The Speech and Language Therapy Team works collaboratively with teaching staff and parents. Milestone Academy has a communication policy which ensures that it is everybody’s responsibility to meet the speech, language and communication needs of the children. Speech and Language Therapy is fully integrated into the curriculum. The school aims to:
support understanding of spoken language
support and develop communication to the best of individual children’s abilities
enable all children to develop functional communication skills for life
Speech and language therapy intervention may involve both direct and indirect therapy. This includes working in the classroom and helping teaching staff to create an optimal communication environment that promotes and encourages functional communication. Speech and language therapy is able to make visual support and communication resources for use at home. Parents are encouraged to contact the team to discuss what is needed.
Speech and language therapy is involved in…
The Behaviour Support Group – a multi-agency programme helping parents to manage behaviour at home.
The Feeding Team – multi-disciplinary working to ensure safe eating and drinking.
User’s Views – pupils, parents and staff working together to influence speech and language therapy provision in school
EarlyBird – a National Autistic Society Parent Programme.
Training staff in understanding and supporting speech, language and communication difficulties is a high priority for the academy. The following training is provided:
Induction for new staff
Language Acquisition and Development
Supporting children with autistic spectrum disorder
Communication with children with severe, profound and complex difficulties
Total Communication and Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Communication across the day
Eating and drinking difficulties
Communicate in Print
Further information about speech, language and communication difficulties can be found here: