Speech & Language Therapy

 Speech & Language Therapy at Longdon Hall School is provided by

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. At Longdon Hall school, the goal of speech and language therapy is to improve all aspects of communication. This includes:

  • Attention and listening skills
    • Ability to attend for increasing lengths of time
  • Understanding of language – Receptive language
    • Being able to understand words and language, visual information within the environment, sounds and words, concepts such as size, shape, colours and time, grammar and written information
  • Use of language – Expressive language
    • The use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning and messages to others.
  • Memory skills
    • The ability to take in, retain and comprehend verbal instructions
  • Building and extending vocabulary
    • recognising similarities and differences between items, building semantic links to support the retention and retrieval of vocabulary.)
  • Social problem-solving skills
    • Being able to solve problems, make inferences and make predications
  • Conversational Skills
    • How to initiate, sustain and end conversations appropriately, topic maintenance, listener interest, turn taking, theory of mind – not presuming someone as prior knowledge of who or what you are talking about.
  • Feelings and Emotions
    • Understanding and expressing theirs and others feelings, developing empathy skills towards others and recognising less common more subtle feelings,
  • Friendship skills
    • How to make friends, keep friends, recognise when people may be taking advantage, how to deal with peer pressure, thinking about other people and resolving conflict
  • Diagnosis awareness and self-advocacy skills
    • An opportunity to discuss their strengths, difficulties, likes/dislikes, and strategies. In the hope that when they leave school, they have the self-advocacy skills to speak up for the reasonable accommodations they will need to be successful at college and workplaces in the future

 

Developmental Language Disorder

We also support those students with a diagnosis of Developmental Language Disorder, you can learn more about DLD here.