The Early Language Centre is a provision which caters for the needs of children with a severe, specific language delay or disorder from their pre-school year until the end of Primary 3. The Early Language Centre team adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting children and staff in mainstream schools and nurseries.
The Early Language Centre is part of the East Ayrshire Support Team (EAST). It is staffed by personnel from both the Education Department and NHS Ayrshire & Arran Primary Healthcare Trust and it can support up to fifteen children.
The Early Language Centre Team consists of one full time teacher and a Senior Speech and Language Therapist. The team is supported by an Educational Psychologist. Support is provided both within the Centre at West Park, and by staff visiting schools and nurseries to work with the children.
What the team does
- Holds a multi-agency admissions panel in collaboration with Psychological Services
- Assesses a child’s language difficulties using formal assessments and by observation within the resource or nursery
- Devises a personalised language programme based on the individual needs of the child to be delivered on a one to one basis or in small groups
- Delivers outreach support to pupils who have left the facility, on either an individual or small group basis in the primary school
- Reviews pupils’ progress at regular intervals
- Provides transition information on transfer to primary school
- Holds regular discussions with class teachers to ensure that the child’s learning needs are being met within the framework of a Curriculum for Excellence
- Contributes to school staffs’ continuous professional development in areas related to specific language or communication disorders
Parents and other professionals are encouraged to visit the establishment to see the programme in operation.
Download the Early Language Centre's Policy Statement.