More Success with Doodles the Therapy Dog | cherrylkd

Those of you who follow my blog or read my tweets will know that I am the proud owner of our school’s therapy dog called Doodles. Here’s a quick recap for those of you who are unaware of Doodles. Doodles is my puppy, a Schnoodle,  purchased especially for the purpose of being trained to help our very special children while they are in school. He is now 7 months old and is quite possibly the cutest, most cuddly puppy you have ever seen.

Doodles has had a huge impact on the children since he arrived in June. He’s had a calming influence and brought a smile to many a tear stained face. He has…

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The ‘is’ and ‘isn’ts’ of Speech and Language Therapy | cherrylkd

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a Speech and Language Therapist, I’m usually met with 1 of 3 responses:

Response 1- “Oh, I better make sure that I speak properly around you!”

Response 2- “So you work with people who stammer?”

Response 3- “What, with your accent?!” (I’m from Northern Ireland and I work in England…This seems to blow some people’s minds…!!)

It strikes me that Speech and Language Therapy is quite a misunderstood profession.

It doesn’t necessarily bother me that people don’t understand what I do. What concerns me is that if people don’t fully…

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The ‘is’ and ‘isn’ts’ of Speech and Language Therapy | cherrylkd

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a Speech and Language Therapist, I’m usually met with 1 of 3 responses:

Response 1- “Oh, I better make sure that I speak properly around you!”

Response 2- “So you work with people who stammer?”

Response 3- “What, with your accent?!” (I’m from Northern Ireland and I work in England…This seems to blow some people’s minds…!!)

It strikes me that Speech and Language Therapy is quite a misunderstood profession.

It doesn’t necessarily bother me that people don’t understand what I do. What concerns me is that if people don’t fully…

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Progress of Doodles the Trainee Therapy Puppy. | cherrylkd

Regular readers of my posts will be aware that I have purchased a puppy for the purposes of training him to be our school therapy dog. The theory is that the pup is mine and I will take him to puppy classes and have him trained up to be a therapy dog. You can read the original post giving details of how the breed was chosen, his remit in school and his first week with the children here. 

Time for an update. Doodles has now been in school for half a term. From his point of view he is having the time of his life! The staff adore him and there is no shortage of people willing to take him for a…

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Progress of Doodles the Trainee Therapy Puppy. | cherrylkd

Regular readers of my posts will be aware that I have purchased a puppy for the purposes of training him to be our school therapy dog. The theory is that the pup is mine and I will take him to puppy classes and have him trained up to be a therapy dog. You can read the original post giving details of how the breed was chosen, his remit in school and his first week with the children here. 

Time for an update. Doodles has now been in school for half a term. From his point of view he is having the time of his life! The staff adore him and there is no shortage of people willing to take him for a…

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For the NQTs and Trainees | cherrylkd

Last evening I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline to judge the current mood of my fellow teachers as we reach the end of term and indeed the year. As usual I found a wealth of helpful and informative posts on all manner of things. Of course there were a few Negative Nellies and a few argumentative types but I generally scroll on past these. What really caught my attention was the vast number of NQTs and trainees who are struggling. They are buckling beneath the weight of work at this time of the year. I don’t like the thought of anyone struggling and I want them to know they are not…

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For the NQTs and Trainees | cherrylkd

Last evening I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline to judge the current mood of my fellow teachers as we reach the end of term and indeed the year. As usual I found a wealth of helpful and informative posts on all manner of things. Of course there were a few Negative Nellies and a few argumentative types but I generally scroll on past these. What really caught my attention was the vast number of NQTs and trainees who are struggling. They are buckling beneath the weight of work at this time of the year. I don’t like the thought of anyone struggling and I want them to know they are not…

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