For Schools

One child in ten…

…has speech and language difficulties.
That’s equivalent to three in every classroom

Communication is a life skill

Without communication skills, children may struggle to make friends, learn and to reach their full potential.

Research shows that when language difficulties are addressed early, students are more likely to go on to develop good reading and spelling skills.

This good performance continues throughout their school careers and they pass as many exams on leaving school as children without a history of speech, language and communication difficulties.


ICAN Paper; The Cost to the Nation of Children’s Poor Communication

Around 10% of children have long-term Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). However there is also a significant cohort of children (upwards of 50%) who have short-term,”transient” difficulties, which can resolve with the right support.

Ofsted Removing Barriers to Literacy 2011

Ofsted has highlighted SLCN as one of the main barriers to attainment in literacy.

SMALL TALK

Our services for schools

We provide support and intervention, for children with identified SLCN and for those who would not typically meet NHS criteria for intervention. We can address the full range of SLCN needs in a variety of ways:

Assessment and screening

• Whole class speech and language screening assessments
• 1:1 initial and reviews assessments

Therapy

• Delivery of the speech therapy input specified on an EHC Plan
• Group therapy sessions: for children with identified SLCN and those at risk of communication and literacy difficulties
• 1:1 therapy sessions
• Curriculum differentiation

Training

• Bespoke training to meet the needs of your staff and organisation
• Training for parents

Liaison

• Liaison with NHS therapists and parents
• Attendance at parents’ evenings

Packages

• Packages can be negotiated term by term.
• Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.