Communication, and its impact on every part of development has always been the driving force for my practice.
I am part of a multi-disciplinary team of leading experts in the field of neurodevelopmental assessment and management in my current NHS role at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This service provides second opinions and consultations to local healthcare teams across the UK. Through this role, I am part of a strong clinical network enabling me to continually update my knowledge of the latest research, approaches and national guidelines.
My extensive experience in the assessments of young people and adolescents, has related to not only exclusively language, but also concerning behaviour, social interaction, emotional well-being, school attainment and attention, to name a few. I take an entire person’s strengths and weaknesses into consideration and use formal and informal assessments in thinking about any particular areas of concern. I am able to describe what this may mean diagnostically and practically in day to day functioning.
My Masters in Education, which I am currently studying for, my background as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) and experience of contributing to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), makes me a key player in ensuring effective joint working with schools.
My approach to therapy, regardless of the types of difficulties, is always to develop speech, language and communication skills that will be most useful to all aspects of a person and ultimately aims to increase their independence and confidence in a way which is enjoyable. I am respectful of parents and young peoples’ views and I feel it is important that targets are set jointly. I believe that my experience, patience and flexibility enables me to build a positive rapport and motivate those that I work with.
Qualifications and Training
- MA Education – University of Reading (current)
- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy – University of Reading (2010)
Post-graduate training in:
- ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Edition)
- Talking Mats
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
- Attention Autism!
- Intensive Interaction
- Great Ormond Street Hospital – Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Neurodisability Service and Social Communication Disorders Clinic
- Berkshire CAMHS – Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Autism Pathway
- The Loddon School – Consultant Speech and Language Therapist
- Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Tutor
- Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
- Registered with Health and Care Professions Council
On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.
Below is a pricing guide but please do get in touch to discuss what might be most suitable. Collaborating with other healthcare/educational professionals is included in all pricing options as standard.
Full Initial Assessment (Approx. 120 minutes of direct contact) – £200
- Taking a case history
- Talking about concerns
- Formally assessing speech, language and communication
- Initial assessment report including recommendations
- where appropriate this might occur cumulatively over more than 1 session e.g. if it would be important to talk to teachers and/or observe a young person at nursery etc.
Speech and Language Session (Approx. 55 minutes of direct contact) – £80
- This can be in the clinic, nursery/school or at your home
- Sessions aim to be engaging, motivating and meaningful for the young person and their family.
Autism Assessment – Fees on request*
*Fees will depend on individual needs and be in line with the multi-disciplinary approach set out by the clinic