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At Birch Wood School we have a Communication and Therapy team.


The team is made up of communication lead, speech and language therapy team, vision support teacher, hearing impaired teacher, music therapist, AAC teacher, communication mentors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.


As a team we work closely with each other to support student’s communication and therapy needs. We also work directly with parents and school staff.


Communication is of key importance for all students. All methods of communication are valued and encouraged across the school day.


Communication is a key focus at Birch Wood. Some students have additional therapy sessions to develop their communication skills.


We work towards a ‘total communication environment’ where speech and language, objects of reference, body signs, photographs, Makaton signing, symbols and AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) are used throughout the school day, to assist our students to understand and communicate to the best of their abilities.