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International Visitors At Shapwick School

This term the Therapy Department has played host to two Speech and Language Therapists from overseas.  First, Caroline Law who lives on the Central Coast in News South Wales, Australia interrupted her UK holiday (family visit) to spend a day at the school as she had heard a lot about the school and the therapy provision here.  Caroline works in independent practice and in an independent school in Australia as well as lecturing on Reading Development and Disorders and Psycholinguistics at Macquarrie University, Sydney where she also has a supervisory role with some students on a Masters degree course.

International visitor to Shapwick School

Caroline ended her day here with a tea party with some Year 9 and 10 girls.








A few weeks later, Stefanie Zellhuber, a German Speech and Language Therapist spent three weeks working with the therapy team. Stefanie works in private practice with children aged 3 years to eighteen years old, many of whom have problems with grammatical development, vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation, as well as doing some work with adults who have suffered a stroke or brain injury.  She also encounters school-aged children who have dyslexia but there are no specialist schools in Germany for them to attend.  Therapy takes place at Stefanie's clinic after school has ended for the day and it is hard to maintain contact and liaison with the teachers at the schools.  Stefanie had asked to spend time with us here in order to explore how therapists work within a specialist school and to acquire knowledge and skills she could transfer back into her country and her working life. Stefanie said of her time here that she really enjoyed herself, gained a lot of knowledge and that she 'found wisdom for life and the future'.

International visitor to Shapwick School

Stefanie is seen here (centre front) with the school's five Speech and Language Therapists.


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