Speech and Language Therapy

We have a Speech and Language Therapist attached to Milton Keynes Primary PRU.

She visits our school on a regular basis and provides the best service to ensure children are supported in their speech and language needs.

Speech, Language and Communication skills are really important for children as children with good skills find it easier to;

  • Learn in school
  • Develop friendships
  • Find employments as adults.

At Milton Keynes Primary PRU, when a child first comes to our school, we carry out an initial assessment to see if a child requires any additional support. If they do, we will then work closely with our Speech and Language Therapist to put into place an individualised programme of support for that child to help with their needs. This continues throughout their stay at MK Primary PRU, and sometimes continues as they return to their mainstream setting or any other setting they may move on to.

At Aged 5-7 a child should be able to;

  • Understand more complex instructions, and concepts such as first / last , same / different.

  • Be able to understand more complex instructions, and concepts such as first/last, same/different.

  • Understand most types of questions.

  • Understand jokes and humour.

  • Use correct grammar in spoken sentences, but may make occasional errors.

  • Take part in a longer conversation: usually says things which are relevant to the conversation, and takes turns in speaking.

  • Tell you about an event fairly clearly.

  • Speak clearly and is easy to understand.

 At 7 - 11 years a child should be able to;

  • Understand words that have more than one meaning / multiple meanings, e.g. 'solution' can mean the answer to a problem, or a liquid.

  • Understand some implied or suggested information in stories and conversations.

  • Begin to understand sayings (metaphor) and other abstract meaning, e.g., 'you are my sunshine', 'it was as clear as mud'.

  • Understand words relating to time, e.g., before, after, yesterday, this evening, etc.

  • Remember 3 or more items in short term memory.

  • Understand and use question words, e.g. who, when, why.

  • Follow a story without having pictures present.

  • Be learning new words in the classroom and can make some links between related information.

  • Only be making a few errors with the grammar of spoken sentences so sentences sound correct.

  • Relay a sequence of events or quite complicated stories.

  • Have a growing awareness of others' points of view and opinions.

  • Make fewer immature errors with pronunciation. Speech is understandable.