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!

The SBT Summer Term newsletter is now available

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

  • The launch of the 2019-2020 SBT Student Grants scheme
  • Canadian student Alison writes about her placement with us
  • Upcoming training
  • What we did for the RCSLT and ICAN #PhotoChallenge

You can read all of that in the newsletter above or download it as a PDF.

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Good luck to Alison!

Alison Yildirok
Alison Yildirok

SBT has been delighted to have Alison Yildirok with us for the past month. Alison is a first-year master’s student in speech-language pathology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She wrote to us in September last year, asking if we would be willing to host her ‘practicum’ placement in the UK.

Alison wanted to get a sense of what it would be like to work and live in London and to immerse herself in its culture and lifestyle. She also wanted to see what if she would like to work as an SLT in the UK when she qualified.

We were delighted to accept her on our student placement programme and our student coordinator, Sophie Hay, was able to organise the necessary permissions for her to work with our therapists in some of our schools.

Alison says: “It has been such a privilege to work at Sarah Buckley Therapies for the past four weeks. I learned so much working alongside this amazing team of clinicians, who have supported and challenged me throughout my placement. I am coming away from this experience with an expanded skillset and stronger clinical instincts that I will carry through to my future practice.”

Sadly (for us!), Alison now to return to Canada to continue her course. Good luck with the rest of your studies, Alison – it’s been a pleasure and an honour to have you here!

SBT at the London SLT Student Placements Partnership annual workshop

Making student placements work

Last week, SBT practice manager Sarah Buckley represented the independent speech and language therapy sector at the annual practice educators’ workshop ‘Collaboration and Innovation in Practice Education’, hosted at UCL’s Chandler House.

The only independent speech and language therapist speaking at the event, Sarah gave one of the afternoon presentations: ‘Making student placements work in the private sector.’

During her talk, Sarah explained why independent practices should offer students placements, the differences between NHS and independent placements, and best practice in managing placement schemes. She also highlighted SBT’s student placement offer, which includes:

  • Ad hoc observation days for work experience
  • Overseas placements
  • Research projects
  • Screening initiatives

Other speakers included Jodie Davies from Whittington Health on sharing experiences and professional skills, Nina Bury from Homerton Hospital NHS Trust on providing positive placements, and UCL’s Sarah Nash on multidisciplinary placements in special schools.

Student placement offers

SBT student placements

SBT has its own student coordinator, Sophie Hay, and this academic year, Sophie has already organised two student placements:

  • Gemma, who is on the second year of an MSc at City University, and was with us from September through to April.
  • Alison, from McGill University in Canada, is currently on a 20-day placement with us until June.

However, they won’t be the last this year, we’re sure!