Speech and Language Therapy
Villa Real is working towards Communication Friendly Award and use the following approaches: speech, use of ICT, use of Tassels, use of switches, ELKLAN processes, symbols, photographs, objects of reference and signing. The Communication team and ELKLAN champion work closely to provide training opportunities for staff, monitor students’ progress and implement new speech and language programmes supported by a Speech and Language therapist employed by the school.
Their aims are to develop the pupils’ non-verbal and verbal communication abilities as well as social interaction, attention and understanding. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used very successfully in all curriculum areas to support those pupils with limited or no verbal language. Makaton is also used widely throughout the school which eliminates the pressures some students may find when trying to communicate verbally by using simple hand movements.