Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Developing Language and Speech; JOB TITLE: Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Early Years) with NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Developing Language and Speech; JOB TITLE: Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Early Years) with NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services

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NAME: Maxine Manning AGE: 46

WHERE DO YOU WORK? At Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields, and in schools, nurseries and children's centres in South Tyneside. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? I work mostly with pre-school children who have a whole range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

I work directly with children and their carers and provide advice and targets for nursery nurses and education staff.

I also provide informal training in Makaton (signing) to support the communication needs of some children. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES YOU NEED FOR THIS TYPE OF WORK? Good observation and analytical skills are important, as well as being flexible and adaptable.

A therapist also needs to be able to relate to people on a variety of different levels.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS PROFESSION? I had to think about that question! About 17 years, with breaks for having children.

WHERE DID YOU TRAIN AND WHAT DID THAT TRAINING INVOLVE? I trained at Leeds Metropolitan University, where I got a Bachelor's Degree. The course covered anatomy, psychology, theory of brain function, speech and language acquisition, developmental and acquired communication disorders and how to transcribe oral sounds using the international phonetic alphabet. …

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