Thera-P…..practical, parent centred and not a picture card in sight!

At the end of the summer term, the Communicate team were very lucky to be joined by Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Lyndsey Allen, from the Ear Foundation for a day of training; “Thera-P”. I think it’s fair to say it’s one of the best CPD days we’ve had and we were so inspired hearing Lyndsey talk about her passion for Speech and Language Therapy!

The day was focused around how we can make therapy inspiring with no ‘bag of magic tricks’ or ‘flashcards’, just the power of conversation, play and everyday routines!

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Throughout the day, we looked at the power of conversation and how we can enrich language through different communication strategies. We discussed how we feel as communicators and how education staff and parents feel and how this can impact on the  quality of language being provided to children. We also looked at the link between cognition, language and motor skill development and what motivates us all to learn, and how we can apply this to children’s development……….. and therapy!! This led us nicely on to the really fun part of the day, practical therapy activities!

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The team took part in an aeroplane making activity (and competition!), thinking about how such a simple activity can provide so many language opportunities! We then split into groups to look at other practical, everyday activities which involve no ‘SLT’ resources but can work on so many SLT targets; making a drink, using pens/paper/magazines/scissors, and making treasure chest maps!

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Some of the team who have been working throughout the summer holidays have been starting to put into practice this ‘no resources’ type of practice and have been having great fun with families! The rest of the team can’t wait to start thinking about ways of implementing this approach in schools too, so there may be less of the dragging around suitcases full of resources from September!

We would all like to say a huge thank you to Lyndsey for a fantastic day and we will hopefully see you again in the future!

The Team @ Communicate! 🙂

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