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About our speech and language group

Each year the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group raises money to fund speech and language groups for children within the group. The speech and language sessions are open to all children with Down’s Syndrome who live or attend school in the SN postcode and who have been members of the group for more than six months.

The aim of the groups are to give our children the opportunity to practice their speech and language skills in a structured and fun environment. Most sessions run weekly in term time for an hour and we practice skills such as understanding, sentence building, sound recognition and production, listening skills, attention and memory skills and conversational/interaction skills.

We have a specialist speech and language therapist, who runs the groups for children between two and 19 years. Parents attend with their children, as do the children’s Teaching Assistants (with permission from their Headteachers). This gives parents the opportunity to see the kind of help they can give their children at home and gives the Teaching Assistants insight into the way speech and language programmes can be delivered.

The children still continue to receive a service from the Swindon Speech and Language Therapy department and, from the beginning, the group therapists and the statutory therapists have made sure they liaise closely to ensure the children get a coordinated service.

In recent years our group’s therapist has also been the statutory therapist who supports the school-age children in mainstream education, strengthening the links between the work of the local Speech and Language Therapy department and the SDSG groups.

For further information regarding Speech and Language therapy please contact Kim West on 01793 538335, email chair@swindondownsgroup.org.uk or you can download our leaflet here.

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