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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

Speech and Language Therapy

Georgina Wilmott
Georgina Wilmott,
Speech & Language Therapist

Good communication skills underpin the development of a child's learning, thinking and social skills.  

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) often occur in conjunction with dyslexia and related learning difficulties.  A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.

Our in-house Speech and Language Therapist provides specialist support for those with SLC needs, developing a tailored programme for each individual.  Support may focus on speech elements such as articulation; fluency or voice resonance; or on language issues such as receptive processing; expressive vocabulary or word sequencing.  Pupils may need support in learning how to use language in a socially appropriate way.

We are the only school in Oxfordshire, and one of only nine schools in the country, to have earned the prestigious ICAN Primary Talk accreditation at an Enhanced level.  This accreditation has helped us build on the already specialist teaching we provide by taking a whole-school approach to speech and language.  We integrate speech and language support practices into every classroom, creating a communication-supportive environment for all children including those with mild-moderate SLC needs.