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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

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... Archie

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Harriet Harriet has been developing her communication skills during her visits to Patchw... Meet Michael “Michael’s personality has developed and he is much more outgoing, w... Changing Lives: The Chailey Way Like many 9 years olds, Sam loves football and playing for his school team!... Meet Wilson Wilson is a very energetic and happy young boy with an infectious giggle who enj... Meet Lennon Lennon is very happy and sociable and, like most 6-year-old boys, he enjoys play... Romilly’s Story: Unlocking communication A strong parent, pupil and school partnership is crucial to establishing the bui...
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