Speech & Language Therapy

Who Are We?

At the Wyvern School we have our own full time Speech and Language Therapist, employed permanently by the school.

In addition to the school’s Speech and Language Therapist, the school has visits from the team of NHS Speech and Language Therapists employed by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and also the Kent Communication and Assistive Technology Service (KCAT)

Together we provide a team approach to supporting your child.

How will my child receive Speech and Language Therapy?

Your child may already be receiving therapy from their NHS Speech and Language Therapist. This may continue when your child starts school if they have specialist needs such as dysphagia ( eating and drinking difficulties) hearing impairment, alternative and augmentative communication or specific speech and language impairment.

The Wyvern Therapist and the NHS Therapists work closely together to support your child to reach their full communication potential.

What if my child is no longer seen by the NHS Speech and Language Therapists?

This means your child’s communication needs are supported through the expertise of the school staff at the Wyvern School including the Speech and Language Therapist, if they have continuing communication needs.

What do Speech and Language Therapists do?

Work with parents and teaching teams to maximise each child’s communication potential

Ensure each child has access to a communication friendly environment

Train and support staff to work effectively with individual student’s communication needs

Assess and create individual programmes to develop speech , language and communication skills

Support the teaching teams to work creatively to develop speech and language in the classroom

Work individually or in small groups with students

Participate in annual reviews

Work in partnership with health and education professionals

How can parents and carers help at home?

Most importantly talk to your child. Play games, take turns and listen. Model good communication using spoken language, communication books and communication aids.

It is important that home and school work together.

We are happy to help.

School Speech and Language Therapist:

Alison Paul

The Wyvern School

Great Chart Bypass

Ashford

TN23 4ER

Telephone : 01233 621468

NHS Speech and Language Therapy Team:

Sonia Sivyer

Speech and Language Therapy

The Rainbow Centre

The Great Chart Bypass

Ashford

TN23 4ER

Telephone: 03000420847