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Speech and Language Therapy

Our speech and language therapy for children and young adults with learning disabilities (and other complex needs) provide bespoke total communication solutions which are devised for each student. This enables them to reach their full potential because often their individual strengths are assessed in order to create a plan that is specific to them. As a result, each child identified in need of this particular therapy, is nurtured with targeted speech and language therapy techniques to ensure that their communication skills are functional and effective.


Woodbridge Trust speech and language therapy provision includes:

  • Assessment of communication skills as well as eating and drinking skills

  • Implementation of programmes that target both expressive and receptive communication development. These targets are embedded within each child’s day to day offer

  • Students are empowered to be able to express themselves and participate in decision making using a range of alternative and augmentative (AAC) strategies. Our students are supported to develop skills through the use of specific low or high tech communication tools. These equip them with the vocabulary they require to express themselves in different scenarios, and to fully participate across their curriculum.


Our assistive technology with students with disabilities covers a range of strategies, including:

  • Bespoke communication boards created by staff in the trust to meet individual needs

  • Intensive interaction and sensory communication strategies

  • Objects of reference

  • Photos

  • Picture Exchange Communication System

  • Communication boards or books including PODD books

  • BSL, Sign a Long signing


Speech and language therapy provision from the Local authority also cover assessment and management of eating and drinking difficulties (Dysphagia) to make meal times safer and more enjoyable. Management of difficulties through techniques such as changes to the environment, provision and use of specialist equipment, changing the consistency of food and drink, and working alongside the local authority physiotherapist to achieve optimum posture.

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