Speech and Language

Hi our names are Nicola Blundell and Annie Mackenzie. We are Speech and Language Therapists who work with children at High Street Primary Academy on Thursdays and Fridays each week. We can work with children from nursery through to year 6 who need help with a wide range of needs, some of which include:

  • Saying the right speech sounds
  • Understanding instructions                                                                                              
  • Learning and remembering new words
  • Understanding and answering ‘wh’ questions such as ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘when questions
  • Attention and listening
  • Putting pictures in the right order to tell a story
  • Putting pictures into groups e.g. apples and crisps are types of food
  • Stammering

We can see children on their own, in small groups or sometimes we work with the whole class. Sometimes we will design a programme of work for your child to do and it will be done with them by the Teaching Assistant in their classroom.

We tell the teachers and the classroom staff what we are working on with your child so they can continue to practice what we are working on in class.  We work closely with all the different professional who may be working with your child e.g. Educational Psychologists. 

If you would like to chat to either of us, you can arrange a meeting by speaking to the class teacher or speaking to reception.

When your children start in the nursery you will be given a nursery natter pack with lots of ideas/games which will help their language skills. When children start in nursery they take part in a language screen. This screen has fun activities and lasts about 10-15 minutes which children enjoy doing.  Children who start in our foundation are also screened. This screen shows us if they need any help with their; speech sounds , following longer instructions, speaking in sentences,  putting pictures in the right order to tell a story, position words (e.g. under) and size words (e.g. small). They may need some help from myself 1:1 or they may need a little ‘boost’ of their skills in a group. We will write a letter to let you know if your child needs any help and ideas of games you can play at home to help them. The group activities are made by myself or Annie and the groups are run by classroom staff in nursery or foundation. When children move into foundation you will be given a Foundation Fun pack with the next stage of language games and ideas.

We sometimes run workshops for different age groups; if there is any workshop you would like me to run please let your child’s class teacher or reception know.

There are links to different websites which can give you more information about speech and language and some have ideas for games you can play with your children to help their speech and language.

http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/

http://www.ican.org.uk/

https://www.rcslt.org/

http://www.stammering.org/

http://www.autism.org.uk/

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