Speech and Language Therapy Services for Educational Settings

Stepping Stones is able to offer a wide range of specialist services to educational settings ranging from nurseries all the way through to post 16 colleges. We can work with individual settings but also have significant experience of working very effectively at multi academy trust level. We are able to provide regular cost effective speech and language therapy sessions for a contracted number of hours on a basis that suits your needs. We can arrange a free consultation with you to discuss your requirements, and then recommend the service(s) which we feel would suit your needs best. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with our partners to find innovative research based solutions that are right for the needs of your pupils and your setting. Some of the services we may offer include the following:

Systemic work

We are able to work closely with senior and middle leadership teams, to develop and offer bespoke evidence based solutions for whole school/college needs. This may include:
  • Language screening for all pupils on entry to support the early identification of SLCN’s
  • Building ‘Communication Friendly Environments’ by integrating specialist language strategies and visual support into ‘Quality First Teaching’
  • Developing and supporting the delivery of whole school approaches to improving speech, language and communication skills, for example ‘improving vocabulary across whole school’ 
  • Personalised CPD programmes including accredited ELKLAN training, identifying pupils with speech, language and communication needs, supporting vocabulary development and working with bilingual pupils with communication disorders  (please contact us for the full range of courses available)
  • Staff drop-in sessions for advice and guidance
  • Working with vulnerable groups of pupils to identify and support their communication and learning needs
  • Introducing effective and robust systems to help differentiate EAL needs vs. language impairment in bilingual pupils or International New Arrivals (INA’s)
  • Parent groups or drop-ins

Preventative work

We have extensive experience of delivering a range of group interventions for pupils presenting with delayed language. These include groups for developing:
  • Listening and Attention skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Narrative skills
  • Auditory memory
  • Inferencing
  • Social-skills
Additionally, we are happy to develop other groups to meet the specific requirements of your pupils.

Individual/case work

We are able to work with individual children who have a range of special educational needs including:
  • Speech delay/disorder
  • Language delay/disorder
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention and Listening difficulties
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Learning difficulties
Our services include:
  • Screening and detailed assessment
  • Specialist assessments for bilingual pupils to help differentiate EAL needs from Language disorder
  • Reports (including for EHCP)
  • Communication plans outlining Speech, Language and Communication targets
  • Specialist communication plans for bilingual pupils outlining targets in all of their languages
  • One to one therapy
  • Small group therapy
  • Whole class support
  • Attending annual reviews
* We are also able to offer assessment and therapy in a number of languages other than English, please contact us for further details.
15 minutes free consultation: Phone, Skype, Facetime.

Services

Educational

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Families

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Legal Assessments

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Testimonials

‘Deeba saw my son from the age of 3 until he was 5. He was eventually diagnosed with specific language impairment and she put appropriate methods of learning in place. Deeba even visited his infant school and met the teachers and assisted them in appropriate learning methods. As a result my son could speak and understand language by the age of 7 and has hardly any concerns now. The next step is now progressing in his writing and spelling but we are working on this. We cannot thank Deeba enough for her input and help. We are so grateful to her and cannot recommend her enough.’

Parent of child with Developmental Language Disorder
(formerly Specific Language Impairment)

'After careful research we contacted Deeba to provide Speech and Language support for our daughter who has ASD and learning difficulties. The progress she has made since working with Deeba has been absolutely amazing! A tailored intervention and support package was developed and implemented by Deeba to meet our daughter’s challenging needs. We have witnessed first-hand Deeba’s infectious enthusiasm, compassion, positivity, understanding and professionalism. Her input has been instrumental in our daughter’s development and progression. With Deeba’s help and support we feel significantly more confident working with our daughter and a lot more positive about the future.'

Parents of 9 year old child with ASD

'Deeba has been the speech and language therapist in one of my cases for over 7 years. She has provided invaluable support to the claimant, her family and the multi- disciplinary team and has worked very closely with our client’s school and mosque. Her approach is calm, caring and holistic.

Deeba goes above and beyond what is expected in her role and, importantly for the legal team, also provides very detailed records!'

Patricia Noone
Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

'Deeba has had an enormous impact on language and communication at Stanley Grove Primary Academy. She is skilled at change leadership and effectively plans for improvements alongside middle and senior leaders. Her personable approach secures the commitment of staff. Not only has Deeba excellent knowledge, she is experienced in many interventions and approaches. New strategies employed as a result of Deeba's involvement have led to an increase in pupils in our EYFS reaching GLD in listening, communication and speaking.'

Amy Footman
Head of Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Manchester.