Speech and language therapist

Marie Pinkstone is a speech and language therapist, who operates within the cleft palate team and focuses on speech, language and communication.

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Marie Pinkstone: Speech and language therapist (audio transcript)

Marie: “My name is Marie Pinkstone. I’m a speech and language therapist in the cleft palate team at Great Ormond Street. We’re part of the north Thames managed clinical network so we cover all the patients within that area who are born with a cleft upper palate. We’re obviously focused really on speech, language, communication and also on some swallowing difficulties for patients, but my interest is very much in speech and obviously if you have a cleft then you may be at risk of having some speech difficulties.”

Marie: “Aidan, hi, I’m Marie, one of the speech and language therapists today and we are ready when you are.”

Marie: “Today we have an interesting clinic, this is our VPI or Velo pharyngeal investigation clinic and this is about patients coming in for speech assessment, which includes audio-video speech recordings and what that shows is how the palate is working, how it’s lifting and closing against the back of the throat.”

Marie: “Ok Aidan, can I ask you to sit on that chair there for me. So what we’re going to do is have a chat, maybe tell me about school and what you’ve been up to and then I’m going to ask you to say some sentences after me. Is that OK?”

Aidan: “Yes.”

Marie: “Skills that we think are required if you are eliciting speech samples from children, I think you need to be able to modify your language to their level, be interested in what they have to say and to really make them feel safe and confident in that setting and really just take their lead to a certain point.”

Marie: “Right Aidan, can I ask you to count up to 20 for me, nice and loud.”

Aidan: “Easy. One, two, three, four, five, six...”

Marie: “We use lots of games, lots of activities, obviously appropriate for the child and we use more electronic systems now so if you’re doing practising homework you might email it to the patient. So there’s lots of different ways that we’re really trying to make therapy fun.”

Aidan: “Mary came home early.”

Marie: “The puppy is playing with the rope.”

Aidan: “The puppy is playing with rope.”

Marie: “Bobby’s a baby boy.”

Aidan: “Bobby’s a baby boy.”

Marie: “I saw Sam sitting on a bus.”

Aidan: “I saw Sam sitting on a bus.”

Marie: “The advice that we would give to somebody coming here for the first time who maybe haven’t seen us before or maybe were slightly daunted that it was Great Ormond Street was really to say it’s us really informally having a good listen to their speech and just really wanting to just check that everything was OK. So it’s very low key and we always say there’s no injections in speech and language therapy.”

Marie: “And Laura will wear a yellow welly.”

Aidan: “And Laura will wear a yellow welly.”

Marie: “I used to work with adults but I now much prefer working with children to enable children to maximise their communication skills, their speech, I think is really paramount and that’s why I do what I do.”

Marie: “Well done. Thank you very much indeed Aidan, that’s fantastic. So you can go and have some lunch and then we’ll see you a bit later on for the next part of your speech assessment later today."

Aidan: “Er, it's passed lunch.”

Marie: “It’s passed lunch? I know, sorry, I forgot that bit. So maybe you can have a cup of tea?”

Aidan: “Yep.”

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