Crossroads continues to prioritise staff training to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of the people we support. Recently the staff team enjoyed a full day's training from the Speech and Language Therapy depatment of NHS Fife and the Deaf Communication Service, Fife Council.
During the morning session staff learned about difficulties that individuals can experience with speech, language and conditions that affect swallowing. Below are some pictures taken on the day, including staff learning about how to support someone to drink who has swallowing difficulties and staff tasting drinks made with thickening products.
During the afternoon session, staff learned about various forms and levels of hearing impairment and the impact that this can have for people affected. As shown in these photos, staff worked together in groups looking at various forms of communictaion, not involving speech.
Staff enjoyed this training finding the mix of theory and practice very interesting and informative. Many staff spoke of how they could implement this in their day to day practice.