Tue, 4 Oct 2011
Over 200 practitioners working with young children from across East Anglia/Norfolk & Suffolk attended Making 0-3 Count, a multi-agency symposium to discuss supporting the development of communication skills in children up to three years of age.
The event was organised by the University’s School of Allied Health Professions with colleagues from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) and Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Education Early Years Team.
Speaking at the event was Jean Gross, the Government’s ‘Hello’ campaign Communication Champion , Faith Cross, a nationally-recognised expert on Language, Communication and Attachment, and The Norfolk ‘Every Child a Talker’ Team - a multi-disciplinary team made up of local communication experts, such as Speech and Language Therapists, and the Norfolk Education Early Years team.
Delegates heard from communication experts about how their different teams and organisations can continue to deliver joined up and ‘best practice’ care. They also took part in workshops to look at various ways to engage with children to help them develop their communication skills from an early age.
The event was organised as part of the ‘Hello’ campaign, which is organised nationally by the Communication Trust and is running throughout 2011. The aim of the campaign is to make people even more aware of the importance of children developing good communication skills.
Jennie Vitkovitch, UEA’s Speech & Language Therapy Course Director, who organised the symposium said: “Delegate comments such as 'wonderful, inspirational, immensely informative and enjoyable, an amazing day' was very pleasing to hear. Sharing best practice is essential if we are to help children and young people effectively in the essential life skill of communication. I think this symposium has made a valuable contribution in our region.”