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.
We try to use Makaton signing as often as we possibly can, as it is a great form of communication.
We signed up to the 'sign of the week' programme which is supplied by the We Talk Makaton charity.
Each week the staff and children will be shown the sign of the week and we all try to use it as much as possible...