Here goes nothing......my first blog attempt!
I thought I'd start by telling you a little bit about what we Speech and Language Therapists do! When I tell people that I'm a Speech and Language Therapist they usually say something like:
"That must be rewarding!"
"Did you always know you wanted to do that?"
And my personal favourite: "Can you help me to talk proper?!"
The answer is that yes, it is rewarding and it is interesting. It's also busy, challenging, sometimes upsetting and frustrating but mostly a privilege to be in a position to help improve the lives of children and families. Some children I work with only briefly and some are stuck with me for years!
I work with children ranging in age from 2-12 at the moment, but have lots of experience of working with teenagers too. Some of the children I work with are a little late in starting to talk, or have some difficulties in speaking clearly. Some have Down's syndrome, some have diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some have cerebral palsy. I visit them at home, nursery or school....wherever I am needed.
As part of my day-to-day working life I assess children's needs, deliver therapy sessions to help them make progress with their communication, attend meetings, write reports and do lots of planning and making of resources.
My aim with this blog is to share little ideas, thoughts and information that may help parents and professionals to support their children.
Watch this space!...............
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