Speech and Language Therapist
Since graduating with a BSc Hons in Speech and Language Therapy from BCU in 2007 I have enjoyed working in a variety of settings, but really found my niche working with children. I work with children from the age of 2.5 up to around 10 years old and I love the variety that this brings to my working day.
I always dreamt of setting up as an independent practitioner and bringing the opportunity to access Speech and Language Therapy, without long NHS waiting lists to the rural community that I grew up in. I feel very fortunate to be able to exercise that dream!
How can I help you?
I pride myself on providing a family orientated approach to speech and language therapy. I work with children who have never had Speech and Language Therapy input before, as well as with children who just need a fresh, fun and empathetic new approach to continue to develop their communication.
After a free phone consultation I will assess whether I can meet your needs and then plan an assessment and course of therapy if necessary. I am friendly and flexible and offer home, school or nursery visits to suit you. I will always help to signpost you to someone else if I feel your needs are not in my area of expertise.
I am practised at putting children of all ages at ease by focusing communication strategies on their interests, from there we can work using age and learning level appropriate strategies. I always want children to leave sessions with me to feel confident and empowered and not like they have been working or studied; this is particularly relevant for the very youngest individuals I work with where therapy is always based around play.
I feel that it is vitally important that you are completely involved in your child's therapy plan. I work with you to ensure that you always understand what I am doing and why and to ensure that you are fully prepared to support their progress between sessions.
I also love training parents, carers and professionals in all aspects of communication - if you have a training need then please do get in touch and let me see what I can do to help!
I am a fully qualified, DBS checked Speech and Language Therapist with a BSc Hons in Speech and Language Therapy from Birmingham City University. I am registered with the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, The Health and Care Professions Council and The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.
As well as working with children with a range of speech and language difficulties, I am also trained in the following strategies:
Objects of Reference
Communication Books and Passports
I have a special interest in working with children with sensory needs and I am currently studying to become an Ayres' Sensory Integration Practioner.
Eating and Drinking Difficulties
I am a Dysphagia trained therapist; this means that I can assess and support individuals who have difficulties with eating and drinking.