Speech and Language Resource Bases
The Speech and Language Resource Bases within The Early Help Service is a specialist service that supports children with the most significant and specific speech and language needs:-
There are 88 places in 3 Language Resource Bases across the city.
- These are all hosted within mainstream schools
- The provisions cover Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 2
- All places are part time places with speech and language outreach support where appropriate.
Following a joint assessment (Community Paediatrician, Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist) the Speech and Language Co-ordinator receives the Language Resource Notification Form that has been signed by parents and professionals asking for a Language Resource placement. This form along with all of the latest reports and information on the child is then matched to appropriate support for each child and their family. This involves careful transition planning with parents and schools across the city.
The aim of all of the Language Resource Bases and Outreach Support is for staff from Liverpool City Council (LCC) and Speech and Language Therapsits from Alder Hey Hospital Trust to work in partnership with each other and with parents and schools to return pupils to their local mainstream school full time as quickly as possible. In order for pupils to reach their full potential, the goal is to support their speech and language needs so that their speech and language skills progress and develop in line with their other abilities.
The Speech and Language Pre-school and School Aged Teams provide a range of services across the city:-
- Support and advice to families of pre-school children with severe speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
- Ongoing speech and language assessment and therapy
- Provision of specific speech and language targets that are integrated into the curriculum
- Advice to schools, families and nurseries regarding the educational, social and emotional implications of severe speech and language needs
- Training and written advice to schools
- Collaborative Individual Support Plans
- Provision of daily small group and 1:1 support
- Support for parents in developing their child’s communication skills
- Liaison with other agencies (Educational Psychology, Community Paediatrician, Social Workers, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy etc.)
- Individual pupil support from Speech and Language Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and trained Educational Support Assistants
- Advice and support to Team Around the Child (TAC) and Team Around the School(TAS)
- Use of Signalong to facilitate the development of language
Language Resource Base Frequently asked Questions-
How would I know if my child needs a Language Resource Placement?
Your child would already be working with a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). Following assessment and some therapy the SLT would have discussed the severity of your child’s speech and language needs and/or the limited progress your child is making with clinic therapy. It will have been discussed with you that your child may need more intensive speech and language therapy in a small group.
What type of difficulties do children who attend a Language Resource have?
Children attending the Language Resource Bases may have difficulties with their speech sounds, their talking, their understanding of language or any combination of these.
What is Outreach Support?
In the current Early Years Language Resource Model there are 8 children supported at the base for 4 mornings per week for 12 weeks. The Team also support 16 other children in nurseries across the city. All 24 children will have an opportunity to attend the base if appropriate.
The teaching staff in the other Language Resource Bases at Matthew Arnold and Pleasant Street liaise with the child’s home school on Wednesdays in order to support their individual speech and language needs.
What about Transport?
Once a Language Resource place has been confirmed the Local Authority will provide transport for your child where appropriate. The transport has an escort and your child will be picked up and dropped off at an agreed address and given to yourself or an adult that you have identified.
What is the role of the Language Resource Teacher?
The language resource teacher is employed to teach a small class of pupils usually 8 pupils who are experiencing very significant speech and language needs. The pupils attend the Language Resource for 2 days per week and attend their mainstream school for the other 3 days.The Language Resource Teacher plans a focused curriculum from the National Curriculum for each child and the group. This includes each child’s individual speech and language targets integrated into every activity and lesson. This work will be planned in conjunction with the Speech and Language Therapist and may be completed in small groups or individually.
The teacher is usually an experienced teacher who has a particular interest in special educational needs and speech, language and communication needs.
It is the teacher’s responsibility to work with parents and other agencies to ensure that the child’s needs are being met and that the child makes maximum progress.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Christine Taylor
- Contact Position
- Speech and Language Coordinator
- 07540 707 541