Loading...
About Me2018-10-23T09:18:51+00:00

Passionate & Caring

A little insight into my background

I have worked within the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 16 years, working with pre-school and primary aged children and their families within their homes, early years settings, clinics and schools; offering assessment, therapy and training with a wide range of needs including language difficulties, Developmental Language Disorders (DLD), speech sound disorders and delays, and social communication difficulties. I have worked as a Clinical Lead for early years language for over 9 years in Kent.

Latest Features

Expert advice and in-depth features for a healthy life

Life as a Children’s Speech and Language Therapist

I’d never heard of a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) before it came to leaving school and trying to work out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life! I remember describing it to my parents that I wanted to work with children and discovering that this job even existed. Following work experience with a children’s and adult’s SLT I was convinced that this was what I wanted to do and set off on the journey, completing my studying. Ever since I qualified I’ve always come across the two ends of the spectrum responses when people hear what I do from the classic “oh you can teach me to speak proper” or “that’s elocution isn’t it?”

Why we need to use extra silence with children?

I know what you’re thinking…something along the lines of “but my child’s not using any/many words of course I need to be telling them lots of words!” This totally comes from the right place – we want to help our children when they are having difficulty with their understanding of language, use of words, speech clarity, when they struggle to get words out or even if they are reluctant or anxious to speak. In the media at the moment there is so much about “The Word Gap” and reducing this and many have taken this to mean we need to be providing children with lots of words. The key bit that may be overlooked is that any language being

As educators, are our children school ready?

Communication, as I’ve mentioned before, is usually considered something that will just develop - yet we know that large numbers of children are starting school without the ability to talk in sentences or even understand key words. The question is why as a society are we not placing more focus on ensuring our children have the key foundations to access any curriculum, as after all everything is taught through spoken language? ‘Speaking and listening’ used to be part of the National Curriculum, when it was recognised that a large majority of children were starting school without the necessary foundation skills for learning. Sadly, more recently this was removed in the revised National Curriculum and yet, there are now potentially

I have extensive experience as a trainer in building upon parents’, education staffs’ and Speech and Language Therapists’ knowledge, experience and skills. In addition to being trained to provide VERVE Parent/Practitioner Child Interaction Therapy, I am a trained and validated Derbyshire Language Scheme tutor and Language for Learning trainer across the Foundation Stage and Key Stages. I can provide bespoke training to staff specifically for a child in a setting or for the most effective approach, provide whole setting training to support all children’s speech, language and communication development.

My specialist interests lie in supporting children with speech sound disorders (including Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, DVD), Language disorders and Developmental Language Disorders (DLD). I have played a key role in Kent training Speech and Language Therapists and education staff in DLD and awareness raising of DLD, “the most common childhood condition never heard of.”
Finally, I am a mum of two boys and understand the challenges of juggling daily life, as well as an experienced highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist. I am based in Canterbury, Kent.

Professional Qualifications & Registration
I have all the professional registrations that provide you with assurance; in addition to accessing regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development to meet and maintain my professional standards:

Degree: BMedSci (hons) University of Sheffield, 2002
HCPC registered
Certified Member of RCSLT
Member of ASLTIP
Enhanced DBS check

What I Can Offer & Where

Location, Location, Location!

I offer visits where your child is most comfortable which also supports carryover ensuring the best opportunities for your child to make progress. This may be at your home, at nursery or school.

I am based in Canterbury, Kent and offer assessment and intervention within East Kent (Canterbury, Ashford, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Ramsgate, Margate, Sandwich and surrounding villages). Please contact me to see if I am able to travel to your location.

“My child has made a big improvement with all the tools we have been taught to help her.”

Anonymous

“Thank you for the training…The way you taught us about DLD was clear and concise and you have given us lots of information to guide us through understanding what DLD means.” 

Anonymous
“Really useful, constructive session” 
Anonymous
“The session was helpful to determine if my child needed any further help at his time.”
Anonymous