2020 is a special year for SBT as it’s our 10th anniversary – and in this special bumper edition of our newsletter, we look back at some of the highlights, as well as catch up with past employees to find out what they’re up to and what their favourite memories are of their time at SBT.
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Every year, as part of our commitment to lifelong learning in the field of speech and language therapy, SBT is pleased to offer a series of student grants for individuals undertaking training to become a Speech and Language Therapist.
Sarah Buckley Therapies has been at the forefront of SLT practice in response to Covid-19. Throughout the crisis, SBT has been continuing to offer Speech and Language Therapy to schools as usual, offering our partner schools a complete remote SALT service.
Support has been delivered at home in different ways depending on the individual needs of the child and family. This has included teletherapy, remote homework packs, regular parent training/liaison and access to resources. Our therapists have attended multidisciplinary meetings remotely to liaise with colleagues and continued to support the children we work with.
Our plan is to resume face to face service with clients in September and our practice manager Sarah Buckley, in her capacity as acting vice-chair of ASLTIP, has been instrumental in authoring the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ new guidance for therapists on using PPE to provide therapy to clients.
Normally, at this time of year, you’d have had a chance to meet us at the annual SLT graduate recruitment fair, so this year, we thought we’d offer you a chance to do the same – virtually, at our own online jobs fair.
Want to join our friendly team? SBT is looking to take on two newly qualified SLTs for a September 2020 start.
Check out our jobs page to find out more, as well as all the benefits that SBT can offer you. Early applications preferred!
SBT is sensitive to the current unique situation that final year Speech and Language Therapy students face as they approach the end of their training. We understand that the Covid-19 situation means that final placements and learning are being delivered in different, creative and innovative ways.
We would like to reassure you that we will bear this in mind should you decide to apply for a position with SBT both during the application process but also when designing your induction and during the initial three months of working with us.
This would normally be the time of year when SBT would be opening up applications for our Student Grants. However, unfortunately, the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions mean we will be deferring until September 2020. Applications will open on 1 September instead.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in the grant, please email [email protected]. The new closing date for applications will be 31 October.
SBT is currently providing a full service to schools via teletherapy and to extend that service further, we have created a new YouTube channel that will have video resources for parents and teachers to use at home. Subscribe to the channel to make sure you stay up to date with all our latest content!
Two SBT SLTs, Michelle and Rochelle, are both conducting studies for their Master’s Degrees at the moment, with the support of SBT, and we have just started a collaboration with Abbie Moran, an SLT and PhD student at City University.
Abbie’s PhD study is investigating the impact of DLD on working memory development in six to 10 year olds. She is hoping to recruit 80 children with DLD and to compare them to 80 typically developing children. So far, she has tested around 30 children with DLD, but is hoping to recruit more – something with which SBT is helping her.
Abbie had a student placement with SBT seven years ago and it’s great to be working with her again.
But this summer we’ll be welcoming some ‘new Abbies’, as we’ll be taking a group of UCL undergraduates on placement. They’ll get to practise assessment, observation, Year 6 transition and discharge, review and discharge, creating therapy target outcomes, and working with resources.
We’re looking forward to hosting them – and maybe helping them with their own PhDs in seven years’ time!