St Mary's School and College is specialist school for children with speech, language and communication needs. We take a Total Communication approach to enabling our pupils to communicate.
The speech and language therapy team have a range of specialist qualifications, knowledge and experience in areas and approaches including: autistic spectrum disorders; verbal dyspraxia; hearing impairment; specific language impairment; Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC); talking mats; transition; software and apps; building language through Lego; social stories; social language use; dysfluency; and dysphagia. We also have specific experience of working with pupils with Worster Drought, Di George Syndrome, and Pathological Demand Avoidance.
St Mary’s advocates a Total Communication approach. This involves the use of a combination of verbal and non-verbal strategies to support expressive and receptive communication. A range of methods can be employed as part of a Total Communication approach, including: facial expression, gesture and pantomime; voice and speech; drawing and writing; signing (at St Mary’s all staff and pupils are taught Sign Supported English); low technology aids such as symbol books; high technology aids including tablets and speech apps.