Intensive Speech and Language Environment at Green Street Green Speech and Language classes
Welcome to Green Street Green Speech and Language Disorder Classes
Who are we?
We are one of two Specialist Speech and Language provisions in Bromley, for children who have Speech and Language Disorder. The other is located at Raglan Primary School. Bromley Healthcare provide the Speech and Language Therapy team who work closely with the teachers, specialist support assistants and other relevant professionals. London Borough of Bromley Education department provide the teachers and specialist support assistants.
Which children attend the classes?
A Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and an Educational Psychologist identify which children need this provision. Bromley LEA, Special Needs Department, allocate the places.
Children must have a statement of Special Educational Needs, identifying speech and language disorder as their primary need, before being offered a place at Green Street Green or Raglan School. Children come from settings all over the borough and usually transport is provided by the local authority.
What is Language Disorder?
Language Disorder is an ‘umbrella’ term covering all conditions in which language skills are significantly different from other areas of development.
Disorder’ means atypical development rather than delay which means development follows a typical pattern, but slower.
Speech refers to pronunciation of sounds and clarity of speech.
Language refers to verbal understanding and spoken language
(i.e. sentences, vocabulary, conversation, grammar).
Children with a speech and/or language disorder who attend the provision will have:
Typically the children may have difficulty with many, or all, of the following aspects:
· Listening and paying attention
· Understanding instructions with lots of information
· Understanding questions
· Finding words they want to use
· Putting their ideas into sentences
· Responding quickly to their peers and adults
· Making friendships with other children
· Understanding the world around them
· Understanding abstract ideas
· Speech sounds
· Making themselves understood
Children at the Speech and Language Classes receive an intensive level of Speech and Language Therapy, which is achieved through:
Colour and shape coding, Makaton, Writing with Symbols
We aim to provide an exciting, multi-sensory, language rich environment where children can experience the curriculum through a range of different practical activities. We use a ‘topic-based’ approach to many subject areas to enhance this.
We offer small group, specialist teaching and intensive speech and language therapy, to children who have Speech and Language Disorder and whose access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including the National Curriculum, is restricted by the impairment. Our aim is to enable our pupils to return to a mainstream school through early specialist intervention.
A skilled team of professionals, Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers and Specialist Support Assistants, work with the children every day to encourage their communication skills, confidence and self-esteem, which is often severely affected by the disorder.
The team work collaboratively with the children so that each child benefits from a range of different teaching styles and approaches to the curriculum. Children will be taught by all members of staff at some stage during each week.
This is a vitally important aspect of the provision. Every child, and his/her parent, is encouraged to feel part of the Green Street Green school community.
Inclusion is a very important element of a child’s development. We work in partnership with the mainstream school. There are many opportunities for all the children to be included with their year group mainstream class. On entry to the Speech and Language Classrooms every child is included in all the social aspects of school, including playtimes, assemblies and special events. All children are included for PE and games, usually without support to increase their independence. When we identify subjects the child enjoys and can manage confidently, he/she is included in mainstream lessons with support from a member of the SLC team. This is discussed with parents at Open Evenings, IEP meetings and Annual Reviews.
In the Speech and Language classes a range of additional strategies are used to support the children, including Makaton, colour coding and an ICT word processing programme ‘Writing With Symbols.’
We recognise the importance of working together with parents to gain a deeper understanding of each individual child’s needs. We provide regular opportunities, both formal and informal, for parents and staff to meet. Parents are informed of events and diary dates via a half-termly newsletter, ‘Small Talk’.
We encourage daily use of contact books we are pleased to receive comments from parents and also to inform us of any changes to the child’s normal routine. We also appreciate a brief summary of weekend events to assist the diary writing on Monday mornings.
We use these books to communicate all non-confidential information to parents when necessary.
All children have an Individualised Learning Plan set and revised a minimum of twice a year, which is designed jointly between teachers, speech and language therapists and parents. These detail the child’s learning goals for a set period of time. Parents play an active role in supporting this plan through working and playing games with the child at home.
We welcome parents along to participate in their child’s individual speech and language therapy sessions. Children may be asked to do some specific speech and language therapy work in addition to school homework.