Marisa has been a practicing paediatric speech and language therapy for over 11 years. She qualified in 2005, having completed an M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology and clinical fellowship year. She also has a B.A. in Psychology which enables her to understand the needs of the entire family and support parents as needed. Marisa has specialist knowledge in Autism, Early Intervention, Language Delay/Disorder, Speech Delay/Disorder and Dyslexia. She has significant experience working with children with Autism and has worked at several schools for children with special needs. Experience includes supporting young people who are having social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Marisa also works with younger children aged 3-5 years old experiencing mild difficulties in a school readiness programme. Emphasis is on working collaboratively with parents and other professionals in an immediate and high quality manner. Services include standardised, formal or informal assessment using the most recent and well respected tools. A good assessment is like a child’s learning fingerprint, unique to them. It highlights areas of relative strength and weakness, giving an overall profile of the child’s abilities. More importantly, a good assessment aims to identify the underlying reasons a child is not reaching their full potential. Any language or communication problem is likely to have significant effect on a child’s social or academic skills and behavior. This includes attention, listening or speech issues. The earlier a child’s problems are identified and treated, the less likely it is that problems will persist or get worse. Many communication disorders can be reversed or prevented with early help. Marisa enjoys working with all children to reach their full potential.


Masters of Arts Degree in Speech and Language Pathology – 2005 – Wayne State University

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – 2001 – Oakland University


Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist – TreeHouse School for children with autism

Consultative Speech and Language Therapist – Snowflake School for children with autism

Consultative Speech and Language Therapist – Quest School for children with autism

Speech and Language Therapist – Private schools in London treating language delay, auditory

processing disorder, speech delay/disorder and dyslexia

Speech and Language Therapist – At several Nurseries and Preschools in Richmond

Specific Therapies

Therapy is individually planned and based on the child’s developmental level and his particular interests.

Sessions are play based, high energy and fun.

I am trained in the following techniques:

  • TalkTools
  • PECS
  • Makaton
  • Read, Write, Inc

Professional Accreditation and Affiliation

  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent practice
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Useful Information


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.

  • Initial assessment £120.00
  • Speech therapy: £75 per session

Autism Assessment (applicable to both Adults and Children/ Young People)

Please click HERE for full information on this multidisciplinary service. Marisa’s approach includes the full ADOS assessment, scoring and written report. This process takes a total of 5 hours and the associated fees are £375.

The ADOS assessment  coupled with the ADI-R Assessment ( or occasionally the Medical Social History and General Development Assessment) provided by a HoD Psychiatrist constitutes the autism diagnostic process.

Languages: English

Health Insurance Company Registrations

Marisa is currently registered with BUPA, Aviva and AXA-PPP.

She may be able to offer assessment and treatment under of health insurance providers on request.

Please get in touch with any specific requirements.


Telephone: 07854 963454