Pocklington C.E. Infant School

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Speech and Language

Speech, language and communication play a vital role in our lives to be able to communicate with and understand others.  Approximately 1 in 10 children in the UK have some difficulty with speech, language and communication.  This can make it more difficult for them to learn at school.

 If you suspect your child has speech, language or communication difficulties see your general practitioner (GP) or self-refer through the links below.  Let the school know if you suspect your child has speech, language or communication or has seen a Speech and Language Therapist by speaking to your child’s teacher or contacting us.

 To find out more about speech and language difficulties for children, a range of resources are available at Talking Point which includes a progress checker to compare speech, language and communication at different ages.

 The Integrated Paediatric Therapy Service at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust offers Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy for children, young people and their families who live, or go to school, in Hull or the East Riding of Yorkshire. Their service provides a range of assessments and therapeutic interventions which can impact upon educational outcomes. 

 If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language, they can be contacted on 01482 617922.  For more information click here

What support is available in school for my child if they have speech, language and communication difficulties?

The school works closely with the speech and language therapists (SALT), in addition the school offers additional intervention and support including Talk Boost.

Talk Boost KS1 is a language intervention for 4-7 year olds, delivered by a trained teaching assistant 3 times per week for 10 weeks, with linked whole class activities. It boosts the language and communication skills of children who have not had the opportunity to develop their language skills either through lack of good language models in their early years or because they are learning English for the first time.