The School has a team of full-time and part-time Speech and Language Therapists who provide both individual and group opportunities for pupils to improve their spoken language, communication and listening skills.
Teaching programmes take into account the results of the work of Speech and Language Therapists, together with any advice they are able to offer teaching staff. Language support work is carried out co-operatively between teachers and Speech and Language Therapists. Pupils do not normally miss lessons to attend Speech and Language Therapy. They have their appointments at lunchtime or after school.
Mary Hare's Audiology Department is equipped with modern audiometric facilities enabling our resident Audiologists to monitor pupils' hearing on-site. Great stress is placed on the use of hearing, so all staff are trained in checking hearing aids and all systems ensuring any faults are dealt with immediately.
Our Audiologists work closely with the local hospital Audiology team and most of the Cochlear Implant teams around the UK. More than 50% of pupils are Cochlear implant users.
Earmould impressions are taken in school removing the need for time-wasting journeys to a clinic.
If additional special educational needs are identified over and above those associated with a child’s hearing impairment, the school’s co-ordinator for special educational needs will oversee additional support and where appropriate co-ordinate the work of a classroom assistant.
Effective access to the curriculum depends on appropriate technology and teaching methods being consistently applied by every member of the teaching staff.
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