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

Wednesday 16 May 2018

SEND and Disability conference 2018

A big thank you to everyone who came to our seminar at the SEND and Disability Conference in Edgbaston today- sorry some of you had to sit on the floor. Who knew our presentation would be so popular!! You can view the presentation here

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Wednesday 9 May 2018

GDPR Compliance

Soundswell have been working hard to review and update all of our polices and procedures in line with the new GDPR legislation.

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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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Monday 18 December 2017

Bold Beginnings: will your Reception children be ready for the rigours of Year 1?

November 2017 saw the publication of HMC’s recently commissioned Ofsted-wide review of the curriculum. The report [Bold Beginnings www.gov.uk/ofsted] focuses on the Reception Year and how the best settings prepare their four and five-year-olds for the future, not only in terms of education, but also for life. Read on to learn how and why language skills are critical for future success.

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Friday 27 October 2017

Universal Screening in Early Years

Early Universal Screening Can Help Address Speech And Language Issues Before The Damage Is Done

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Monday 7 August 2017

Language Difficulties Limit Life Chances

Most children with SEN have speech, language and communication needs.By starting School without the language they need in order to learn they are disadvantaged from the very start.

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Friday 2 June 2017


Soundswell's SWAP training workshop includes:- • How to implement a two-way communication system using symbols with individuals who may have limited communication skills or unclear speech • The six phases of a two-way symbol-based communication system including where to start and when to move on to the next phase • Lots of practical experience of each phase

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Sunday 7 May 2017


Use your speech and language therapy service to help Measure Impact

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Saturday 5 August 2017


Huge funding cuts could mean that scarce specialist services like Speech & Language therapy are seen as a luxury schools can no longer afford. By the time you read this you will know the % cut to the budget for your school or setting. The Senior Leadership Team will be faced with big (and probably unpopular) decisions. At Soundswell we positively encourage schools and settings to take ownership of as much as they can themselves – leaving only the most complex children to be managed by the therapist. Yes, it is possible – we need to work as a team, think differently and pool resources.

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Sunday 30 April 2017

How should pupils with SEND be assessed & do speech and language therapists have a role to support schools with the process?

The Rochford Review was set up last Summer to review the statutory assessment arrangements for children working below the National Curriculum test standard and their report (making 10 recommendations) came out last October. Whilst not statutory, the timing is right to revisit Rochford’s list as it will form part of a comprehensive review of Primary assessment – which is due to take place this Spring. The Review’s main focus is what to do in terms of assessment for those children who are not able to cover the programmes of work leading to SATs – i.e. those working at ‘P’ levels.

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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Taking the Independent Route

Read Diana's letter to the Editor of Bulletin, the magazine of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

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Sunday 19 March 2017


Do you want to build capacity for your existing staff to support SLCN in your setting? Soundswell offer a range of courses to help you develop your staff group and build skills and knowledge around SLCN .

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Saturday 4 March 2017

'Labels can be liberating for children with a language disorder’

The fact that there are many, many children with ‘language difficulties’ is not news to either therapists or educationalists. Now, new and practical research from leaders in the field clarifies and simplifies terminology with the aim of getting chidden the help they need.

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Friday 27 January 2017

first class provision

We asked our friends at Chandos to tell us what they think of our service, here is a sample of what their lovely SENCo Helen said:- When asked how she would sum up Soundswell in 3 words Helen simply said:- FIRST CLASS PROVISION ! Read on to find out more about how Soundswell have helped support pupils with SLCN in Chandos

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Monday 28 November 2016

Speech & Language Therapy delivery into Special Schools: Welcome to the Beaufort model.

Over the past few weeks Beaufort Special school has had a team of Soundswell speech and language therapists working alongside staff at every point in the school day: at playtime, at lunchtime and spending time in every class.

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Monday 28 November 2016

Nelson Mandela Community Primary School wins a National Award- Best use of a an external professional to support working with SEN

Sue Wakefield (Senco at Nelson Mandela Community Primary school) and seen here on the left, writes about their successful entry into the 2016 Root Of It awards. The Nelson Mandela professional chosen was Speech and Language Therapist Diana McQueen (second from the right) who – with her colleague Jo Williams runs Soundswell Limited – a company providing speech and language therapy to a growing number of schools across Birmingham.

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Sunday 27 November 2016

Postive Comments for Soundswell !!

We recently ran a Survey for our schools, with the aim of improving our service. We were bowled over by the positive feedback we received read on to find out more.

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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Feedback from 'Harnessing the TA workforce' course

Read how participants felt after attending Soundswell's delivered a practical training session about making best use of teaching assistants. If you'd like to book a similar session just get in touch ! info@soundswellspeech.com

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Sunday 2 April 2017

Spring term Makaton

Read what delegates on the Makaton course this term thought about their experience

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