As part of the national Giving Voice campaign, Salisbury therapists will give people an opportunity find out more about speech and language difficulties and the value of communication at several interactive events at the Salisbury Playhouse.
On Saturday, October 22 between 2pm and 4pm the team will hold a free, drop in fun activity afternoon at the Playhouse for babies and pre school children. The activities are all based on supporting and developing children’s communication skills in every day play activities and children can try arts and crafts, enjoy story time and learn to sing and sign.
The team will also be on hand in the theatre before the evening play on October 20, 21 and 22. As well as information about all forms of support available locally, there will be some equipment to try out. Salisbury MP John Glen has shown his support for the Giving Voice campaign saying why he thinks communication is so important. His message, alongside those of children and adults who have had speech therapy, will be played in the Playhouse foyer. The public will be invited to contribute their voice to the Campaign too by devising their own ‘speech bubble’ to add to a display.
Around 2.5 million people in the UK have speech, language or communication needs (SLCN) which can have a dramatic impact on the quality of their life. Over 1 million children have long term and persistent SLCN which can lead to poor educational achievement and underdevelopment of the key skills that they need to reach their full potential. Many stroke survivors can have communication and swallowing difficulties and around 700,000 people with dementia have an SLCN.
Speech and language therapist Sandra Treslove said: “Communication plays a vital role in every-body’s life. We hope that these events will help to raise awareness of the challenges some children and adults face with their communication, and the variety of ways in which speech and language therapists can provide support.“
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170