The Special Needs Team is part of the Speech and Language Therapy Service and is responsible for providing a service to preschool children with complex needs (Child Development Centre/Redgrave Gardens) and to children who have identified speech, language and communication needs and /or eating or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) as part of their Education, Health and Care Plan who attend mainstream and special schools.
We will provide information and advice to enable key adults to:
- understand the language/communication difficulty and/or swallowing difficulty
- gain skills to support the child at home and within the educational setting (preschools/schools).
We may provide individual sessions and/or group sessions to help develop specific skills and to review progress.
We aim to work collaboratively with parents and other professionals; and to agree a care plan which reflects identified targets to support development/management of the child’s speech, language and communication skills and/or eating and swallowing skills as appropriate.