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Words for Wellbeing: ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the SCALES team welcomed visitors of all ages on Saturday 10th November to The Lightbox in Woking for our ‘Words for Wellbeing’ event. After many months of meticulous planning and advertising, we were delighted to see many familiar faces from SCALES along with their families and other members of the public. We shared with them our knowledge and research findings about the importance of language for communication and mental health. We were also joined by our colleagues from the OxBOLD study, who brought a fun activity about language and the brain!

You can read more about the event in UCL News here: 

Visitors were asked what they had learnt from their visit to Words for Wellbeing. Here are some of the fantastic comments we received from parents, teachers and children:

‘[I learned] how my daughter has been involved [in SCALES] and how it’s being linked to wellbeing’


‘I have some useful resources for my role as an early learning support assistant in a primary school. Lots of good ideas’


‘Different people can feel different things and that’s okay’ – child age 7.


‘I learnt about DLD and what it is about’ – child age 11

Visitors were asked what amazed them about the event and they said:

‘How many different feelings there are’ – child age 12


‘The enthusiasm of the host team and knowledge!”


‘How important communication is.’


Not only did we thoroughly enjoy the event and the chance to engage with families, but the encouraging feedback we received has motivated us to begin the search for new venues and occasions to liaise with the public and in particular, our SCALES families!

At the request of both visitors who attended the event and those unable to attend, below are some of the infographics from the day. We look forward to welcoming you to our next event!