This years European day of Speech and Language Therapy in being held on 6th March.
My Speech and Language Therapy trip to Turkey with SLT colleague Ali Yildrim is perfectly timed to celebrate sharing good practice between UK and European Speech and Language Therapists.
The European day of Speech and Language Therapy aims to raise awareness of the profession throughout Europe. The theme for this years day is ‘multi lingualism and multi-ethnicity.
So sharing our trip to Turkey to support our multi lingual clients and European and International colleagues will be the perfect way to celebrate this day.
Is Turkey in Europe some may ask – the answer being Turkey sits both in Europe and Asia so perhaps the best term to use is Eurasia? There will be great opportunity to experience the cultural similarities and differences between Europe and Asia and to learn how each assess therapeutic needs and treat in ongoing therapy.
Our trip will commence on the 13th March flying into Istanbul. I will be presenting at the Special Needs Articulation Therapy Conference on the 14th and 15th in Istanbul.
I am very excited to be meeting with teachers, and Speech and Language Therapists know as Logopedists. I shall also meet Psychology staff and of course parents.
Following the conference, we shall travel extensively throughout Turkey visiting Universities and Hopsitals/clinics to experience how therapy is delivered and taught across these settings.
Turkey has 4 Universities which we will visit:
- Fatih University
- Suleyman Sah University
- Turgut Ozal University
- Ipek University
I am also looking forwards to meeting colleagues from:
- Yedi Damla Special Education and Rehabilitation Centre
- Beyaz academy speech and language therapy clinic
- Anatomica private hospital
Integrated Treatment Services are also in support of the International Communication Project which again ties in nicely with this trip.
The organisations which have come together are known as Mutual Recognition Associations MRS. These represent 6 countries where qualifications and professional body membership are mutually recognised.
The International Association of Logopedists amd Phoniatrics (the closest thing to a world organsiation for SLT) has formally endorsed the project.
We shall keep updating you about our work with our colleagues around the world.
ITS has International families and therapists at our heart and we are keen to share best practice and learn from our international colleagues to support the profession world wide.
We shall keep you updated throughout our trip with plenty of photos along the way!