Therapies at Gosden
At Gosden House, the provision of Therapies to support our children’s development is at the heart of our practice. Over the years we have developed close working relationships with all the therapists attached to the school and staff are experienced and expert in working alongside Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapists to assess needs, devise programmes and deliver them in an integrated manner into the daily provision for individual children. Where we have felt that we could further enhance provision at any time we have additionally funded therapy provision through employment of therapists, training of staff and also the employment of staff members to support this valuable area of our provision for children.
A message from our Speech and Language Therapy Team
The Therapy Team is made up of Laura Nevin, Jasmine August, Sarah Coughlan and Jacqui Watson. Laura, Jasmine and Sarah are Speech and Language Therapists, and Jacqui is a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. Below is some important information about how the service works at Gosden House and what you can expect:
Universal Support – At Gosden House your child’s speech, language and communication support is embedded into our curriculum and throughout the learning day to support all our students. For many children, this level of input is the right level for their particular age and development.
A range of strategies are in place across school to further develop speech, language and communication needs.
The Speech and Language Therapy team provide training to school staff as required and suggested by Senior Leadership. We also meet with each class teacher once a term to discuss any concerns and make suggestions of ways to support the children more effectively. We like to work in the classroom as much as possible rather than removing children from class, in order to ensure we can support them with accessing the curriculum and modelling strategies to teachers to use on an ongoing-basis. We can find that on joining the school and as they progress, their previous EHCP recommendations are no longer appropriate, and therefore we may look to make changes in order to provide your child with the best communication support whilst they’re at Gosden House. We will always discuss this with you and school staff before making any changes. Class Groups – Each class will receive two blocks of class group sessions across the academic year. These will be a block of six weekly sessions. During these groups, the children complete a range of activities targeted towards the needs of children within the class. Individual Sessions – Depending on your child’s EHCP, they may attend some individual sessions with a member of the Speech and Language Therapy team. Consent: If your child is new to the school, we need to ask for a new consent form to be completed. This will allow us to complete the input as specified in the EHCP. Please complete the form and give it to the school office who will be able to forward it to us. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or
concerns. We are also happy to provide ideas of ways that you can support your child’s communication skills to progress. If you would like this, please contact us using the above email address.
Laura, Jasmine, Sarah and Jacqui
Speech and Language Therapy Team
Other visiting therapies at Gosden are
- Occupational Therapy