• Speech and language while you shop?

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 28 Feb 2019

    It had been reported that well-meaning companies such as Clarks are paying for 6,500 of their staff to be trained in talking to children, in the hope that by engaging children in conversation while they are trying on shoes, their language skills will improve (and it won’t harm public relations either).

  • “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.” - Benjamin Franklin

    by Claire Chambers 15 Feb 2019

    Training is essential to ensure we have the skills and knowledge needed to carry out our role as effectively as possible. So why is it that ‘Schools’ spending on teacher training has dropped for the first time this decade despite a retention and recruitment crisis in the profession?’

  • 7 Things to Learn from Social Thinking®

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 15 Jan 2019

    Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® is a series of concepts, treatment frameworks and strategies for supporting and teaching children with social learning difficulties. I was lucky enough to attend a Social Thinking® conference in Ireland. Michelle Garcia Winner is a very engaging speaker, and I found myself often thinking ‘wow- that’s a light bulb moment!’ 

  • What’s all the fuss about Lego® Therapy?

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 04 Jan 2019

    Lego® Therapy has risen in popularity over the last few years as an intervention for children with social communication difficulties. So, what actually happens in Lego®-based Therapy?

  • How can we support bereaved children with SLCN?

    by Editor 18 Dec 2018

    Sarah Helton is a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Consultant and Trainer who specialises in bereavement, grief and loss. Here she writes about how we can support bereaved children with SLCN.