Understanding communication at Severndale

Here at Severndale we understand that developing a fully inclusive communication approach is essential for all of our pupils to be able to progress. 

A fully inclusive communication approach is about finding and using the right combination of communication methods for each person. This approach helps an individual to form connections, ensures successful interactions and supports information exchanges and conversations.

By using this approach, we make the complicated simple and empower people to communicate and express themselves – be it through speech or sign, touch or movement, gesture or sound, art or dance.

A combination of methods are used at Severndale, which reinforce each other and strengthen meaning for the individual.  Examples of this include;

  • Non-verbal: This includes using body movements, breathing patterns and eye pointing. Textures, smells, temperature, intensive interaction and routine can also support communication by allowing an individual to anticipate what is going to happen next.
  • Language-based communication: including speech and also Makaton. Sign systems may be independent sign or could also be an on-body sign.
  • Symbol systems: including using objects of reference (real objects and object symbols), Widgit, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), line drawings, pictures and photographs.