NHS Speech and Language Therapy

Who we are

A team of Speech and Language Therapists visit Shepherds Down. They are employed by the local NHS trust and work in primary and secondary special schools in Winchester and Andover. They oversee the NHS caseload for SaLT within the school.

How we work

The role of each therapist is to support the children’s functional communication skills. Throughout the school there is an emphasis on ‘communication’ and not just spoken language, where all forms of communication are valued and promoted. For example, body language, objects, photos, Makaton signs and symbols.

The therapists have responsibility for supporting teaching staff to use these communication systems in classroom lessons and activities, to enable each child to participate and learn to the best of their potential. They work in a variety of ways at the school. There is a focus on group therapy with the therapists running groups in the classrooms, in conjunction with teaching staff. This approach supports the children to work towards their targets within the familiar settings of their classrooms, whilst also allowing the therapists to demonstrate the use of communication systems / strategies to the teachers and learning support assistants.

The therapists provide regular communication training to school staff, and training is also given to parents when requested. The team includes Makaton regional tutors who regularly deliver Makaton training for both parents and professionals in the Winchester, Eastleigh and Andover areas.

For enquiries about the availability of Makaton courses, please enquire through the school, or alternatively contact the therapists via the details below.

Contacting us

The therapists have an office base at Shepherds Down School, with a direct dial number of 01962 717824. Messages can be left in a child’s home / school book, which is used daily by school staff and parents to share information.

Appointments can also be made with a therapist at parents evenings held by the school.