The ability to communicate is fundamental to everyone’s lives. Challenging behaviour may result from deficits in effective communication and adaptive life skills; we therefore seek to address such deficits through facilitating the development of functional communication and life skills. These aspects of development are core to each pupil’s individualised learning programme.
The photos demonstrate some of the speech and language techniques that are used at Quest.
- Oral Placement Therapy: As part of speech and language therapy, is the use of an Oral Placement Approach. Aspects of the oral placement approach may involve tools (such as straws, vibration and bite blocks) that are used in the mouth and a direct hands on face tactile cueing.
- Cued articulation: A tactile approach that uses touch cues to a pupil’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence.
- PECS: Some pupils use PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), whereby they exchange a symbol or symbols to communicate.
- Proloquo2go: This is a system like PECS but uses a device with speech output.