I have finally finished tinkering with the Speech-Language program bulletin board at work. I actually completed it a little over a week ago, but I haven't had a chance to do this blog post until now. I'm not sure it is a huge improvement, but it is now at least current and will provide me with space to rotate through new posters and articles.
In my last attempt, it became very apparent that the wrapping paper background was a bad idea. It might have worked for paper with a very minimal pattern, but even something so simple as stripes became too much on such a large surface. Instead, I decided to cover it in Kraft paper. I realize that Kraft paper is not much different than cork, but the board needed to be covered by something, as it has divots missing from it.
The "before" bulletin board was more bright than the "after" board and this is still something I'm wondering if the "after" board is missing. The "before" board hadn't changed since I started working here (two years ago), which I suppose is my fault. It also had a poster on it that was 19 or 20 years old, which was my inspiration for updating it to make it more current and informative.
I have now set the bulletin board up so that it has the name of our program in speech bubbles near the top. The key words, "Community Health" and "Speech-Language Program", are in larger print, as the full name of our program is quite long.
I have included a picture of myself and a little blurb about what I do at the health unit. In my last attempt I had put my picture up high, as I felt like a bit of a tool for putting it up there at all, but everyone who saw it thought it was a good idea and I was strongly encouraged to move it down to eye level. My reasons for including my picture at all are two-fold:
- Since I only work part-time, I believe that some of my co-workers (in particular casuals or people in temporary positions) do not know who I am or what I do.
- I hope that if families can put a face to my name, it might make the idea of referring/going for a speech-language assessment seem less intimidating.
The shapes contain little blurbs about how to make a referral, which children are seen through our program, as well as an arrow directing people to the speech-language program brochures, which contain information on milestones and stuttering.
I added a hook that I can use to hang up articles that I think might be of interest to parents. The article that is hanging up there in the "after" photo is a really interesting article on boys and reading. Having it on a hook means that people can take it off, sit down to read it, and then return it when they're finished. My plan is to keep this rotating frequently with different articles relating to speech, language, and literacy development.
There is a space in the middle to rotate through the BCASLPA "Did You Know...?" posters. BCASLPA has been releasing one poster each month, for audiology and speech-language pathology, throughout 2013. The "Did You Know...?" poster campaign is going to continue through 2014, providing me (and my bulletin board) with many different options to keep it interesting.
The very last thing to go up was the border. This might seem like a trivial point, but when we finished putting everything up it still wasn't quite right (and I was starting to think I should put it back to the "before" status). Thankfully the person that was helping me hang things up asked some of the people in the reception area what they thought and one of the volunteers suggested a border. I put it up when I came in the following week and that was exactly what the bulletin board needed to make it stand out!
Since it's completion I have had some great feedback from co-workers, as well as the volunteer who suggested the border. I have even had a couple of my young clients get very excited to see my picture in the waiting area.
Admin has started to decorate the office for Christmas, so I suppose it is about time that I start thinking about adding some Christmas flair to my board.
Do you have a bulletin board at your office? If so, are you the one to keep it up to date, and how frequently is it updated?