I have always been fascinated by communication and firmly believe it strongly influences every aspect of our lives.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioural Studies with Early Childhood Studies (1999), and, having gained lots of life experience working in a variety of communication-related job roles, I consequently returned to university to complete a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Speech and Language Therapy, graduating in 2012 from the University of Essex.
After graduation I worked as a speech and language therapist in a college supporting young people with a range of difficulties, including learning disability and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), before moving back to my home county of Suffolk in 2013 to join the NHS paediatric service. There I currently support children and young people with a range of speech and language difficulties including speech delay/disorder, language delay and developmental language disorder, utilising a range of therapy approaches such as the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme, colourful semantics and shape coding.
My work for the NHS also encompasses a specialist post, working with children who have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) who attend mainstream schools across Suffolk. This involves direct work with the children, as well as contributing towards assessment and training school staff in therapy approaches such as PECS (picture exchange communication system). I also work with pre-school children and their families who are undergoing assessment via the child development centre.
I currently balance my time between my NHS work and the Help for Psychology team, and in all my roles I am fortunate enough to work with a wide range of professionals including paediatricians, clinical and educational psychologists, community nurses, occupational therapists and school staff.