These Resources are the
result of successful joint-working practice at St. Nicholas
School in Canterbury, Kent. The school caters for children
with Severe Learning Difficulties and has over 100 children
on roll. The development and teaching of communication skills
is considered to be an integral part of the whole school
curriculum and to this end the Speech and Language Therapy
department works very closely with the Teachers and Teaching
Assistants. For many years now, the communication objectives
of each student have been integrated into the overall learning
We have found that the
most effective way to ensure carry-over for the students’
communication skills is to ensure that all communication
objectives are incorporated into the topic of the term.
For example, a student’s main communication objective
may be to develop understanding and use of adjectives. So
we work on and encourage adjectives that relate to the topic
of the term, allowing more opportunities for reinforcement.
Parents are involved too. By sending home copies of the
term’s communication plans along with the Individual
Education Plan, children are encouraged to use new vocabulary
or strategies at home.