Communication is a vital skill; it is crucial for learning, play, friendships, and well-being. Throughout their school life children continue to develop and consolidate their speech, language and social communication skills. Our communication skills continue to develop into adulthood – we are always learning new vocabulary (possibly linked to new hobbies or interests) and our social skills will also continue developing as we meet new friends and socialise in new environments.
Some pupils will require additional support to help them access the curriculum and to develop their social skills. Advice and resources to support the following areas are available on our Communication Carousel.
- Attention and listening
- Building Sentences
- Play and Early Conversation
- Telling Stories
- Understanding Language
If you would like to check the progress of a child’s communication skills (aged 0-11 years), you can use the Progress Checker on the Talking Point website. Once you have done this, you can come back to our website and look at activities for the suggested areas using our carousel.
Information and advice for schools and parents areas that Speech and Language Therapists are commonly involved can be found here.
School Advice Sessions
School advice sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist can now be accessed remotely. The sessions offer access to advice in order to enable school staff to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs within the education setting. The therapist will advise you on how to write their advice directly into the child or young person’s SEND support plan.
What you can expect:
- To tailor the advice to individual named children parental/ carer consent is needed prior to setting requesting a session. Anonymous sessions will be given where parent/carer consent has not been given.
- Each session lasts up to 45 minutes and can be accessed via Microsoft Teams
To request a session please email us the completed school advice request form which can be found below. Please email your request for an advice session with the completed document to Bucfirstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘SALT School Advice Session’ in the email subject line. Once this document has been received an advice session will be scheduled with you. Sessions will be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.