What is school-based Speech & Language Therapy?
The purpose of Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) at MKA is to support all children who have challenges in their communication, to set up communication systems in the classrooms and to work together with teachers to create an environment that is open to communication between everyone. MKA' s new Speech Therapist is Levi Ofoe.
Areas of work
The three main areas for SLT at MKA focus on:
Basic communication skills
Communicate needs and wants
Simple verbal utterances in order to communicate needs
Articulation / Understandability of Speech
MKA uses PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) in order to support students who have challenges in communicating verbally. The training of students and teachers in the use of PECS is also part of the Speech and Language Therapy.
After school sessions
There is a possibility of after school sessions for students who do not attend MKA. These sessions take place in the afternoon when the students of the school are going home (from 3pm going). Please contact the school for further information.
What is school-based Physical Therapy?
The purpose of school-based physical therapy is to help children with physical disabilities or injuries and teachers achieve maximum function in their classroom and on the school compound.
Physical Therapists work with students to address:
• Strength and endurance for functional mobility eg climbing stairs, opening doors and carrying materials.
• Posture eg sitting, standing and ambulating.
• Gait eg walking independently or with mobility aids.
• Function, fit and proper use of mobility aids and devices eg walkers, wheel chairs, canes.
• Range of motion eg stretching exercises to improve muscle flexibility
• Balance and co-ordination eg activities to decrease falls and injuries
MKA's Physical Therapists
Sandra Tackie and Theodora Ntitiwaa