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Developing Effective Communication

All pupils at Chailey Heritage School have some level of communication difficulty. We always strive to meet every individual’s need and right to communicate and be listened to.

A key to successful communication is our ‘Total Communication’ and ‘Responsive Environment’ approach, in which we acknowledge, respect, and allow time and space for every form of communicative intent and processing need.

Working closely alongside Speech and Language Therapists, we develop a wide variety of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) approaches to meet personal needs. These range from subtle body language and sensory cues through to advanced communication technologies.

Specialist techniques and resources include:

  • Bespoke sensory cues including objects of reference and touch cues
  • Intensive interaction
  • Chailey Communication System
  • VOCAs (Voice Output Communication Aids)
  • Eye-Gaze technology
  • Staff are trained in Makaton and BSL when appropriate

Our Pupils' Stories

Henry Henry is a happy 12 year old who has been at Chailey Heritage for nine years - C... Katie Katie is 19, loves everything Disney and is always wearing the brightest outfits... Charlotte

13-year-old Charlotte is a determined, kind, and thoughtful young person.

Seth Seth is 6 years old and has been at school at Chailey Heritage Foundation since ... James James has been developing his concentration skills by caring for the animals at ... Jacob Jacob is 18 years-old and has been attending Chailey Heritage Foundation si... Bertie Bertie is six years old and started school at Chailey Heritage Foundation in Nov... Harriet Harriet has been developing her communication skills during her visits to Patchw...
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