I originally graduated in psychology in 1995 from Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in a variety of fields including the Arts, as a Theatre Education Officer, before re-training in speech and language therapy in 2001.
I qualified in 2004 with an upper second class degree and not only achieved the highest overall mark for the year for which I was awarded the prize for ‘best academic performance,’ but also best clinical practice with the ‘2004 Muriel Shandwick prize for Clinical Excellence’.
In 2011, while working as a specialist speech and language therapist (see experience), I also undertook and attained the post graduate certificate in ‘Education’ from Edge Hill University. I developed my reflective practice as an SLT working in Education, by supporting and mentoring teachers to implement communication friendly practice in the classroom.
Since qualifying, I have worked in a broad range of settings and with a wide age range of children and young people (CYP), spanning 2-22 years with different speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The CYP’s SLCN have included phonological delay and disorder, language delay and disorder, dysfluency (stammering); social communication difficulties / autism (such as Aspergers) and learning disabilities, as well as co-existing difficulties such as behaviour needs, attentional deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and attachment disorder.
I have worked across NHS health clinics, as well as mainstream and specialist early years settings, schools and colleges.
I draw on my psychology and speech and language therapy qualifications & background, in supporting children and young people in the areas of learning and personal, as well their speech, language and communication development. I am passionate about story telling / narrative therapy as one approach to develop CYP’s language and socio emotional skills.
As a parent herself, I recognise the crucial role of parents in helping speech, language and communication development in their own children. I also acknowledge the need a parent or carer has to support their child, in order for their child to manage and overcome their SLCN difficulties and achieve their life potential.
In addition to establishing ‘talk4 life’, I also work as a licensed tutor for I CAN, a communication charity. I provide teachers and other professionals such as youth workers, with training, advice, support and coaching to develop communication friendly strategies in the classroom through I CAN Talk programmes. For more information about I CAN see ‘Useful Links’
By law, to use the title “Speech & Language Therapist” you must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
|Oct 2011-March 2014||Jan 2010-October 2011||April 2008-January 2010||January 2005-April 2008|
|Communication Advisor, I CAN Communication Charity||Specialist SLT*, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
|SLT (Adults with Learning Disabilities), Together Trust||SLT (Generalist) Manchester Primary Care Trust|