St. Joseph's Primary School Longford
The Language Class is a special unit for pupils with a Specific Speech and Language disorder (SSLD), that is attached to a mainstream primary school. The class operates with a ratio of 7:1. A speech and language therapist employed by the HSE provides therapy for the children in the class.
The aim of the Language class is to address the pupils' speech and language disorder through appropriate education and intensive speech and language therapy within the context of a broad and balanced primary school curriculum. The emphasis is placed on early intervention, and children are generally placed in this special class at infant or first class level. The children benefit from speech and language therapy sessions along with resource hours and extra support in school. Children are integrated into a mainstream class for some subjects such as P.E.
The Admissions Team meet in May of each year to discuss placement and suitability of new candidates for the forthcoming year.