Speech and Language Therapy
Within the Loyne Specialist School we have a highly qualified specialist speech and language therapist Beth Kopcke, who is available to work with children and young people in the local area. Requests for this service is welcome from parents, carers, schools, nurseries and care settings. Beth is an experienced therapist with an excellent reputation for working within schools in the Lancaster area and is registered with the Royal Collage of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). The role includes working actively with teachers, school staff and students with complex needs on a daily basis. Up to date practical training and supervision is accessed regularly.
Beth is also a registered Regional Makaton Tutor and runs Makaton Workshops at the Loyne Specialist School and other venues upon request. Please see the schools training and CPD page for information on upcoming courses and how to apply.
Beth offer’s support to both schools, parents and families in a variety of different areas:
- Autistic spectrum conditions (targeting communication)
- Learning difficulties (targeting communication)
- Developmental language disorder
- Speech sound difficulties
- Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
- Alternative Augmentative Communication systems (AAC)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Adapting the environment to support communication
- Setting speech, language and communication targets for interventions
The service provided is tailored specifically to the individual and their needs. This may consist of assessment sessions which can range from a ‘one off’ to more detailed assessments. From this session advice to support the child or young person can be provided, alongside a report if required.
Direct therapy sessions can be arranged to target the child or young person’s communication skills. These can range from ‘one off’ therapy sessions to a period of more regular input. This can be delivered within schools, nurseries, client homes and care settings including our therapy wing here at the Loyne School. Alternatively a DIY programme can be devised and provided with the resources for parents and education staff to deliver therapy themselves.
Sessions usually range from 45 minutes to 1 hour. We do need to charge for this service. We currently charge £75 per hour, however a discounted rate is available for more regular bookings. More information about this is provided in the brochure. However, If you are interested in the support described above then please call for an initial free of charge (no obligation) telephone consultation. We will be able to offer advice on your specific speech, language and communication needs and discuss what level of service you would prefer.
Many of our clients use us to supplement the service they receive from the NHS to enhance the speech and language therapy provision to their child. Some of our clients request our input while their child is still on an NHS waiting list. We would like to reassure you that your child will not lose their place on this waiting list by receiving our input. There are clear professional guidelines ensuring independent and NHS speech and language therapists work in harmony together to provide the best possible service for your child.
If you are a parent and would like to request support for your child then please contact the school office on 01524 64543 and ask to speak to the in-house speech and language therapist, Beth Kopcke.
If you are a school and would like to request support for a pupil, either call the school office on the number above and request to speak with the in-house speech and language therapist, Beth Kopcke, or complete the online referral form or download it and return to ‘School to School Support, Loyne Specialist School, Sefton Drive, Lancaster, LA1 2QD. On receipt of a request for support, you will be contacted by a member of our outreach team to organise an initial meeting to clarify the type and amount of support required.
"I would like to thank you at the Loyne School for your support…It has shown team working at its very best, the way it should be with the child and family at the centre of everything we do.
We would not have been able to do it without the staff’s specialist skills in communication”NHS Practitioner
Please direct all enquiries to the school office team, the telephone will be answered by Karen, Tanya or Alison who will ensure the correct member of our school team responds to you. For any further information you can contact us using the details below or fill in the form on the right and we will get back to you.
Phone: 01524 645 43