I believe communication is one of the most important skills we learn and use during our lifetimes. It influences how well we get on with others, how we feel about ourselves and how well we do in school and our jobs.
I specialise in communication difficulties that frequently overlap with social and emotional needs, such as selective mutism, stammering and autism. I also specialise in early language development and speech delay/disorder including developmental verbal dyspraxia. These specialisms reflect my experience and specialist training which comprises a targeted range of knowledge and qualifications, going well beyond the speech and language therapy degree. Please click on my summary of specialisms and qualifications to read more on my experience and knowledge.
I have worked in the NHS for over 18 years in a variety of roles and settings. I currently work part-time for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS as part of the BCHC Plus service. This involves working in a family of schools for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. Among other positions I have worked in a Speech and Language Resource unit, worked for Surestart and been responsible for a range communication groups. I have delivered training at a national conference and led the training for the Cannock Primary schools. I have attended a voluntary weekend away for young people with speech complications following on from cleft lip and palate repairs. Please click on my employment history to see a helpful overview.
I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists as well as the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practise and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.