20th May 2024

Walk to School Week 20-24th May 2024: The Magic of Walking

The first ever walk to school week took place in 1995, with a small number of schools taking part in Hertfordshire, raising awareness of the impact of transport on the environment. In 1996, the campaign was launched nationally by the Pedestrian Association (now known as Living Streets) and Travelwise, before being launched internationally in 2000. Each year, Living Streets launch a theme for walk to school week, along with daily challenges. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Walking”.


There are many benefits of walking, instead of jumping in the car to travel to school, some of these can include:


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8th May 2024

Making Your Classroom Communication-Friendly: Tips from a Speech and Language Therapist

There are many ways we can support a child’s speech, language and communication needs within the classroom. Communication is everyone’s business! Here are some tips you can follow to make your classroom more communication friendly.

Create Visual Supports: Visual aids are a game-changer for students with communication difficulties. Consider using visual schedules, picture cards, and labelled classroom materials to support understanding and communication. Visuals provide clarity and structure, helping all students, especially those with language challenges, to follow along and participate actively.

Use Clear and Simple Language:

10th April 2024

Embracing Digital Documentation for a Greener Future

Imagine a world of paperwork, endless files, and a weight of guilt about the environmental impact of our practices. As all Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists can relate to, we found ourselves amidst stacks of case notes, assessment paperwork, therapy targets, and more, realising that our paper-heavy practices weren't aligning with a vision of a healthier planet.

Recognising the need for change, a collective concern emerged among our WMSLT team. We weren't alone in wanting to make a positive shift – not just for our own well-being but for the bigger picture of global environmental health.

The solution? Digital documentation. Transition

15th March 2024

15TH March World Sleep Day

This week is sleep awareness week (10-16th March), with the 15th March being ‘World Sleep Day’.  Sleep is an important daily occupation, and is crucial to our physical and mental health, along with our emotional wellbeing.  It has been identified that primary school children require 9 to 12 hours sleep, teenagers 8-10, and adults 7 or more hours (The Sleep Foundation, 2024). Children and young people require more sleep to support growth and development.

Getting a good nights sleep has many health benefits, these can include:

The OT team at WMSLT has been busy delivering school and parent workshops this term! Read more about it on the link below!

WMSLT OT Newsletter Spring 24

12th March 2024

WMSLT SaLT Spring 2024 Newsletter

Check out WMSLT termly SaLT newsletter to find out the latest updates from our SaLT team, key dates coming up, and our ‘Shine a Light’ award!

WMSLT Spring newsletter 2024

4th March 2024

The Impact of Nursery Rhymes and Reading on Speech and Language Development Across All Ages

As soon as our children are born, we are encouraged to sing nursery rhymes and read to them. Far from just being sources of entertainment, these age-old traditions have a profound impact on a child's communication skills from a speech and language therapy perspective.

Phonological Awareness: The Building Blocks of Speech

Nursery rhymes, with their playful rhymes and repetitive patterns, lay the groundwork for developing phonological awareness. This skill, crucial for speech and language development, involves recognizing and manipulating the sounds of language. The rhythm of nursery rhymes enhances a child's sensitivity to these sounds, setting

20th February 2024

My Voice Matters: Celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

The 5th-11th February 2024 was Children’s Mental Health Week, with the theme: "My Voice Matters." At WMSLT, we're passionate about empowering children and young people to express themselves confidently, and so this theme resonates with us.

Why "My Voice Matters"?

This theme isn’t just about speaking up—it’s about ensuring that every child feels heard, valued, and empowered to share their thoughts and feelings. As parents, teachers, healthcare professionals (and more!), you play a crucial role in nurturing children’s emotional well-being, and encouraging them to find their voice.

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29th January 2024

Development Sequencing and Storytelling Skills in Children: A Speech and Language Therapy Perspective

Within life, the ability to sequence events and tell narratives is a crucial skill for children. Whether it is to create their own stories or simply to tell you what they did in their day, children are constantly needing to use their language skills. Developing sequencing and storytelling skills can significantly contribute to a child's overall language development. In this blog post, we'll explore practical tips and activities that parents and educators can implement in the classroom to support children of all ages in enhancing these essential skills. Understanding Sequencing Sequencing involves organizing events or ideas in a logical order. This skill is fundamental for comprehending stories, following instructions, and expressing oneself clearly. Speech and langua

21st January 2024

University Placement at WMSLT: A student reflection of placement!

Making the most of placement for professional growth: from a Level 5 Student SLT Placement is an extremely important and helpful experience, and it is key for our growth as student SLTs with professional development through practice. Here are my tips on making the most of your placement to ensure professional development

  • Ensure a positive supervisor-student relationship: having this will ensure you feel supported, encouraged, and comfortable with sharing any worries – you should know you have someone to talk to if any extra support is required or if any issues should arise with your educator.
  • Communicate: discuss your aims, goals, and learning styles with your practice educator(s) at the start of the practice placement to ensure you are

15th December 2023

NEW: WMSLT OT Autumn Newsletter 2023

Check out WMSLT NEW OT termly newsletter! Meet our OT team, read about the OT service WMSLT can provide, and how we celebrated OT awareness week, November 23. WMSLT OT Autumn newsletter 2023

15th December 2023

WMSLT SaLT Autumn Newsletter 2023

Check out WMSLT termly SaLT newsletter to find out the latest updates from our SaLT team, key dates coming up, and our 'Shine a Light' award!

WMSLT Autumn newsletter 2023

16th November 2023

Navigating Career Progression at WMSLT

At WMSLT, we believe in fostering a supportive work environment that allows our Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists to grow both personally and professionally. As you consider a career with us, we hope our transparency will provide you with the essential information to understand the different roles. Newly Qualified Practitioner – Band 5: NQPs start their journey at Band 5. At WMSLT, we offer a comprehensive support system to help our NQPs transition smoothly into their roles. This initial banding provides a solid foundation for gaining hands-on experience across a range of paediatric clinical settings. Junior 1 Grade – Mid Band 5 (1-3 years’ experience): As our therapists gain experience, they progress to the Junio

6th November 2023

WMSLT Summer Newsletter 2023

Check out WMSLT termly newsletter to find out the latest updates from our team, key dates coming up, and our OT resource of the term! WMSLT Newsletter Summer 23

6th November 2023

WMSLT Termly Newsletter Spring 2023

Check out WMSLT termly newsletter to find out the latest updates from our team, key dates coming up, and our OT resource of the term! WMSLT Newsletter Spring 23

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