Great emphasis is placed on utilising the residual hearing that you have so it is important that we have effective systems for making sure your equipment is working properly.
Mary Hare has an Audiology Department equipped with modern audiometric facilities enabling resident audiologists, in liaison with Royal Berkshire Hospital staff, to monitor pupils' hearing capacities. Earmould impressions are taken in school preventing the need for time-wasting clinic journeys. Our Audiologists work with Cochlear Implant teams around the UK to support the needs of the students who have cochlear implants.
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 the Speech and Language Therapists together with any advice which they are able to offer teaching staff, and language support work is carried out co-operatively between them. Pupils do not normally miss lessons to attend Speech and Language Therapy. 6th formers are usually seen in a Study Period. Work is undertaken on an individual basis, usually in one 40-minute session per week although more can be arranged if required. Additional help can also be given with basic written English Grammar.
A high level of commitment is required, in that pupils will be expected to use what they learn in order to make a lasting improvement.
In the past, pupils have worked on such areas as:
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