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Friday 11th March – what a day! With 450 delegates registered, we know that at any one time there were nearly half of these people gathered around computers, in their homes, schools, staffrooms and offices to join in with The Link Live 2022. Following the success of last year’s remote speech, language and communication (SLC) CPD event, it was agreed that 2022 could offer even more, with further special guests and national and international speakers and a focus on a whole school approach.

The day kicked off with Professor Judy Clegg describing the importance of recognising and supporting teenagers and young adults with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Baasit Siddiqui, of Gogglebox fame and previously a teacher, talked about digital storytelling and how pupils’ confidence can be supported by using a range of digital methods to further develop their oral communication skills. OT Kim Griffin’s link from Australia held up and we were enthralled to hear about the connection between physical development and communication development, along with how you can support one of these aspects at the same time as supporting the other.

The live chat buzzed throughout with enthusiastic delegates keen to share their thoughts and ask questions. The lunch break provided an opportunity for delegates to visit the EXPO area, say hello to the Speech and Language Link team and check out nasen, Axcis Education and the other exhibitor booths.

In the afternoon, Dr Sarah Spencer described in detail her work with SLCN students in secondary schools. We were in for a huge treat when author, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen mesmerised the audience with his passion and love of words. He helped us to remember poems and rhymes from our childhood and talked about how to encourage this love of language across all groups of children, while developing vocabulary and investigating ‘secret strings’ – you will have to watch to find out!

We also heard from East Sussex’s Sandra Bowen and SaLT Louise Bingham about their first-hand experiences of how Speech and Language Link programmes are used across East Sussex and the research which demonstrates their effectiveness. The afternoon was rounded off by Dr Sam Weld-Blundell who looked at the link between communication and emotional development in the under 5s.

For everyone who did make it and for those who watched afterwards, I’m sure you will agree that there really was something for everyone!

Save the date!

The Link Live 2023 will be held online on Friday 10th March 2023.

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