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Soundswell therapists are working in a wide range of settings across the West Midlands. We are involved in lots of activities - read more about what we have been up to here!

Sunday 20 December 2020

Life in Lockdown

Hayley and Sophie wrote about their experience of keeping a service going in a Primary School during the first pandemic - to read the full article published in our professional journal just click below

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Monday 16 November 2020


Hi there. I am Shahzeb, qualified as SLT in 2012. I've worked for 4 years in NHS Children's teams clinics and schools, and a few years in independent practice. I'm currently learning a 4th language - yeah I know I'm a glutton for punishment !

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Sunday 15 November 2020

Meet Nicky C

Nicky’s background was in business, sales and export after getting lower A level grades than she needed to study speech and language therapy, she studied business and foreign languages as her first degree.

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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Positive outcomes from challenging times

We all know that times have been very challenging for everyone working in education and health this year, but at a recent 'virtual team meeting' with Soundswell therapists it was great to hear some positive feedback

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Monday 1 January 0001


Soundswell's Covid -19 Risk assessment

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Friday 11 September 2020

Lockdown Lessons or how we Kept Calm and Carried on !

So, the new term is finally here and we’re all desperate to get into schools to start seeing our colleagues and the children whom we have missed so much. It’s been a funny old year (isn’t that most overused phrase ever!), and now seems a good time to ponder what lessons are there for us to take from this oddest of odd years

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Wednesday 10 June 2020

Teach children to be successful communicators - staying safe

Within recent days we have risen to the challenge of showing school staff how they can help children to communicate effectively and be socially distanced. This is a pretty tall order – but also very important. Social distancing is unlikely to disappear within the foreseeable future – so just how do we get beyond children just ‘shouting louder’ to make themselves heard? Read on to find out….

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Wednesday 3 June 2020

Emerging from lockdown – with more tools in our toolboxes

Soundswell Speech and Language Therapy Solutions offer exactly that…. Solutions. Finding innovative answers to tricky scenarios presented to us by schools and other settings is what gets us up in the morning, from …how to address SLCN on a whole school basis with a budget of 2 buttons and a polo mint found in a chair in the staff room to …how to engage with a secondary age pupil with significant SLCN, low self-esteem and mental health difficulties The Corona Virus Lockdown presented us with a few new and unforeseen challenges, read on to find out how we adapted and have survived !!

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Friday 29 May 2020

Speech and Language therapy in the ‘new world’ of social distancing

In the coming days school staff will face one of the biggest challenges of their careers. Back to school but not as it was? There will be many competing priorities and all must be met within the context of social distancing. Read on to see how Soundswell therapists will continue to deliver high-quality and effective services to support both staff and children ….

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Thursday 26 March 2020

Remote training for teaching staff: " It's good for the soul"

Like of our colleagues in Education and Health, Soundswell therapists have been busy working on new ways to 'keep calm and carry on'. Sophie and Hayley worked with the senior leadership team at Nelson Mandela Primary to set up 2 remote training session this week- and there's more to come!!

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Monday 9 November 2020

Are you making the most of the training you commission?

Training comes in many forms ( face to face or remote) – from the formal inset planned many weeks ahead, through to twilights or much more informal small group topics you hold in-house. Whatever your topic and whoever your provider, make sure you get the most out of the sessions. Read on to find out how this works at Soundswell..….

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Sunday 17 March 2019

Meet Bryony !

Hi, my name is Bryony Aitken and I’m an independent Speech and Language Therapist based in the West Midlands. I work with Soundswell and run my own company Speech Spot Ltd, supporting children who have a range of Speech, Language and Communication Needs in primary schools, homes, nurseries and secondary schools.

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Thursday 5 November 2020

Some children failing to acquire phonics do so because of poor phonological awareness skills – what can we do to help?

Phonics teaching is systematic, rigorous and a cornerstone of the curriculum from the beginning of Reception. The phonics test at the end of year 1 is the final hurdle. For the majority of children this approach works; they acquire phonics and are able to successfully build and blend - picking up phonological awareness knowledge and skills along the way.

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Monday 23 September 2019

Meet Hayley !

Hayley has worked for Soundswell for 4 years now. Find out what Hayley's biggest challenge is and what makes her giggle at work

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Monday 2 November 2020

Attention & listening difficulties – a universal problem?

The value of early language screening at a universal level cannot be over-estimated. Proactive, quality Early Years settings routinely screen their new intakes, (Wellcomm by gl-assessment is the language screening tool of choice in many settings), and put in place appropriate interventions. But … it’s becoming more evident, particularly with the arrival of 2 year-olds, that some children are just not ready to be either reliably screened or to benefit from an intervention group. Who are these children and what can we do to help?

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Wednesday 11 July 2018


I worked for the NHS as a speech and language therapist ( SaLT) for 24 years before starting my own practice providing services to schools and families. In a very short space of time I was fully booked and that's when I called my trusted colleague Diana- and Soundswell was born!!

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Saturday 2 June 2018


If you are thinking of Speech & Language Therapy as a career, read Sophie's advice about how to get started

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Tuesday 8 May 2018

Meet more of the team !

Nicki tell us her top tip for parents:- It’s really worrying for parents when their children aren’t saying as much as they think they should and there can be a tendency for adults to talk more, ask more questions, fill the silences as a well-meaning method of helping. I would say, relax (if you can), stand back and watch your child to see what they enjoy playing with, looking at, are interested in. You can then add in words/ short phrases to label what the child is holding/ playing with and comment on what they are doing. Allow lots of pauses and count to 10 to allow your child to time to respond.

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Monday 26 March 2018

Meet the team 2 !

In the second of our 'meet the team' articles, Emily describes how she started her career and what are her biggest challenges.

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Sunday 25 February 2018

Meet the Team

Denise Charnock has worked with Soundswell for about 2 years now, read on to find out what advice she would give to worried parents and anyone considering speech & language therapy as a career

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