I’ve been a speech and language therapist since 2007. I’ve worked with toddlers to teens in previous NHS roles, as well as in independent practice. I’ve also worked with adults with cochlear implants and spent 7 years as a teaching fellow at University College London, teaching students to become speech and language therapists.
I gained my professional qualification from the University of Reading in 2007, and completed a masters degree in advanced practice from University College London in 2015. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT).
If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication skills, please get in touch for an initial discussion to see how I can help. I can assess and support children where there are concerns about:
· Attention and listening skills
· Understanding spoken language and following instructions (comprehension)
· Learning words (vocabulary)
· Finding the right words to use
· Putting words together in sentences (grammar)
· Telling stories
· Interacting with other people
· Participating in conversations
· Phonological awareness (thinking about how sounds form words, which is an important skill for literacy)
· Speech production (using the right sounds in words)
· Stammering (up to 6 years)
An initial assessment typically consists of a detailed case history, and play based assessments for younger children, or more formal paper based assessments for older children. Sometimes it is useful to observe children in their nursery or school environment, which will be discussed with you during the assessment process. You can receive a written report summarising the assessment findings, if requested.
Depending on the outcome of the assessment, your child may or may not benefit from therapy. A therapy plan will be agreed with you, and education staff where appropriate. Together we will agree specific goals to be worked towards, and decide how often therapy should be carried out. Therapy can involve me working directly with your child, and/or working with you and other key people. It is important that you, as parents, and, where appropriate, other key people (e.g. education staff) are actively involved in planning and carrying out therapy plans, in order for your child to have the best chance of achieving their goals.
I can also provide a service to nurseries and schools, seeing children for assessment and therapy, and/or providing advice or training to staff. Please get in touch to discuss this further.
If you have a cochlear implant and would like listening support or help to develop speech and language skills, please get in touch.
Initial 15 minute phone consultation: free
Initial assessment; includes up to 90 minutes face to face consultation, preparation time, information gathering, formal and informal assessments where appropriate: £95
Initial assessment as described above + written report of findings: £160
Sometimes further assessment may be required, this will be charged at the hourly rate of £80
30 minute session £40
45 minute session £60
60 minute session £80
£80, (charged in 15 minute increments) to include the following:
· Liaison with other professionals
· Attendance at meetings
· Telephone calls
· Devising Programmes
The first 10 miles from the therapist’s base (Royston) are free. For journeys over 10 miles (both ways) a charge of 45p per additional mile will be added to the cost of the session. Journeys over 45 minutes will also incur additional costs for time at £10 for every additional 15 minutes. Journeys will be planned by google maps.
Fees are subject to annual review