Aspiring Speech and Language Therapists for Schools
Our team at The Supply Room often support schools recruiting for Speech and Language Assistant Jobs. This post delves into the reason you may be a suitable applicant, regardless of your qualifications or experience.
Roles we recruit for often call on applicants to support pupils with difficulties such as using full sentences, word pronunciation, making themselves understood or finding the right words to use when speaking.
Schools don’t always focus their efforts on recruiting experienced staff. In fact, for this particular role, aspiring Speech and Language Therapists are often desired. You will have the full support and guidance of an already qualified and experienced Therapist (Typically an NHS Speech and Language Therapist). Without experience working with Speech and Language, you can immediately make a difference in a few areas.
Here are just three examples;
Focus and Listening Skills
Supporting children with speech and language difficulties starts with helping pupils focus on tasks and their listening skills. As an entry-level assistant, you can work 1:1 with the pupil to ensure interest in lessons and help him or her to reengage following any distractions. See our blog on supporting pupils with SEMH which may offer some ideas on how to keep pupils engaged.
Pupils with speech and language difficulties may find making friends, participating in activities and basic social skills difficult. Encouraging participation, joining in on the activity yourself and promoting inclusivity can contribute to the pupil’s overall confidence. This confidence will transfer to the child’s efforts during 1:1 speech sessions and group lessons.
Keeping notes, and identifying the type of notes to take, is extremely important. Once in the position, you will typically work closely with a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who will attend school on a recurring basis to check progress and set future activities to support the areas you have identified. Effective note-taking on any difficulties and positives will help the Therapist identify and set next steps.
There are not enough qualified speech and language therapists available to support in every school, every day. You will therefore be required to build a positive working relationship with the therapist and will be given first-hand experience and insight into what it takes to be a successful Speech and Language Therapist. This is also a reason therapists enjoy working with anyone aspiring to qualify in their field.
If you are an aspiring Speech and Language Therapist, join The Supply Room to discuss all our Speech and Language Assistant Jobs.