as requested

Approaches used at Hedgewood School

Hedgewood School is a Total Communication environment. The aim of this is to ensure that all pupils with communication needs have a consistent and coherent approach to meeting their needs across the school. Below are some examples of how communication is supported throughout the school.

Symbols

Pictorial representations of a spoken or written word. Hedgewood School has its own symbol set made up of colour and black and white symbols which are used throughout the school.

Visual Timetables

Pictorial/photographic/symbolic representation of the order of the school day. Each class has a large timetable running from left to right or top to bottom. Some pupils will require individual timetables or schedules referring to daily events or activity sequences.

Speech & Language Therapy at Hedgewood

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service at Hedgewood School is provided by Symbol UK.

We endeavour to maximize each child’s individual communication potential as identified on their individual Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Children seen by the service are likely to have needs relating to:
  • Language development affecting understanding and/or expression
  • Speech production
  • Social and communication skills
  • Augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) e.g. signing, symbols and communication aids
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing

The philosophy of the Hedgewood SLT service is to work in collaboration with parents, teachers and other colleagues e.g. Occupational Therapists, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in order to develop communication targets which will allow each individual child to have maximum levels of access to the curriculum.

Input is delivered in a variety of ways, including:
  • Assessment and review
  • Specific target setting
  • Advice and recommendation
  • Class-based intervention and support
  • Blocks of individual and group therapy
  • Provision of reports for annual reviews
  • Home-school liaison as needed and on request
  • Support, information and training for school staff and parents on a range of topics, as requested

Approaches used at Hedgewood School

Hedgewood School is a Total Communication environment. The aim of this is to ensure that all pupils with communication needs have a consistent and coherent approach to meeting their needs across the school. Below are some examples of how communication is supported throughout the school.

Symbols

Pictorial representations of a spoken or written word. Hedgewood School has its own symbol set made up of colour and black and white symbols which are used throughout the school.

Visual Timetables

Pictorial/photographic/symbolic representation of the order of the school day. Each class has a large timetable running from left to right or top to bottom. Some pupils will require individual timetables or schedules referring to daily events or activity sequences.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Hedgewood School please do not hesitate in contacting us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org

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