Experienced West Midlands based speech & language therapy

Experienced speech & language therapists,
based at the heart of the midlands

A team of experienced therapists to meet your needs

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Services to meet the needs of your individual setting

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"First Class Provision"

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Welcome to Soundswell - bespoke Speech & Language Therapy services for children and young people

 No longer the ‘Cinderella’ of speech and language therapy services, we have an enthusiastic  team with the right skill-set to work with the most complex problems delivering a quality service  across a number of special schools in the city.

Our model offers a phased approach with transparent aims and objectives so that you are in control of both budget and outcomes.

Phase 1: initial activity.

We will deliver an agreed intensive number of days so that a complete picture is available fast:

  • Classroom observations throughout the school to not only indentify areas for development but also to highlight existing good practice
  • Playtime and lunchtime observations so that as far as possible every communication opportunity is covered
  • The identification of individual children whose communication strategies (and opportunities) are not being maximised for whatever reason – and plans put in place to improve things
  • Sign-posting to appropriate training & resources

At the end of phase 1 you receive a comprehensive report identifying priorities for phase 2

Phase 2:  

  • Inset days
  • Twilight sessions
  • student-focussed empirical learning -  which lends itself well to the nature of speech and language therapy interventions and techniques 

Aims, outcomes and impact are clearly identified.

Phase 3:           flexible & focussed entirely on the on-going needs 

 


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Soundswell provide services that are tailor-made for your client group.

                           We have NO exclusion criteria.

We will help you to

  • Identify SLCN in the SEN population and across the whole school
  • Target those with the greatest need 
  • Achieve measurable, sustainable goals
  • Raise standards in speech and  language
  • Skill up the workforce to improve the communication environment for all children
  • Our service includes:
    • Assessment, Advice and Support for staff working with SEN/SLCN children
    • Written feedback, reports, targets, programmes, contributions to ITPs and EHCPs
    • Intervention with identified children in 1:1 & group settings
    • Liaison with any/ all others involved in supporting children 
    • Delivering a range of training for different staff groups

    And we offer Occupational Therapy Services too!  Contact us for more information


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SLCN impacts on educational, social & behavioural outcomes, compromising future life-chances.  

Models of working in secondary settings vary. Soundswell interventions and approaches can raise attainment across the board.  Here is a flavour of what we are currently doing.

Via training sessions, large or small, informal or more formal, in class/year groups or as empirical learning – i.e. therapist working with student/s with TAs as observers: Soundswell speech and language therapists can help with any/all of the following:

  1. Individual assessment, intervention & support for students with the most significant difficulties, at crucial points on their educational journey
  1. Systematic pre-tutoring of ‘question’ vocabulary from year 7 (here are a very few examples: not at all easy to define ‘name/label, describe, explain, hypothesize, reason, predict’
  2. Concept development (i.e. vocabulary) – which shows us how we should teach them (being able to name or label is the last stage in the process!). 
  3. Demonstrating how adult language impacts on teaching and learning (too much? too fast? too long?)
  4. Making the most of non-verbal prompts and cues
  5. Memory skills
  6. Being confident that you know how much language your students really understand?
  7. Reducing the impact of poor literacy skills
  8. The language students need to be successful at maths (yes, really!)
  1. Oracy: developing students as optimum communicators, helping them understand the importance of speaker/listener roles for a range of functions (such as social skills & interviews)
  2. Contributing to quality transition support, both for year 7s and leavers

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Early help is crucial.    Nurseries and Early Years settings are ideally placed to narrow the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers.

Models of working in Nurseries vary according to need and to what you, our EY colleagues, see as your priorities.  Here is a flavour of what we are currently doing.

Via training sessions, large or small, informal or more formal, in class groups or with the therapist working directly alongside staff showing how to support particular children, Soundswell speech and language therapists can help with any/all of the following:

  • making you self sufficient in universal screening and interventions
  • providing strategies to support children with SLCN difficulties or those who are at risk of falling behind
  • Demonstrating how to work with children whose attention and listening skills are behind (and getting in the way of learning)
  • Individual assessment, intervention & support for children  with the most significant difficulties
  • Demonstrating how the language you use impacts on teaching and learning
  • Making the most of non-verbal prompts and cues
  • Boosting vocabulary
  • Understanding the importance of memory skills
  • Contributing to the identification and management of children with more generalised SEN
  • Running Parent workshops
  • Transition management for any child with a need

 

 

 

 

 


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Invite us to design a package to suit your budget and the needs of your setting.

Examples of what we can do:
• an agreed number of visits over one/two/three term/s
• sessions delivered at intervals  to suit you 
• booster blocks for scoping need & management planning to identify the service which would suit your setting best

Each package has agreed aims and outcomes & is regularly reviewed

Our contracting arrangements are robust and unambiguous and will not commit you beyond your current financial planning

Soundswell customers receive an individual Annual Report summarising activity and impact

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Early Years Package - you can take ownership of raising levels of attainment by......

  • Screening
  • Baseline data
  • Early Identification
  • Intervention strategies
  • Data comparison

....supported by Soundswell Speech and Language Therapists

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In many schools budget constraints have seen a significant reduction in the TA workforce.  The luxury of continuous and sustained support for speech and language (SLT) programmes is largely a thing of the past.  Whilst lamentable, this is now a fact of life and in order to maximise the service we provide we would emphasize two important points:

  • Staff training and ownership, to implement prevention strategies at Universal level becomes more and more important if valuable (and increasingly scarce) TA time is to be used to best effect
  • Specialist tier 3 speech and language therapy is increasingly in demand as those children with significant and persistent (particularly speech) difficulties (which will not get better without professional input) cannot access the help they need


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Why Use Soundswell ?

Here a teaching assistant  talks about how Soundswell supports SLCN in school using the  Wellcomm toolkit for universal screening and intervention 

 



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Sunday 17 March 2019

Meet Bryony !


Hi, my name is Bryony Aitken and I’m an independent Speech and Language Therapist based in the West Midlands. I work with Soundswell and run my own company Speech Spot Ltd, supporting children who ...



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