Speech and Language Therapy
A brief look at the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association Inc (NZSTA) Te Kãhui Kaiwhakatikatika Reo Kõrero o Aotearoa will show anyone the breadth of work our Speech-language Therapist does here at school. They cite the following areas of key work with children:
Speech difficulties or delays
Receptive language (language understanding) difficulties or delays
Expressive language (language use) difficulties or delays
Specific speech disorders (typically Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech, or speech difficulties associated with Hearing Impairment)
Complex needs (e.g. children with Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy)
Social communication difficulties (such as those associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
and throughout our school individuals and groups will have programmes developed by Liesl Pellissier, our SLT, which reflect these needs. Working alongside students, class teams, and family/whanau, Liesl helps to refine and develop programmes, access students to effective assistive and augmentative communication aids and this opens up a whole new range of learning and social opportunities.
At the heart of all of our communication programmes is a desire to develop a Total Communication environment for our students. This is reflected in the integration of sign, visuals aids, te Reo and a wide array of technologies to support verbal communications both in and out of class. In doing this we ensure every child has not just a voice but also an ear, ie they can understand what is said to them and respond in a way that is understood by their communication partner, be that a friend, a staff member of parent.