Speech & Language Therapy (SLT)

Our Speech & language Therapist Amy Lettington is in the Centre 2 ½ days per week.  We also have a SLT assistant for half day per week.

What is SLT? 

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) offer specialist advice, assessment and intervention for children who have difficulties with any aspect of their communication, including:

 

• Talking
• Attention and listening
• Understanding
• Speech sounds
• Interacting

 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Community Health Speech and Language Therapy Service provides speech and language therapy to Lark Hall Centre. The Speech and Language Therapist works in partnership with staff at Lark Hall Centre to ensure integration of therapy aims into the daily curriculum.

In order to achieve this, the Speech and Language Therapist aims to:

  • Provide specialist assessment and intervention to enable pupil’s to communicate functionally across environments.
  • Jointly set and review annual aims and Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) aims with class teachers and parents
  • Liaise with school staff during assessment and transition periods, e.g. When your child starts at Lark Hall
  • Offer training to centre staff, including advice and skill sharing and on-site training. 


LEGO THERAPY

LEGO therapy provides a promising approach to improving social skills in children, especially those with ASD.  The children engage in collaborative LEGO brick building activities and other projects, tailored to their skill level. The team works together to assemble the project with an emphasis on verbal and non-verbal communication, task focus, collaborative problem-solving, sharing and turn-taking (switching roles during the task). 

PECS

PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is a communication aid which uses picture symbols to help support a children to use language to communicate. It was first developed as a communication aid for children with Autism and is widely used by pupil’s at Lark Hall Centre.

PECS is designed to teach children a way to communicate within a social context. It focuses on teaching functional communication skills such as asking for a desired activity or item (e.g. ‘I want a pen’). The goal of PECS is functional and spontaneous communication.

PECS begins with teaching the student to initiate with another person e.g. to exchange a picture of a preferred item with another person. Concepts used as size, colour, shape are also taught toprovide more detailed information.

 


Educational Psychologist (EP)

Dr Chantal Corbett provides our EP service which we buy in from the local education authority.

The educational psychologist is

How does the EP support?

  • Observing in classes and offering support and advice to class teachers
  • Offering initial surgery style consultation for new parents
  • Carrying out cognitive assessments to support with diagnosis
  • Providing training for staff
  • Providing training for parents

 

 Individual children can be referred for support from the EP