A new Communication Booster training course for those working with ASD

Communication boosters

The first SBT Communication Booster of 2020 will be ‘ASD – introduction to ASD and working within the classroom’ and we are now taking bookings from interested schools.

The course will be held in SBT’s offices on Friday 24th April at 2.30pm. The price for each course is £25 per person.

Communication Boosters are training courses designed to provide a combination of information, strategies and top tips to support communication through fun, informative and practical sessions.

Download the Communication Booster Booking Form and return it to us by email or post to request your place.

SBT staff get the latest training – and offer it, too!

Shape Coding

The past few weeks have seen SBT’s staff going on several training courses. Catherine attended a two-day course for SLTs on how to run fluency groups using the Swindon model at The Swindon Centre at the end of October. We’re very much looking forward to Catherine sharing what she’s learnt with the team!

Meanwhile, last week, Sally, Rochelle and Michelle attended a course on Shape Coding in Oxted.

Says Michelle: “The Shape Coding Course was a very interesting and engaging learning experience. The course captured many different ways that language disorders present and the variety of ways that the Shape Coding system can help to provide effective support. It was also very interactive; we had many opportunities to have a go at working with the Shape Coding system ourselves. I feel a lot more empowered to incorporate this area of intervention into my caseload, going forward.”

During Half Term, Sarah Buckley delivered another of SBT’s Work Experience workshops. These are designed to help you decide whether a career in speech and language therapy is right for you and increase your readiness to undertake training to become a speech and language therapist.

The response was great, with feedback including “Very informative and enjoyable,” “This has confirmed that this is the career I want,” and “I enjoyed the workshop and look forward to shadowing.”

We’re looking forward to attendees returning to shadow some of our therapists action and to put into practice what they learnt at the workshop.

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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Two new Communication Booster courses for Summer Term

Communication boosters

SBT is going to hold two new Communication Booster training courses in Summer Term. Communication Boosters are designed to provide a combination of information, strategies and top tips to support communication through fun, informative and practical sessions.

This term’s courses are:


1pm-3pm, 3rd May

Non-verbal ASD

1pm-3pm, 5th July

Both courses will be held in Bromley Central Library (High Street, Bromley BR1 1EX). The price for each course is £25 per person.

Download the Communication Booster Booking Form and return it to us by email or post to request your place.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Communication Booster on Friday

Communication boosters

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Communication Booster training package, which Shivani delivered on vocabulary-building on Friday. It was a great turn-out: we had TAs, LSAs and SENCos from Bromley and south-east London schools, as well as SLT students from City, University of London.

The Communications Booster participants
Shivani Lad with course attendees

The course provided a brief overview of how we acquire language, along with some helpful hints and tips to support SLCN in both primary and secondary schools. It was lovely to hear that our attendees will be looking to come along to our future Communication Boosters.

We hope that with the resources we provided, you can apply your newly learnt skills in the classroom.

Upcoming Boosters

Topic: Narrative
Date: 1pm-3pm, 3rd May

Topic: Non-verbal ASD
Date: 1pm-3pm, 5th July

£25 per person
Whole-school training is also available for a minimum of 20 people. Please contact us to get more information on pricing.

Congratulations to Sarah Buckley on passing the first year of her MBA


Sarah Buckley's MBA certificate

Huge congratulations to our practice manager, Sarah Buckley, who’s just received her Postgraduate Certificate In Business Administration for completing the first year of her MBA.  Sarah not only passed but earned a superior ‘merit’ rating, thanks to her high marks across the year.

Sarah has been studying with the Open University since November 2017, which is ranked:

As well as six distance learning assignments covering everything from HR to finance, Sarah had to attend a residential school and sit a three-hour exam.

Year two has already started, though, so there’s no let up. Best of luck this year, Sarah!

Dates announced for work experience interactive workshops

We will be running interactive workshops for those individuals who are planning to apply for a speech and language therapy course or are curious about the profession as a whole and want to know more.

The workshops will be held at our office in Bromley on the following dates at a cost of only £30:

  • 21st September 2018: 2.00-3.30pm
  • 22nd March 2019: 2:00-3.30pm

More details are available here. If you’re interested, please email [email protected]

Placement and Work Experience

Placement and Work Experience

This summer term we have had the pleasure of welcoming two students to our workplace where they have experienced what working in Private Practice looks like.


As part of some Speech and Language Therapy courses, students take part in a block of placement during their studies, in a clinical setting. Over a number of years Sarah Buckley Therapies has offered placement opportunities to students from UCL and City Universities and this year we welcomed Holli, SLT student from City University.

This is what Holli had to say about her experience with us:

“I am thoroughly enjoying my time working with the team at Sarah Buckley Therapies; the ongoing support and enthusiasm has developed my confidence as a soon to qualify Speech and Language Therapist, by increasing my independence and autonomy when delivering therapy and administering assessment. The support and advice I have gained from my Practice Educators has been invaluable, and I feel lucky to have shared my last placement as a student SLT with such an encouraging and collaborative team.”

Continue reading “Placement and Work Experience”

Lifelong Learning by Caitlyn Chandler

Sarah Buckley Therapies & Lifelong Learning

Here at Sarah Buckley Therapies we are committed to promoting excellence in the field of speech and language therapy. This means that we value ongoing learning and skill development. We do this through placing a strong emphasis on continuing professional development for our own therapists at our practice and through offering a wide range of training and learning opportunities for others working with children with speech, language and communication needs. This blog is just one of the ways that we like to share ideas and strategies to support children’s speech, language and communication development.

We offer a range of learning and training opportunities for individuals at any stage of their speech and language career, whether you’re just embarking on your journey to becoming a speech and language therapist or are a qualified therapist looking to develop new skills.

We are also committed to providing quality training to parents, carers or those who work with children in schools. We know that we can have the greatest impact on children’s speech, language and communication development by upskilling those who support the child on a daily basis: parents, carers and teaching staff.

At the moment training opportunities that we offer include:

  • A work experience programme for individuals who are interested in speech and language therapy as a career
  • Communication Booster workshops for speech and language therapy students and prospective students
  • Communication Booster workshops for school staff
  • Communication Booster workshops for parents/carers
  • Makaton training for teaching staff and speech and language therapists
  • Makaton training for parents/carers

We are continually expanding the range of learning opportunities that we offer. For more information, please see our training and work experience pages. You can keep in touch with us to find out about upcoming training opportunities through following us on Facebook (@SBSpeechTherapy), Twitter (@SBSpeechTherapy) and by checking our website.

Caitlyn Chandler

Speech and Language Therapist