I have worked as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) in the NHS for 19 years and as an Independent (SLT) for the last 18 months. Throughout my career in the NHS, I worked as part of a multi-professional, Complex Needs team which gave me extensive experience in working with children and young people (aged 0-19) with a range of complex needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Learning Difficulties, Global Developmental Delay and Down Syndrome to name but a few. I have been very fortunate to be able to work together with a team of other professionals including OTs, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Paediatricians and specialist teachers to support young people and their families in a range of settings such as special schools, pre-schools, nurseries, mainstream schools, child development centres and in patients’ homes. Working independently has widened my breadth of knowledge and experience further, as I have recently had the opportunity to work with children with more specific language disorders and high functioning ASD.
I am experienced in using a variety of approaches in therapy, including Makaton signing, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Talk Tools, Jolly Phonics, Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme, Intensive Interaction, Social Thinking and visual supports such as communication boards, shape coding, colourful semantics etc. I also have experience in supporting children with high-tech AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) devices. I am dysphagia trained and can assess and support children with chewing and swallowing difficulties or sensory feeding difficulties.
I am a member of the Health Professions Council (HPC), Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). I am passionate about working together with a child’s family and educational setting in order to ensure that I can make a significant positive impact on their speech, language and communication skills through play-based, functional and, most importantly, fun therapy.
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