I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2012. I worked in the NHS for seven years, first in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, then in Ealing, providing support to children and young people, their families and the school staff working with them. In Richmond, I also worked as part of a multi-disciplinary pre-school autism assessment team.
I began to work as an Independent SaLT in 2017, initially part-time alongside my NHS role, in order to be able to provide direct therapeutic support to people who have solid to above average language and learning skills, but experience struggles relating to, understanding, or getting along with, others (social communication challenges).
The concept of neurodiversity affirming practice is gaining traction in the Speech and Language world. I continue, as I always have done, to measure the success of any therapeutic work against the goals and happiness of the individual and those closest to them.
My family and I moved to Norwich in 2022. I currently work two days per week at a local independent specialist school for young people who have a range of social, emotional, and mental health needs, alongside their communication and learning needs. This work has required me to focus my learning and attention on strategic planning in relation to the development of a speech and language therapy service.
I am trained and experienced in delivering and scoring ADOS-2 assessments, which form the main part of my work with Help4Psychology.
Outside of my working days, I chase after my young daughter.