Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech Language Therapist works to support students who have communication difficulties. They work collaboratively with classroom staff and family, whānau to support the students’ functional communication and integrate individualised programmes into the student’s day, supporting participation in classroom activities and accessing the curriculum.
The Speech Language Therapist will support students in a range of domains including; attention and listening, social skills, understanding of language, expressive language, speech sounds, oral motor development and phonological awareness/literacy skills. The Speech Language Therapist integrates augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) strategies such as the use of pictures/symbols, electronic devices and signing as additional support to students. They also work with students who present with eating and drinking difficulties. The Speech Language Therapist promotes positive interaction and supports classroom staff in ensuring safe eating and drinking practices.