Speech Language Therapy is provided for ORS students who require specialist communication support or who have difficulties with eating or drinking. These students may need assistance in one or more of the following areas:
- Receptive language - their understanding of everyday language and concepts;
- Expressive language - how they express their thoughts and feelings;
- Some students may struggle with verbal communication and may need an alternative way to express themselves;
- Phonology and articulation - how the sounds in a language are produced;
- Social skills – the socially appropriate way of using language;
- Feeding or swallowing difficulties.
Communication goals are aimed at improving or maintaining functional communication for everyday living and social interaction. Goals are worked on in individual sessions, small groups, or strategies for classroom staff to use.
Because the therapist is on site, consultation with the student’s whole team occurs on an on-going basis.