Our Areas of Work - Oral Language Supports
2 Senior Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) deliver the Oral Language Strand of Family Matters ABC. The therapists currently work across the following settings:
|Early Learning and Care Settings||Primary Schools|
|Woodlands Creche||St. Raphaels NS|
|St. Michaels Preschool||St. Michaels NS|
|St. Gabriels Preschool||St. Gabriels NS|
|St. Vincents ECDS||St. Louises NS|
|Realt Beag, Ballyfermot Star||Mary Queen of Angels 1 NS|
|Cherry Orchard Childcare||Mary Queen of Angels 2 NS|
|Familbase Creche||St. Ultans NS|
|St. Ultans Preschool|
|St. Louise’s Early Start|
|Mary Queen of Angels Early Start|
Speech and Language Support from Early Years to Second Class
Support is offered to children at risk of speech and language delay in Early Learning and Care Settings and, children in Junior Infants up to Second Class.
Teachers and early year’s educators are trained in using screeners to identify children who may require Speech and Language Therapy. Junior Infants children in Ballyfermot are screened in the first quarter of the academic year. If a child shows speech or language difficulties, the school makes onward referrals to Speech and Language Therapy Services.
Each primary school in Ballyfermot has one or more Communication Champions. A Communication Champion is someone who supports school staff to identify and support children with communication needs. They look for new ideas to develop children’s oral language skills and ensure school staff can access speech and language resources.
PEEP Learning Together Programme (LTP)
PEEP LTP aims to support parents and carers to develop sensitive and responsive relationships with their babies and children, improve the home learning environment by valuing and extending learning opportunities in everyday life. The programme aims to improve chidlren’s personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, early literacy, early maths and health and physical development.
Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention for 3-4 year old children with delayed language. The programme aims to boost children’s language and communication skills by an average of 6 months, after a nine week intervention in early learning and care years settings and preschools. The children that are selected, take part in three sessions per week in small groups/pods. Session activities are fun, interactive and cover topics such as: attention and listening, developing vocabulary and building sentences.
Talkboost Key Stage 1
Talk Boost KS1 is a targeted intervention for 4-7 year old children with delayed language. The programme is delivered in primary schools by learning support teachers. It can boost children’s language and communication skills by an average of 9 – 18 months after a ten week intervention. The children who are selected to take part attend three sessions per week in small groups, each lasting 30-40 minutes. Session activities are fun and interactive and cover: attention and listening, vocabulary, building sentences, telling stories and conversations.
Eklan Speech and Language Support for 3-5s
This is a practical training course for early years staff to enable them to support key communication skills in all children but especially those with speech and language difficulties. The development of these skills have been proved to ensure later success in school. It can be run over 10 weeks with 2 hour sessions or over 3 full days. The course covers: communication, adult-child interactions, play and social communication, listening and attention skills, understanding language, promoting vocabulary, encouraging expressive language development, narrative development, supporting children with unclear speech and managing stammering.
Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
This is a practical training course for staff working in primary schools to enable them to develop the speech and language skills of all children but especially those with speech and language difficulties. It can be run over 10 weeks with 2 hour sessions or over 3 full days. The course covers: communication, non-verbal communication, listening and attention skills, learning, memory, promoting vocabulary development, encouraging expressive language development, promoting social communication skills, supporting children with unclear speech and the understanding the link between speech, language, and literacy.
Workshops are delivered to parents, early learning and care settings and primary schools depending on their training needs. Some workshops delivered include: identifying speech and language needs, vocabulary development, promoting oral language and supporting speech development. Information workshops are tailored to the request of the settings.