The Bexley Joint Communication Team is an integrated team of professionals who support children with speech, language and communication needs.
What we do
We can provide advice, assessment and practical strategies to promote learning, access to the curriculum and the development of communication skills. We work in partnership with Early Years professionals, school staff, parents and children to maximize communication for learning, socialisation and independence and we are happy to tailor support and training to individual school’s needs. We can offer the following support activities:
- advice and pupil observation or assessment
- provision planning with school staff
- programmes implemented by school or JCT staff
- strategies for the classroom
- guidance for group work and modelling of activities
- parent meetings
Benefits of this service
Support for children with SLCN is most successful when planned and delivered within an integrated team approach. From our experience and joint working relationships we are able to offer advice, assessment, training and packages of support to enable all young people to achieve their potential. We work with individual pupils on targeted support, group interventions and advise on high quality classroom support. We welcome queries from schools who also wish to purchase additional speech and language support through our experienced team.
We deliver many communication workshops both centrally and tailored for school INSET. In addition the JCT can support schools through specialist advice for school staff regarding specific language difficulties. These include: Hearing Impaired children, social communication difficulties, community support for specific speech sound problems, children with Down’s syndrome and complex needs, Selective Mutism/ Reluctant Speaker , Auditory Processing Difficulties and we provide advice for the specialist language provision resource staff.
The SALSA team offer an early language programme designed to support children with a language delay or impoverished skills, delivered in a small group on a rota basis. They will also work with individual children referred by a speech therapist or an EP. Schools are also able to directly refer to the SALSA team. All children need to have parental/carer permission for our involvement. We also support schools with recommended resources such as BLAST, Speech and Language link, Talk Boost, Chatterboxes, Narrative schemes, Active Listening and other appropriate programmes.
Referrals to the JCT
Schools can refer pupils who have been supported for at least a term to our team and the Inclusion Managers have copies of the referral forms and questionnaires we require. Once the referral is accepted they are subject to the 18 week wait time initiative. Once referred children‘s progress is monitored via termly planning meeting with the JCT and further assessments as required. Referrals from other professionals and parents will be accepted but we will then contact the school for more information about the child.
For further information on the JCT contact 020 8303 7777 and ask for Joint Communication Team or contact the Lead Speech and Language Therapist:
- Bexley Children's Speech and Language Therapy
Queen Mary's Hospital
Sidcup DA14 6LT
- Telephone 020 3004 0092 Monday and Friday
020 3871 5750 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org