I am a Speech-language therapist

TTANZ’s team values the highly supportive network of speech-language therapists in NZ and the relationships we have with those working overseas. We have received incredible encouragement and support for the work we have been doing in new areas for NZ. We want to continue to learn from others and encourage SLTs to get interested and involved.

If you are an SLT, keep in touch with us via the Special Interest Group or contact us directly to discuss issues relating to your work. We can provide one off advice sessions in person or over the phone, and we also provide regular clinical supervision services.

If you’ve been asked to do something in a legal context, and you would like more information or support you can talk to us.

Special Interest Group

The Special Interest Group (SIG) is for those Speech-language therapists (SLTs) working with vulnerable children and young people. This covers those with emotional, behavioural, or mental health difficulties, or those involved with care and protection or youth justice services.

This group is open to any SLT in NZ (or from overseas) and is free to join. It meets about every 2 – 3 months in Auckland for 2 hours, with a number of people dialing in via Zoom and those who cannot attend in person receiving minutes and updates. This growing group (over 150 members on the mailing list) provides an exciting opportunity for SLTs in NZ to make sure that the language and communication needs of our most vulnerable children and young people are recognised and addressed. The SIG provides a way of sharing ideas, research, resources and best practice. All SLTs are welcome, whether directly involved with vulnerable children and youth or just interested. Contact us to find out more or fill in the form on the right/below to join the SIG mailing list.

The first meeting of this SIG took place in 21 April 2015.

Next meeting:

Snapshots from visits to SLTs in care & project/justice settings in the UK.

Alayne McKee (Winston Churchill Fellow) and Sally Kedge, both from Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ

  • Monday, 3 September 2018
  • Tamaki Campus Building 730 Room 266, University of Auckland.
  • The presentation will start at 4.30pm and will finish after discussion by 6pm. (room available from 4pm for networking). 

In April this year, Alayne McKee, one of Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ’s SLTs used the Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship she had been awarded for a whirlwind trip in the UK to visit a wide range of projects related to speech-language therapy and care and protection/justice. Sally Kedge joined Alayne on this trip using her NZSTA Giving Voice Aotearoa Award and the Marion Saunders Award for the presentation by Alayne and Sally on the Youth Justice Oranga Tamariki Communication Projects at the NZSTA Symposium.

Alayne and Sally will discuss the information they gained from

  • visiting SLTs working in prisons, specialist children’s homes, youth justice community teams, specialist teams working with children in care,
  • from experts on ‘hearing children’s voices’ and ensuring safeguarding/wellbeing concerns are heard, and also
  • from those who work as ‘intermediaries’ with the Police and Courts with people who are witnesses and defendants.

Sally also attended the NAPLIC conference and Intermediaries for Justice Conference, and Alayne and Sally presented at events at Sheffield University, Lancaster University, Queen Margaret University and at Talking Mats in Scotland and will talk about some of the amazing presentations they heard at these events.

All SLTs welcome. No charge. Please RSVP.

Joining in by teleconference: We’ll send out Zoom information nearer the time for anyone who wants to join in via teleconference. Thanks for being patient with Zoom. It is amazing when it works but never seems to go completely smoothly!

If you are an SLT and would like to present a case/topic/research/article for 30 – 45 minutes or for the full meeting in a future SIG, please contact sallykedge@talkingtroublenz.org

 

Past meetings

22 March 2018 Graham Barnes from Shine: Making Homes Violence Free provided an overview for understanding family violence and how it impacts on children and families. Graham kindly made his slides and handout available electronically to SIG members. These documents can be downloaded from this page which is password protected. The password was emailed to SLTs on the SIG mailing list or you can request this by emailing sallykedge@talkingtroublenz.org

30 November 2017 Sharon Rickard, Psychologist from Te Aho Tapu Trust discussed ‘Engaging Whānau and Tamariki Māori’

31 July 2017 Julia Wright, SLT presented case studies relating to her work with children involved with care and protection services.

11 April 2017 Dr Colette Muir, Paediatrician presented about what SLTs need to know about what Paediatricians do and how SLTs and Paediatricians can best work together. Her slides can be viewed School Age Child with ADHD, Learning Difficulties Colette Muir for SLT SIG 11 April 2017

7 February 2017 Mark Stephenson discussed the issues that arise for young people with language and communication needs from the perspective of having been a teacher, SLT and court-appointed Communication Assistant. He has worked extensively in NZ with children and young people involved with care and protection and youth justice services and will discussed ways SLTs can support and work effectively with the other professionals involved (particularly in Education) to address the needs of these young people, particularly in maintaining or integrating them back into mainstream education.

31 May 2016 A case study was presented by Tracy and Alice from Kelston.

1 March 2016 A case study (preschooler) was presented by Alayne McKee from Ohomairangi Trust and TTANZ and the themes generated in the group discussions at the end of Judy Clegg’s two workshops in December 2015 were discussed – notes available here: SLT workshop and general audience. Other brief topics were: recent overseas brief article on youth justice SLT service winning an award (article here),  Annette Stock’s article in the Rangitahi Court newsletter about the language context of a youth court held on a Marae (see page 11 on this link. For some useful background about the Court, please see the summary on page 2).

25 Aug 2015 Presentation and discussion of two case studies provided by Emily and Zanna and a number of short topics: Linda Hand’s recent sabbatical trip investigating the intermediary system in the UK, TTANZ’s recent involvement in a court trial providing communication assistance to a young defendant, an update from anyone on resources, research, providing responsive services for Maori, and other clinical issues.

Clinical supervision ad professional development for SLTs

If you are an SLT interested in receiving one off or regular clinical supervision from one of our experienced SLTs, please contact us.

Working with TTANZ

Interested in working with us? Our team of part-time sub-contractors is growing and we are lucky to have a highly skilled, creative, passionate and supportive team. We value flexibility and family friendly work practices.  If you think that being an SLT with the TTANZ might be for you, please contact Sally Kedge to discuss. All our SLTs are highly experienced clinicians who are members of NZSTA and who have completed Police vetting processes via TTANZ. Most of our team are Auckland based but as we receive referrals from around NZ, we are interested in hearing from clinicians around the country.

Contact us to find out what opportunities we have.

NZSTA Expert Advisor (vulnerable children and youth)

Sally Kedge is the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association’s (NZSTA) Expert Advisor: vulnerable children and youth. In this role Sally contributes to parliamentary submissions relating to children, answers queries from NZSTA members, and assists the NZSTA Executive with issues such as child protection. Please contact Sally with any relevant query.

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