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A Whole School Approach to Developing and Promoting a New Communicative Initiative Within a Special School

Session 
4.6b
PR
  • Roland Gooding
  • Mark Roberts
  • Rachel Keen
  • Claire Fitzgerald
Summary

To talk about how our school senior management team and speech and language therapists have developed a new model of working for our special school, that combines personalised planning with a whole school initiative.

Method/Activities/Techniques

The senior management team of the school and associated health service providers combined to plan a reconfiguration of speech and language therapy service delivery that would be a jointly funded and managed service. The CHATA (Communication Hub Assisting Team Action) process was launched to meet the needs and wants of specific speech and language service users. Pupil-focused hubs were developed to provide individualised planning for communication support that allows for specified team working such as collaborative assessment, interdisciplinary intervention and transdisciplinary team working.  

Results/Findings

We have established a responsive caseload management structure with improved service provision and greater communication with families and other professionals. Pupils have indivdualised hubs with clear progression pathways in place. Positive feedback has been received from all those involved in the CHATA process. The Lead Speech and Language Therapist sits on the TLLT and so the new CHATA initiative is fully embedded within the school community. 

Conclusions

We have established a responsive caseload management structure with improved service provision and greater communication with families and other professionals. Pupils have individualised hubs with clear progression pathways in place. The CHATA process is a fluid process and hub members feel that it will continue to evolve.

Level of Session 
1
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
1
4
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