Just a quick message to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I do in school.
My name is Cheryl DeCosemo. After working in Springwell School for 8 years as a Teaching Assistant, the opportunity for me to train as a Speech Therapy Assistant became available, and I haven't looked back since. That was 6 years ago now.
My role in school is to liaise with parents and carers, teachers, teaching assistants, NHS speech therapists and any other professionals who may be involved with the child.
I currently have many children on my case load. I see children on a 1-1 basis, group therapy and whole class sessions.
These sessions are structured around the assessments which the child's NHS therapist has carried out.
I try to make each session fun and engaging, no matter what my objectives are. This way the children are eager to join in and learn new strategies to help them with their communication and understanding, without realising.
At the moment my sessions include:
* two focused communication groups
* one peer communication group, which two classes participate in
* two sensory groups
* 1-1 therapy
* three ASD communication groups
* communication aid support around school
* Makaton signing support around school
* Lego therapy
* The Listening Programm
* staff training in Makaton, Eye Gaze, Communicate in Print
* make resources for school, as well as for in the home
and more to be added in September.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on the school number 01429 280600
I will always try my best to help.
Each week the whole school learns a new sign. Our aim is to then use it as many times as we can to help us remember it.
Today is Monday 11th June 2018.
This weeks sign is 'MORE'.
Here are some of the children in Anaconda Class helping us with the sign.
Here are some of the children in Tiger Class showing us all how to sign 'sun' in Makaton.
It is very very sunny so i am sure we will get to use this sign a lot over the next week.