Summer group tackles transition to secondary school

Children and therapists at the transition to secondary school summer group
Children and therapists at the transition to secondary school summer group

Making the transition from primary to secondary school can be daunting at the best of times, but for children with speech and language impairments or coordination and organisation difficulties, it presents particular problems.

Travelling to school, navigating themselves around large buildings to attend lessons in different classrooms with different teachers, learning new vocabulary - and finding their feet in a sea of strangers  - are all things these young people need specialist help with.

Recognising this, for the past four years Greenwich Community Health Services’ Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy services have jointly run a therapy week for these young people in the summer holidays. 

With funding from the charity Afasic, which supports children with speech and language impairments, the summer school is held at Blackheath Bluecoats Secondary School.

The aim is to teach the group – around 30 attend each year – the sort of skills they will need to survive in what will be a radically different environment for them. These could include how to make friends and behave around other people, road safety, working out a route to school, keeping safe and what to take with you to school.

This year the week ran from 25-29 July. On the day our photograph was taken, the young people and therapists also took part in making a video for the Oxleas website about the summer school group, which you will be able to watch in the videos section later this Summer.

Published on 29th July 2011