Communication is fundamental to learning and living. Our Speech and Language therapists work with students to improve their speech, language, social/interaction skills, fluency and eating and drinking management.
Our department has a range of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) options for children who require additional support to supplement and improve their communication abilities. We work closely with teachers and other therapy team members to ensure joint planning and goal-setting in a child-centred approach.
You can find more information here: JCSRS AAC Help Centre.
We work with teaching and other educational staff to provide guidance, training and team-teaching. We see students for therapy in whole-class, small group and individual therapy sessions to work on their communication goals.
The philosophy in our school is one of total communication, whereby any and all communication is encouraged and respected. This involves promoting speech, vocalisations, sign language/Makaton, pictures, communication systems and facial expressions in order to support our students to communicate in any way they can, promoting self-esteem and independence.