Back in September, armed with our ‘Challenge Bag’, the UCLU Giving Voice committee encouraged the society’s potential new members to take on various challenges to spread awareness of speech, language, communication and swallowing needs.
Some of the challenges included hosting a dinner party with a communication friendly menu, tweeting 3 messages raising awareness of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), and holding a film night with a movie relating to speech and language therapy, for example The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.
Here is a video of Hollie Wright taking the challenge of videoing herself explaining how to make a sweet milky tea backwards to highlight the additional processing demands for those with SLCN.
I didn’t expect my challenge to be straightforward, but I certainly didn’t anticipate it would be this difficult. The thought of finding it that tough to communicate ALL the time is not a nice one – Hollie Wright
The prize for the winner of the challenges was a beautiful piece of art by Sue from Headway Cambridgeshire, who is living with a brain injury. Sue created her artwork using a Batik style of painting, which uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving “blank” areas in the dyed fabric.
And the winner was…. Fionn MacLauchlan! Fi took the challenge of raising awareness of dysphagia by eating a pureed diet for a day and documenting it on social media.
It was actually really hard trying to plan the sorts of food I could eat and it affected my social plans for the day too. I had porridge, scrambled eggs and soup. It was really bland and I can’t imagine doing this everyday. Being on a puréed food diet would be a lot more difficult than you think, and would take a lot of creativity and effort to keep it interesting. – Fi MacLauchlan
Congratulations to Fi! And well done to everyone who took part. Speech, language, communication and swallowing needs are viewed as ‘hidden disabilities’, as they are often not visible or obvious to other people. For this reason, it is important that we raise awareness of these difficulties in any way we can. Social media is a powerful tool to enable us to share our experiences: together we can hopefully shed light on these ‘hidden disabilities’. If you see an interesting tweet, or an informative Facebook video about SLCN or dysphagia – SHARE SHARE SHARE! Let’s get the word out!
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