SaLT and OT

Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)

The Speech and Language Therapy department assess, support and develop each pupil’s functional interaction, communication, speech and language skills, in association with their ABA programme and learning outcomes.

Speech and language therapy programmes may consist of targets in the following areas: Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Communication Interaction Receptive language (understanding) Expressive language (use) Phonology (speech) Dysfluency (stammering).

In additional training is offered to staff throughout the year and to parents via biannual coffee mornings.

Occupational therapy (OT)

The Occupational Therapy team at BeyondAutism Schools fulfil the therapy requirements prescribed in pupils’ Statement of Special Educational Needs or Educational Health Care Plan. This provision is also reviewed at the pupil’s Annual Review meeting and adjusted as appropriate.

Our OTs work as part of a multidisciplinary team with the ABA Supervisors and Tutors. They also work with the parents, Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals involved with the child.

Occupational Therapy programmes at the schools aim to develop pupils’ skills within the areas of Gross and Fine Motor Skills and Sensory Processing. OTs carry out informal and formal assessments to identify needs and set individual targets. Intervention then focuses on what the pupil wants and needs to do, whilst enhancing the pupil’s experience when interacting with their social and physical environment.