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Speech and Language Therapy Special Schools Service

A Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) role is to help identify, assess and support speech, language, communication/interaction and swallowing needs of students.

SLTs aim is to enable students to:

  • Communicate to their full potential
  • Reduce risks around eating and drinking

What we offer

The Speech and Language Therapy Special Schools team cover the special schools in Greenwich, they run a 3 tiered service:

Universal service – All children need environments which support development of speech, language and communication skills. Universal services support the whole school population. This includes:

  • Supporting good practice in the classroom
  • Supporting educational target setting
  • Providing staff training
  • Implementing new initiatives to improve communication practice in the school
  • Inputting into school communication policies

Targeted service – Targeted services provide support to target a specific need for a particular class or group of students. This may include:

  • Setting up a therapy group e.g. Lego Therapy or social skills
  • Observing students in class and giving advice regarding student/s communication needs.
  • Modelling and demonstrating activities or strategies to staff

Specialist service – The support provided to students whose needs cannot be met by the above services.  This may apply to different young people at different times, and the service is responsive to their changing needs.   This service may be appropriate for students who have eating and drinking needs that require assessment, students who may require new Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems, or students who require a full language assessment.

This is the only level of the service that requires the young person to have an open referral to Speech and Language Therapy. 

How to see or contact the service

Students can easily be referred to Speech and Language Therapy by filling out the attached Integrated Therapies Referral Form. Please contact our Single Point of Access (SPA) team for further information on 020 8836 8621, option 2.

Integrated Neurodevelopment – IND

The Integrated Neurodevelopmental Team (INDT) is part of the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Children and Young People’s Directorate. The team provides a service dedicated to children who may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a service dedicated to children who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Please click on the link for further information Integrated Neurodevelopment – IND.

Further information

Use the links below to access recommended reading:

National Autistic Society – Transforming lives and changing attitudes

Charlton Park Academy– Preparing our students for an inspiring future

Communication Matters – Everyone has a right to a voice

Royal Borough of Greenwich – Local authority website

Willow Dene School – Seeing possibilities, realising dreams


Please note: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the content of external websites. The above links should not be understood to be an endorsements for those websites, the site owners, or their products/services.