“Residential students’ dignity and privacy is protected at all times. A comprehensive range of risk assessments relating to individual students, the site and activities keep residential students safe”.
At WHS the SaLTs have a unique way of working that ensures that individual therapists get to observe and work with the children on their caseload in a wide range of settings – in addition to and beyond the school context. In short, wherever they go, we go too!
Evening Sessions in the Residence
SaLTs work with all residential children and their carers, to promote language, communication and social interaction skills. Evening sessions have a huge emphasis on fun, social experiences! These sessions have the added benefit of allowing the SaLT to observe the young person away from the school context, as well as creating a valuable opportunity to ensure that consistency is maintained across the day and evening settings.
SaLTs accompany children and young people/students in the community (educational & residential visits, shopping, cafes, work experience placements, etc) which contributes to ongoing assessment and remediation of individual functional communication ability; as well as providing an excellent opportunity to develop and generalise specific language and social/life skills.
For those children and young people/students who are included in mainstream school activities, SaLTs work closely with the host school to ensure that staff and children and young people have an understanding of ASD and the associated communication and social difficulties and are advised on how best they can help. Individual students/children and young people are prepared for inclusion experiences during SaLT sessions which include ‘how to join in and make friends’ etc. Progress on such placements is monitored closely throughout the year and intervention is tailored accordingly.
Residential Educational Visits
SaLTs often accompany students and staff from the Transition department and the F.E provision on residential educational visits. The benefits include the opportunity for ongoing observation, assessment and remediation of individual functional communication ability; as well as providing an excellent opportunity to develop and generalise specific language and social/life skills.
All families are offered at least one home visit per year at a time that is mutually convenient (includes term time, school holidays and some evenings), giving the SaLT the opportunity to observe the child in the home setting, share information, report on progress and to offer help and support.