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Speech and Language Support


At Riverview Infant School we believe that by focussing on communication skills across the school we are able to identify and meet the needs of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).  We know that a greater understanding and emphasis on communication in the classroom and school can have a positive impact on pupils with Special Educational Needs as well as SLCN.  We are aware that limited communication difficulties with speaking and listening can be a huge barrier to a child’s learning.


We buy in a Speech and Language Therapist for one morning a week to support pupils.  We have trained a number of teaching assistants who work closely with the Senco and class teachers to identify any children with speech and language difficulties and screen children using the Speech Link and Language Link programs.


Speech Link and Language Link are assessment tools specifically designed to identify speech and language needs across our school.


Children’s comprehension skills (understanding spoken language of others), expressive skills (ability to talk fluently) and speech (articulation—sounds we make saying words). Our Sen TA team then works with small groups of individuals in implementing  interventions to support children development in these areas.


We work with the Local Authority Speech and Language Therapists implementing strategies recommended.


We have introduced all children to Makaton and use this throughout the school for example in assemblies and to support communication skills.