Qualifications and Professional Development
I completed a 4 year degree course at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1997, graduating with a BSc (honours) in Clinical Communication in Sciences.
I have been a practising member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) since 1997.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
I have been a practising member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) since September, 2014
As a self-employed practitioner, I have up-to-date DBS clearance, via checks made in schools and Local Authorities that I have worked in.
I have extensive experience of working in a range of settings including:
- Community Clinics (general paediatric caseload).
- Family support unit
- Mainstream Schools (both Statemented and non-Statemented children).
- MLD Schools ( including intervention with those with severe communication skills and social communication difficulties)
- Benenden Hospital – Family Well-Being Team
Since qualifying I have continued to develop my clinical skills in accordance with requirements set out by the RCSLT and the HCPC. I have specific training in the following areas:
- The Nuffield Centre Dyspraxia Programme.
- Derbyshire Language Scheme.
- Picture Exchange Communication Therapy (PECS).
- Michael Palin Stammering Centre
- Sign Supported English.
- Hanen Parent-Child Intervention Programme (“It Takes Two to Talk”).
- Building Language using Lego Bricks.
- Talking Mats
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Teaching Vocabulary and Teaching Sentences Programmes
I am committed to my continued professional development, regularly attending training courses, specific interest groups and keeping up to date with current research. I also access regular clinical supervision.