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Speech & Language Therapy


NHS Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT) are commissioned by Education to work in special schools in Hertfordshire.  Speech and Language Therapists work with our children to support their communication as well as support our staff in developing strategies to maintain practice and progress.

The Collett School is supported by a Herts Education/NHS contract that provides us with 2 days of SaLT provision through the week.  This is sadly, a reduction of 50% SaLT time from two years' ago.

We have appointed a specialist teaching assistant at the school in order to support the delivery and sustainability of speech and language targets being met.  Ms Lois Horbury joined the Hive as the speech and language practitioner and whilst she will be liaising with the NHS speech and language team, her role is separate to their service. 

Lois Horbury's role will involve working individually with a child / young person within the school, supporting pupils in class, delivering small group interventions, creating resources for pupils, staff and parents.  Her role will include providing advice to help with speech and language difficulties in conjunction with the services already provided by the NHS speech and language therapist.  A successful partnership will include the child, class teacher and family. Therefore you will be contacted regularly if Lois is working with your child.

If your child is on the NHS caseload you will need to contact them directly for specific information about your child’s targets and progress.  You can use the school's telephone number to speak to them, whilst on site.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Gray:


Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.  Although it uses many of the same signs as British Sign Language (BSL), it does not follow BSL's different syntax (word order) and so is more suited to children and people with learning disabilities.

To find out more about Makaton please click here.....Makaton



Elklan is a course that supports adults help pupils to develop their ability to understand, listen and talk. In doing so, the training supports:
•Understanding about why children have difficulty learning to talk
•Knowing how to help the pupil  understand what is being said to her/him
•Interaction at an appropriate level 
•Knowing how to help the child develop their communication
•Changing the way adults speak to pupils with SLCN so that s/he understands more of what is said.
•Supporting a speech therapy programme the pupil has been given to follow. 

To find out more about Elklan please click here........Elklan

PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

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SCERTS: Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transaction Support 

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