Speech and Language Therapist
I believe that communication is a key to meaningful connection with others. Our voice is an important part of our identity and how we tell our stories. My commitment is to ensure that the people I work with can always say what they want to say.
QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
MSc Speech and Language Therapy, City University
BA(Hons) English Language and Linguistics, Durham University
Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Social Thinking Programme
Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children who stammer
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Nuffield Programme for Verbal Dyspraxia
ASSESSMENTS & TOOLS
My aim in assessment is to understand as much as possible about the way someone communicates and interacts with those around them. We all have communicative strengths - my job is to bring those to the forefront. My aim in therapy is that the person will be able to communicate confidently and effectively, everywhere they go.
I have extensive experience working with children and young people who are autistic, alongside my own lived experience of autism. I have been part of my NHS autism assessment team since 2017 and have contributed to substantial improvements during that time. In terms of therapy, I work with parents, nurseries and schools to create supportive communication environments. I also work directly with children, young people and their families to develop and maximise the individual's communication skills. My work is child-centred, but firmly in the context of the family and where relevant I include siblings or extended family in sessions.
In my spare time I love to be in nature - walking, exploring, swimming and foraging. I volunteer at a helpline and (attempt to) build furniture.