What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?
The Communication Team offers advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools across Pembrokeshire for children and young adults aged 3-19 years with speech, language and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).
Within the Communication Team there are advisory teachers, speech and language therapists and support workers who specialise either in speech and language difficulties or ASC behaviours.
Every mainstream school has a named speech and language therapist (SLT) and may be further supported by advisory teachers, speech and language therapy assistants (SALTAs), ASC support workers and specialist speech and language therapists. There is an SLT for secondary schools who provides training, assessment and advice, and advisory teachers offer advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools on materials and ways they can support pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties including ASC within the mainstream curriculum.
The introduction of the Team Around the Parent Pupil and School (TAPPAS) will provide the opportunity for schools and Specialist Teams to meet every half term. The forum provides solution focused drop in sessions for schools to seek advice in relation to any specific issues for supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Parent drop in sessions are also being developed for parents who would like specific advice on ways to support their child or have any concerns in relation to their education.
How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?
Referrals are made through the child's school in discussion with the Headteacher, Head of Year or Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCO).
Claire Bullock, Advisory Teacher - Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)