Therapy input for hearing impaired children

For the hearing impaired children specific input includes:

Speech and Language Therapy
A multi-disciplinary approach to developing the young people’s speech, language and communication skills is key to what we provide.

  • Integration of therapy and teaching approaches including team teaching
  • Specific teaching of grammar to support writing skills
  • Regular individual / small group therapeutic contact
  • Programmes such as SmiLE (strategies for measurable interaction in Live English) which is a specialist functional approach to practising communication skills with hearing people in different functional situations within the community.
  • Training regarding the purpose of specific SaLT programmes to ensure that they are implemented consistently.

Individualised programmes include an emphasis on:

  • Early communication skills
  • Functional communication
  • Receptive and expressive language development
  • Phonological awareness and cognition focussing on how speech sounds are made and used within words.
  • Listening and lip reading skills
  • Speech production and overall intelligibility
  • Social communication skills
  • Use of systems to support written language for example, colourful semantics
  • Shape coding which supports grammar and literacy development.

Occupational Therapy

This team specialises in ensuring our children can access the curriculum at the optimum level in order to develop independence, interaction, cognitive processing and functional skills.  They may consider the physical needs of the child due to a specific disability or difficulty such as cerebral palsy or dyspraxia. They might also advise class teams on maximising the child’s ability to learn considering their sensory processing needs and implement programmes to support children maintain their attention levels or any difficulties a child may experience with regard to developmental and/or physical learning challenges. Some children may require specialist equipment and furniture such as seating in order to encourage good posture, increase levels of alertness and thus engage in learning for more prolonged periods. Some children develop skills linked independent mobility and independence out in the local community.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy input is provided by both NHS and our own physiotherapists working into the integrated teams in order to maximise the physical abilities of children with any specific physical needs. Specialist programmes including hydrotherapy and rebound therapy are provided where appropriate.