|Claire is a speech and
language therapist. She has recently taken up a newly created post to
work in mainstream education. She covers a wide geographical area and
could not possibly treat all children on an individual basis.
Claire's belief is that all children can benefit from language
activities and that this practise should be integrated into the daily
routine of infant classrooms.
However, in one school with two P1
classes the reception she gets is very different. Before her visit
she lets the classroom assistant know what resources/arrangements will
be required for her session and when she arrives in classroom 1
everybody is enthusiastically waiting on her. In classroom 2 she is
usually greeted by the teacher saying, "Thank goodness, you're here.
I've a million things to do now I've got peace". She then proceeds to
do her marking or other tasks while Claire takes her class for
Do you feel that there is a
role for the teacher in delivering speech and language therapy?
How can Claire encourage
Teacher 2 to embrace the activities?