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Communication, speech, language and social communication needs

This can include difficulties with:

  • Understanding language
  • Using language
  • Understanding how to communicate socially with others
  • Conditions that include: specific language disorder, ASD, Asperger Syndrome, speech sound disorder and/or delay
  • Stammering

What can Birch Hill offer?

  • Dedicated, experienced and trained staff who are able to deliver a range of SALT (Speech and Language Therapy). In School programmes for both Key Stage 1 and 2.
  • Access to assessment and advice from the SALT service for those pupils with significant difficulties
  • Access to assessment and advice from the Autistic Spectrum and Social Communication (ASSC) Mainstream School Service
  • Autistic friendly classrooms: use of class visual timetables, clear rules with rewards and sanctions, a “calm area” to alleviate sensory overload
  • Preparation for change and transitions, using social stories, photographs and visits.

Targeted group support may include:

  • Small group sessions using SALT in School programmes; delivered by an experienced Teaching Assistant.
  • Access to class based teaching assistant support.
  • Access to SEN teaching assistant.

Targeted Individual support may include:

  • 1:1 sessions with SALT (if your child has an Education Health Care Plan - EHCP ).
  • 1:1 session with an experienced staff member delivering appropriate Language programmes .
  • 1:1 session for the delivery of a SALT programme (if your child has a EHCP)
  • 1:1 sessions with a focus on self-esteem; and mentoring with an experienced member of staff.
  • 1:1 consultation with a specialist teacher from the ASSC support team