SBT and Covid

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.

Come and work for SBT in September!

The SBT team

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.

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SBT Student Grants delayed until September

Student Grants 2019

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.

How to help your child learn at home during the coronavirus outbreak

It’s March 2020. As I write this, the coronavirus is affecting the entire globe. Schools in the UK are poised to close to all children, except those who are the most vulnerable, or who have parents who are key workers.

Many families are self-isolating already. Nearly every single family in the UK is facing the prospect of educating their children at home as of this week.

When I am at the school gates waiting to pick up my own children, I am hearing so much anxiety from parents and carers. Some people are already off and grappling with getting their children to do their maths work. They say that it is… a challenge.

Parents and carers of children with speech, language and communication needs may find this challenge is even greater. So here are some top tips on how to support your child’s engagement in learning activities.

Continue reading “How to help your child learn at home during the coronavirus outbreak”

The SBT Spring Term 2020 newsletter is now available

In the eighth edition of our newsletter we have all of this in store for you:

  • Olivia Walker to be SBT secondary lead
  • Sarah Buckley named ASLTIP vice-chair
  • Recent training at SBT
  • Vacancies at SBT
  • Our next Communication Booster course
  • DLD research at SBT

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Sarah Buckley appointed vice-chair of ASLTIP


SBT’s founder and practice manager Sarah Buckley has been appointed acting vice-chair of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).

As vice-chair, Sarah will be involved in many strategic aspects of ASLTIP, including helping to develop ASLTIP’s strategic plan with the chair, providing input into and reviewing its business development plan, helping the chair to deliver the ASLTIP Uni Tour, and assisting in the organisation of local groups’ national study and collaborative partnership day.

ASLTIP provides information and a contact point for members of the public searching for a private speech and language therapists. For its members, ASLTIP provides support and information on working as a independent speech and language therapist in the UK.

DLD research at SBT – and summer student placements

Speech Therapist Helps The Girl How To Pronounce The Sounds

SBT is passionate about providing the best support possible to children with developmental language disorder (DLD). We also want to ensure that children receive evidence-based therapy, which is why we are also committed to supporting research.

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!