The NI curriculum emphasises the importance of empowering all children to develop their full potential, the foundation of which is the ability to effectively communicate and interact with the world around us.

Here at Roddensvale we take a child-centred approach, working in collaboration with Speech and Language Therapists to develop suitable communication programmes, tailored to meet the individual needs of the child.

For some pupils, communication development will focus on traditional sentence word structure and speech acquisition, for others augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies will be employed to support or replace spoken communication as required. These include a diverse range of communication systems and techniques, such as Intensive Interaction, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Makaton signing, as well as the use of voice out-put communication aids (VOCAs; electronic aids whereby buttons are activated to produce whole words or sentences).

Our central aims are to provide effective education, therapy and support for children with a wide range of physical, sensory, medical and learning difficulties, promoting independence of thought and action, whilst ensuring equality of opportunity is provided for all within the school.

Any queries regarding communication should be made to Mrs L. Killough (028) 28272802.