Speech and Stammering Clinic

I offer a speech service to children and young persons aged 3-25yrs 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.

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 3-16yrs.

Autism and Complex Needs

I have specialist knowledge and experience of children aged 2-19yrs 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 and Intensive Interaction.

SEND Tribunals

I have 6 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.

Services to Schools

I offer a service to schools, which may involve a one off assessment, weekly therapy for one or more pupils, or contracts to work within the school. I also offer training packages for staff inset days and social skills groups.

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 (band 7), working with children and young people aged 3-25 years, and have been practicing for over 14 years. I started in the NHS, where I worked for 6 years, and started building my private business 12 years ago. I offer therapy in the East Surrey and West Sussex areas, in your child's home, school or nursery.

I have been carrying out specialist assessments for SEND Tribunals since 2010, and provide medico-legal services to a large private practice of Speech and Language Therapists based in London, and to Simpson Millar solicitors, as well as individual families in need of support for their child's special educational needs and placement.