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Romilly’s Story: Unlocking communication

A strong parent, pupil and school partnership is crucial to establishing the building blocks for progress. Romilly’s potential was clear to her mum and the staff at Chailey Heritage School. Through patient observation, looking for the smallest of cues, from vocalisations to the tiniest of movements, staff were able recognise a pattern in her eye movements.

Romilly’s outstanding progress was clear when using an input word document, simple list of questions and statements where staff read from a list of words or short phrases. Understanding the concept in her first day of using it, Romilly answered yes with her eyes to ensure her needs were met.

This allowed her to ask personal and important questions like “What’s happening next?” or to communicate for personal needs to be met. In order to progress Romilly’s expressive communication skills, an integrated approach to target setting has been promoted using the multi-disciplinary team and class. Using a shaping programme which involves small repetitive steps, Romilly is beginning to express her needs and have her voice heard by the world.

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