The Communication Centre is a facility for supporting pupils with different levels of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It is staffed by specialist teachers, higher level teaching assistants and speech and language therapists.
Some children find it hard to:
- understand what is said to them
- form words and construct sentences
- find the right words to express thoughts and feelings
- understand rules for social interaction and conversation
Sometimes the reason has been identified but on many occasions the cause of the problem is never identified. These children are described as having Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Some children have average or above average cognitive skills, but show significant difficulties in areas of language development so their difficulties are described as Specific Language Impairment (SLI).
The Communication Centre is an on-site facility that is largely funded by the Local Authority. The Centre has sixteen places for pupils from across the borough with Specific Language Impairment and pupils are accepted through formal LA procedures when places are available.
The Communication Centre also supports mainstream pupils that have been identified by Lampton staff as benefiting from support from the highly experienced team of specialist teachers, speech and language therapists and higher level teaching assistants. Once identified, pupils may attend two sessions per week for the equivalent duration of a term to work on areas specific to their SLCN profile. The aim is that the pupils will then generalise the skills and strategies learnt to their mainstream lessons.
During Communication Centre lessons a wide variety of programmes are used depending on the pupils’ speech and language needs. For example, our programmes aim to improve;