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Speech and Language Therapy at Phoenix SCHOOL


From left to right : Anna Geaves, Chloe Jackson, Catherine Jarvis, Rosie Ashworth, Sarah McKay, Christine Fleming, Kim Koczwara 



The phoenix SLT Team

Phoenix School currently has a total of seven Speech and Language Therapists who work across both school sites and in the satellite classrooms.  Phoenix directly employs four speech and language therapists on a full time basis and one Speech and Language Therapist on a part time basis.  Two of our Speech and Language Therapists are employed by the NHS.

Our team of Speech and Language Therapists work closely with class teams to support the communication of all children within the school.  We can support children to develop skills and overcome challenges in many areas, including:  play skills, understanding language, expressing themselves using words and/or symbols, social interaction and friendship. 

Phoenix School students may receive direct and/or indirect Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) input which is provided by our team of Speech and Language Therapists. As student’s needs change over time, our support may take a variety of different forms at different times.    Most frequently this includes offering consultation, advice and training to those who support the child at home or school.  The Speech and Language Therapy team support staff in creating an environment which facilitates the communication needs of all children on the Autistic Spectrum and ensuring that communication targets are integrated into all aspects of the school day.

On occasion students communication needs cannot be fully met through this model of joint working and students may receive direct intervention through group or individual work for a limited period of time, e.g. PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) groups, social skills groups, smiLE Therapy, Attention Autism and Musical interaction groups.

Phoenix school also employs a team of Speech and Language Therapy Teaching Assistants (SLTTA's), who have additional time and responsibility for supporting communication.  SLTTA's are based in the classroom and are given additional training from the SLT team as part of their on-going professional development.  SLTTA’s are confident and proactive in supporting teachers in meeting the language and communication needs of pupils in their group as well as providing effective support for their TA colleagues within the class team.


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