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.
One afternoon every week I get to spend the afternoon with the amazing pupils and staff in Caimen Class.
I plan a variety of different exciting activities for the children to take part in which enables them to build their skills in areas such as answering questions/asking questions, problem solving, taking turns, attending to an activity which was chosen by a peer, requesting objects, following instructions and much much more.
Today Logan sorted through many symbols so that he could communicate which object he wanted to explore.
He really enjoyed the rice bottle today. Well done Logan.
Jack using the photographs to request and exchange for the ball that he loves.
Great work Jack.
Aleisha did an amazing job today. She is sorting through her communication book so that she can find the symbol for the objects she wants.
she then sat back and enjoyed popping the bubbles. Well done Aleisha.
Maisie was busy showing me how she can follow instructions and understand some adjectives.
Here she is jumping and sitting.
One of our pupils using the 'feely box' to explore hidden items and use some brilliant adjectives to describe the it to help me guess what it is.
Although some really good adjectives were used, I was still unable to guess what the item was.
The second picture shows how happy my student was to beat me at this game!
Excellent work ****
This little girl began her 8 week loan of a new communication aid only 1 week ago. We had a session today to see how she is managing with using it.
I was so pleased to see how she was able to navigate her way through the pages to be able to answer the questions I was asking. Questions like "What did you have for tea last night?", "What lesson did you have this morning?", "What did you do at home last night?".
This 'talk pad' is never out of reach in school, and this is because it is her voice. Her way to communicate with whoever she wants.
This little girl amazed me today during our 1-1 session.
Every piece of work I asked her to complete, she completed with no problems. I gave her a bigger inset puzzle to attempt...She completed this while singing Old McDonald, then naming all of the animals and telling me what noise each of them make.
WHAT A LITTLE STAR ****
Maisie has been learning some Makaton signs, so that she can ask people for things that she needs and wants.
You can see here that Maisie is learning how to sign 'more' in Makaton.
She is doing really well and is always very eager to use her Makaton sign to ask for 'more' jelly babies.
Alisha then spotted the symbol for the bubbles, and no matter how many times I rearranged the symbols, she managed to locate the bubbles symbol.
Well done Alisha.
More verbs and adjectives have had to be added to Tyler's Colourful Semantic pack as he is making so much progress so quickly.
Keep up the good work Tyler.
Then we get the bubbles out and Maisie and I work together to practise her Makaton signing for 'More'.
Maisie always tries her hardest at her signing as she LOVES bubbles.
Makaton sign of the week.
Each week the whole school are taught a different Makaton sign. We all try to use that sign as often as we can that week to help us to try and remember it.
Each sign is taken from the 'We Talk Makaton' website which is updated every Monday morning.
You can find all of these signs, and many more by visiting https://wetalkmakaton.org
Monday September 3rd 2018
Good Afternoon everyone.
Just a short message to say I hope all of you had a lovely Summer Holiday and are feeling ready for our Autumn. Term.
As always, I am in school full time. Working with our pupils on a 1-1 basis, in small groups, in large groups and with full classes.
I liaise with the NHS Speech and Language team on a regular basis, with other professionals, as well as the second most important people, you the parent and carers of pupils....the most important people being your children of course.
If at any time you would like to have a chat with me regarding what intervention I am currently working on with your child, if you'd like to sit in on a session so that you could maybe take some ideas home and carry on the practise, If I could offer you some support with Makaton signs or make up some visual time tables for in the home. I am always here and happy to help.
Today is Monday 11TH June 2018.
Here are some of the children from Anaconda Class helping us to learn the sign 'more'.
Thank you Anaconda Class.
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.