The Swans use a ‘Total Communication’ approach, which ensures that the children receive as many cues as possible to help them to gain an understanding of what is happening throughout the day. This involves aiding communication by the use of, primarily ‘sensory cueing’ and real objects, alongside photographs, Signalong, symbols and speech. The children are all encouraged to use and develop their communication skills, appropriate to their individual needs, such as vocalising to gain attention, and making choices. We access I.C.T. across the curriculum to support both learning and access requirements. ‘Getting ready for learning’, such as massage and repositioning, is key to our approach, to ensure that each child is comfortable and relaxed, enabling them to happily access all learning opportunities.
The teacher, Samantha Layden, along with teaching assistants Helen Cummiskey, Christine Callan, Sam Plant and Joseline Ndayisenga work closely together to support your child throughout the day.
Sign of the Week
At Kingfisher we use Signalong as a part of a Total Communication Approach, we are constantly using core vocabulary with the children to support their language development and then through each of our topics we introduce new signs and language, which extends their vocabulary further. We also have two “Signs of the Week” which helps maintain and extend key knowledge and skills of everyday vocabulary.
Each half term we will be creating a short video showcasing and demonstrating our ‘Signs of the Week’ for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.
To view the signs of the week for this topic please watch the video below