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Springwell School Speech Therapy Assistant


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 8 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...

EXCITING NEWS............We have a new assistant joining the team. 


Hi my name is Kyra George some of you will of known me from working in various classes around school as I have worked at Springwell for over 15 years as a Teaching Assistant, I am new to the role of Speech and Language Therapy Assistant.  I will be working alongside and under the watchful-eye of Cheryl and the NHS Speech Therapists to provide additional support for the children.

I am really excited to be given this opportunity for a new adventure/challenge within school and cant wait to get started.


*********CHERYL'S STAR OF THE WEEK*********

Friday 2ND October 2020. My star of the week is a young man who has worked the hardest I have ever seen him work this week. He put 110% into his session and made me so proud. This weeks star is ........Isaac. Well done Isaac.

Friday 25TH September 2020. My star of the week is a young lady who impressed me so much during her session. She always tries her best, but this week she was amazing. Well done LILLY.


I thought I'd share some lovely pictures which were taken during our first full week back. The children from Pangolin Class, Jaguar Class and Panda Class have enjoyed getting back to their sessions.

A shared session today. It was lovely to see the turn taking and interaction between them both.

Always trying their best.

While sorting this little girls likes and dislikes, using her device she told me she was having oven baked salmon at nana's house for tea. Working with her always puts a smile on my face.

Here is a selection of pictures from some of this weeks sessions.          Week beginning Monday 28TH September 2020.

Coen independently exchanged for every sword to try and make the pirate pop up. He got a shock when it did.

Coen playing Pop up Pirate.
Exchanging for every sword.

Hugo sat for a very long time and explored this toy.

Harry navigated the page of symbols until he found the correct one. He loves the posting pig and sometimes has a little dance to the music.

A shared Listening Program session with Lola and Isaac. Playing Pop up Pirate in silence. Lola was the champ this session.

Sign of the week............

19TH October 2020. This weeks sign is 'to cut with a knife'.

12TH October 2020. This weeks sign is 'swing'.

5TH October 2020. This weeks sign is...'slide'.

Monday 28th September 2020. This weeks sign is 'marathon'.

Monday 21st September 2020. This weeks sign is water (to drink).

Monday 14th September 2020. This weeks sign is drama.

Monday 7th September 2020. This weeks sign is 'To learn'.

31st August 2020. Sign of the week. This weeks sign is...To think