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MA Speech and Language Therapy Practice
Since gaining my Master of Speech and Language Therapy Practice Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2007 I have specialised in supporting children and their families with a variety of communication needs.
Through my work I have gained extensive experience of working with children with significant Speech and Language Needs including children with complex neurodevelopmental diagnoses such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Dyspraxia. I have worked in Specialist Educational environments and mainstream education and have a deep understanding of the different challenges children may face in different communication environments.
My skills include observation based on experience and carrying out/ analysing standardised assessment tools to assess and develop family centred targets and interventions. I provide individual and group interventions to clients in their homes, and my company provides Speech and Language Therapy provision to schools across London and Kent.
I design and develop evidence based interventions to support children’s communication development and provide bespoke training to schools to support their staff’s understanding of how to support communication development. I am further accredited to deliver training programmes developed by a number of other charities and companies championing communication skills.
I continue to undertake specialist training, and keep up to date with current research which is important in helping me understand how to identify and support children with different communication needs.
In addition, I have experience of writing Educational Health Care Plans and Speech and Language Therapy Reports in support of EHCP applications. I have experience of liaising directly with representatives of Local Authorities in support of increasing and specifying provision on already established EHCPs.
My work requires me to regularly liaise with other professionals involved in supporting children and their families.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.