Every school and early years setting has an allocated educational psychologist who can provide consultation, assessment and advice on interventions for learners who have additional support needs. Educational psychologists can advise schools on methods of assessing literacy, help teachers draw out implications from schools’ own assessments, and can provide additional assessment information where this is necessary. Educational psychologists are involved in the verification of assessment arrangements. They also provide training, research and project-based work as part of their service level agreement with schools.
Speech and Language Therapy
Local community speech and language therapists offer school staff consultation on appropriate supports for children and young people who may have speech, language or communication difficulties. Where assessment/ analysis of a learner’s needs indicates speech and language therapy input is appropriate, they may support staff in schools to develop the child’s speech sound processing skills for literacy. Individual or group intervention or strategies may also be provided for other speech, language or communication needs.
See the ASL health website http://www.asl.scot.nhs.uk – Services and Resources tabs for referral guidelines, referral forms and advice sheets.
Occupational therapy enables children and young people to participate in the various occupations of daily life to support their health, wellbeing and development. Occupations for children or young people include self-care (e.g. getting dressed, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (e.g. early play, helping in the house, participating in activities and routines at nursery/ school e.g. handwriting) and leisure (e.g. playing with friends or engaging in hobbies). Parents can request assistance from a children’s occupational therapist by contacting the children’s occupational therapy department. A child’s teacher or another health care professional can access support using a request for assistance form. These forms, and advice sheets, are available within the resource section of the additional support for learning website www.asl.scot.nhs.uk
Therapy Inclusion Partnership (TIP)
Referrals can be made by professionals who feel that learners in a school would benefit from advice from at least two of these therapies: Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy/ Speech and Language. TIP work with primary and secondary school staff to set up small inclusive groups aiming to help with a variety of skills including motor, social/communication, language and organisational skills. TIP support groups can focus on the inclusion needs of individual children. TIP can provide training for schools at a whole school, targeted and specialist level.
Referral forms can be found on the website www.asl.scot.nhs.uk/Resources under Projects > Therapy Inclusion Partnership (TIP)