Coronavirus

DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, TO ENSURE THAT I CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A SERVICE TO ALL THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHILD'S SPEECH, LANGUAGE OR COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT, I AM OFFERING ONLINE SESSIONS VIA SKYPE, ZOOM OR MICROSOFT TEAMS. ALTERNATIVELY, IF THIS ISN'T APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CHILD (E.G. IF HE/SHE IS NON-VERBAL), I CAN CREATE A PROGRAMME OF TARGETS, ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR YOU TO WORK ON WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME UNTIL LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS EASE.

Early Years and School-aged Language

I work with children from the age of 2 years with delayed language and communication skills. Input may involve a block of Parent Child Interaction therapy or a consultative service for children under the age of 3, or direct 1:1 therapy for children aged 3-21yrs.

Autism and Complex Needs

I have specialist knowledge and experience of children aged 3-21yrs with ASD, Learning Difficulties, and complex needs including challenging behaviour. I have lead speech and language therapy services in several special schools and units for children with autism. I offer assessment, written evidence for SEND Tribunals, therapy and advice. I am trained in Attention Autism, PECS, Makaton, Intensive Interaction, and Anxiety and Autism.

SEND Tribunals

I have 10 years of experience providing assessment and written reports as evidence towards Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunals, and if required, am able to attend the Tribunal.

I am a member of the Medico-Legal SIG and the Expert Witness Institute, and have attended a number of EWI courses including Advanced Report Writing, and completed the Bond Solon course.

I have links with a London-based speech and language therapy service, who contract out medico-legal work to me; an occupational therapy service with whom I do joint work for Tribunals, and Maxwell Gillott Solicitors, a large legal practice specialising in education, health and community law.

Speech and Stammering

I offer a speech service to children and young persons aged 3-21yrs and stammering service for children between 3-7 years. Speech difficulties involve the 'phonemes' (or speech sounds) that make up words, and that impact upon the clarity of what the child says (articulation). I work with speech impairments including dyspraxia, phonological disorder, oral-motor difficulties, tongue thrust and lisps. I am trained in the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme and Palin PCI stammering therapy.

Please contact me for details of services available and fees.

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About Me

I am a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, working with children and young people aged 3-21 years, and have been practicing for over 15 years. I started in the NHS, where I worked for 6 years, and started building my private practice 12 years ago. I offer therapy in the South London, East Surrey and West Sussex areas, in your child's home, school or nursery. I also carry out specialist assessments for SEND Tribunals.

CORONAVIRUS: I am currently offering online therapy and assessments sessions via media such as Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. please contact me if you would like to discuss your child's needs and whether this might work for you.