Improving Access to Education

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Improving access to education

Communication is vital for children / adults of all ages when learning and accessing their education. Communication involves both expressing and receiving messages / information. Communication involves spoken, written and nonverbal forms which are all essential skills for learning in the educational environment.

Social communication skills are also important when interacting with peers and staff in the educational environment. When an individual's communication is disrupted it will affect their ability to learn and access their education effectively.

When working with individuals who have speech, language and communication difficulties, our speech and language therapists will work on maximising their ability to communicate effectively and help them in accessing their education to their full potential.

How can a speech, language and communication difficulty prevent someone from accessing their education?

There are a variety of speech, language and communication difficulties which can affect an individual's ability to learn and access their education. An individual's speech, language and communication difficulty may be mild to severe and will affect each individual in different ways. Communication is a key factor in an individual's ability to learn. For pre-school children with speech and / language delay this will dramatically impact on their ability to learn when entering the school environment if early intervention is not put in place. An individual's speech, language and communication difficulties may also impact on their understanding of instructions, understanding of social skills and ability to express their thoughts and ideas. Communication difficulties may also impact on the individual's reading and writing skills. All these factors will contribute to an individual not being able to learn effectively and access their education to their full potential.

Having a speech, language and communication difficulty may also impact an individual emotionally and socially and may lead to bullying, lack of confidence and inability to make and maintain friends.

How can speech and language therapy help individuals with speech, language and communication problems access their education more effectively?

The speech and language therapist will help to improve and develop an individual's speech, language and communication difficulty in helping them to communicate more effectively and accessing their learning and education. The speech and language therapist will use a variety of management approaches in helping an individual communicate effectively in the educational environment, this will depend on the individual's overall ability, the type of speech, language or communication difficulty they have and also the underlying cause or condition. Management approaches can include:

  • Consultative approach
  • training
  • One to one therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Therapy programmes
  • Social skills groups
  • Pre-school communication groups
  • Advice and education

Who can benefit from improved access to education?

People who can benefit from improved access to education include:

  • The individual.
  • Educational staff including teachers, learning support assistants, college and university staff.
  • The individual's peers.
  • Parents / carers.
  • Support staff.

What are the benefits of speech and language therapy in helping an individual access to their education?

There are many benefits of speech and language therapy in helping an individual to access their education. The main benefit is in helping the individual to access their education to their full potential, which will maximise their ability to learn key skills for their development and future. Additional benefits include:

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Increased social participation and social opportunities.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • Increased independence.
  • Improved communicative ability.

How do I book an appointment with a speech and language therapist?

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us emailing office@slt.co.uk or calling 0161 883 007.


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To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email office@slt.co.uk

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