The ability to communicate effectively is a key skill, and the better we are at it, the better our quality of life.
We begin communicating from the moment we are born, As a child develops, it is important we nurture their communication skills so they are capable of expressing themselves, clearly and confidently, in all aspects and areas of their life.
At Highbury School we understand the importance of teaching communication skilss in a structured and targeted way as many of our childern experiences difficulties in one or more areas of their communication. Communication is crucial to their safety, emotional well-being, independence and learning.
We are allocated a day a week of a speech and language therapists time and this is provied by the NHS. As so many children at Highbury require intervention for their communication we employ a specialist teaching assistant whose role involves liaising with the speech and language therapist and working across school with childern and staff to ensure programmes are followed and impact is measured.
Our speech and language therapist is Sarah Archer and our specialist Teaching Assistant is Vicky Altham. Both can be contacted via the school office.
As we began to develop our communication skills offer we began to understand that in terms of development there are crucially other areas a child can experience difficulties in which impacts on their ability to access the world around them. The following diagram illustrates the hierarchy of learning skills and enabled us to ensure we are developing and teaching the right skills in the right order.
This understanding led to us knowing that alongside the acquisition of communication skills we need to be addressing difficulties that many of our children have with sensory processing and sensory integration.