The Language Outreach Service provides a Specialist Speech and Language Therapy service to pupils with specific difficulties acquiring language and communication skills. The service is provided to pupils in mainstream primary schools, from Reception to Year 6.
Pupils whose needs are likely to be met by the Language Outreach Service are identified by the SENCo and community speech and language therapist. They are then put forward for Language Outreach Service moderation meetings which are held every 6 weeks during term time.
Children who are supported by the Language Outreach Service show a range of strengths in areas of thinking and development which do not require language but severe and complex difficulties with spoken language skills.
If a pupil is considered to have specific language difficulties, a speech and language therapist from the team will come into school and provide advice to the teaching team. Programmes and helpful strategies will be written and given to the school SENCo and school staff working with the pupil. Parents are also given a copy of the targets. Targets are reviewed in school and new targets written termly.
Each child is re-assessed at the end of the first year and the Language Outreach Service will make decisions with everyone involved. Further support may be offered or if the pupil has made progress specialist support may no longer be needed. In addition when everyone supporting the pupil understands what works best and understands the language strategies that help, we may recommend that Speech and Language Therapy is no longer required.