Archive | Speech and Language Therapy

Phonetic transcription in Speech and Language Therapy

A recent survey of 759 UK speech and language therapists (SLTs) showed that 74.9% used transcription in their clinical role. However, 41% only used broad transcription, with those not using narrow transcription attributing this to lack of confidence. The majority (79.5%) had never attended a refresher course (Knight et al., 2018). Why does this matter? […]

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How can we collaborate to develop services for children and young people who have SEMH & SLCN?

An issue we continually revisit, both at Course Beetle courses and at the Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Clinical Excellence Network (SEMH CEN) is how can speech and language therapists (SLTs) collaborate with others to develop services for children and young people who have SEMH & Speech Language and Communication Needs? This is an issue […]

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Using the SHAPE CODING™ system – A Practitioner’s Story

The SHAPE CODING™ system works with natural conversation I’d like to share a little of my clinical experience in using The SHAPE CODING™ system with school-aged students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). This evidence-based intervention approach explicitly teaches the rules of English using a combination of shapes, colours, arrows and lines to indicate phrases, parts […]

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Can Speech and Language Therapy be Attachment and Trauma friendly?

I have been trying to understand the impact of negative early experiences on children who experience social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), for many years. The difficulties they often have with emotion regulation, socialisation and learning are obvious. Their SLCN tends to be less recognised, of course. Over the years, I have encountered many […]

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Is this Social Emotional and Mental Health needs, bad behaviour or a communication breakdown?

Children’s behaviour can be very puzzling; why would a boy prefer to hang upside down over the chair in silence than do an assessment, or play with Lego? Why did two eleven-year olds (who can use words) have a ‘conversation’ in screeches while taking turns to scribble on a chalk board? There are often a […]

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Language disorders and bilingualism – challenging myths and prejudices

Updated recommendations The Royal College of Speech and Language therapists (RCSLT) have launched their new website. The tablet and mobile-friendly site features Clinical Guidelines, including the new Bilingualism Clinical Guidelines. Members can access the full document, which details typical bilingualism and speech, language and communication needs in the bilingual context. This brings together much of […]

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