Reflecting on key messages from the GMPTT learning event……..

It’s hard to believe it’s a week already since our GM Pathways to Talking Learning event – where does the time go?

We’ve received lots of very positive verbal feedback and its so good to hear how much colleagues enjoyed the day and valued the keynote speakers and workshops. A survey monkey questionnaire will be going out later this week to all who attended to gather feedback and comments and to make sure we learn about what went well and what might have been even better!!

So what’s the feedback so far? Well here’s a reminder of the day to help you complete your evaluation……..

Colleagues loved listening to Michelle Morris talking about how young children’s language develops and why its important to start in the earliest years and to identify and intervene as soon as possible where difficulties arise.

Michelle also introduced the GM Speech, Language and Communication Pathway and the principles that underpin this.

After hearing a bit more about the GM Pathways to Talking project we then welcomed the BBC to the stage with Joe McCullough, Executive Producer for the BBC ‘Tiny Happy People’ talking about how the 4 pillar delivery model and the different platforms being used to engage with parents and carers – and an example of how might look for a parent from visiting the baby clinic to seeing a storyline on Eastenders!

It was great to hear from Dr Danielle Matthews from The University of Sheffield who is also a member of the BBC Language Advisory Group. She spoke about intuitive care giving and how we need to get to the child’s level and build on their current learning. She talked about children starting school and the specific practical things we can do to help children’s language development. Dr Danielle Matthews ended her session by talking about the importance of the BBC campaign not being judgemental and building on parents’ natural motivations.

Joe then introduced a brilliant team of parents and practitioners. This was one of the highlights of the day and we’ve already had very good feedback about this session. Samira talked very positively about her experience of using Tiny Happy People resources and sharing them with wider family members. Mike then talked about how he and his partner are using Tiny Happy People with their youngest child and the techniques they have learnt from watching the short video clips (1 minute: 1 message).

Liz, a HealthVisitor who was also involved in piloting the resources talked about how she has used the beautiful video clips with parents, including how these can be used antenatally and talking to parents about how their baby responds when still in the womb. They all shared examples of their favourite parts of the THP website and Joe asked us all to watch out for more films being added in the coming months. All excellent advocates for Tiny Happy People and exciting times ahead!!!

We also enjoyed 3 fantastic workshops and sharing best practice case studies from across GM areas. Keep reading this blog over the next few days to hear more about these šŸ™‚

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