Independent speech and language therapy from a fully qualified therapist experienced in working with people of all ages with acquired brain injuries- from young children to adults.
For most of my career I have been working with children and adults with brain injuries in specialist centres around south west London and Surrey. I spent 3 years working at a specialist level for a leading charity for children with brain injury and neuro disability. This included working with children on a residential rehabilitation programme as well as completing specialist assessments and consultative support for children and young people with brain injuries based in the community. More recently I have started to provide consultative work for adults with brain injuries in a local rehabilitation unit.
I am able to support clients with brain injuries to continue to progress with their rehabilitation within the community. Returning home can present new challenges however it can also be an ideal setting for continued therapy and change. I am able to offer home and nursery, school or workplace visits in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk. I can offer short term assessment and advisory support to clients living out of this area.
Specialist skills and experience include:
Working with children and adults with prolonged disorders of consciousness as a result of a severe brain injury, supporting with:
-managing oral care
-tastes of flavours for pleasure or as part of a sensory programme
-establishing opportunities for communication/sensory responses
-working with families and carers for a 24 hour approach to therapy
Experienced at providing assessment and therapy for:
-feeding and swallowing difficulties
-motor speech disorders
-receptive and expressive language difficulties
-cognitive difficulties affecting communication (such as attention, memory, problem solving, reasoning).
The hidden cognitive, social, and communication difficulties which can result from a brain injury may have a long lasting impact on academic/workplace performance and the ability to form positive relationships. I am experienced in assessing higher level communication and executive skills required for higher level academic and vocational work.
I am experienced at working as part of a team around a client. I have experience working towards client goals with other professionals (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educational and clinical psychologists, music therapists and specialist teachers).
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Association for Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.
Registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
I have a special interest in working with children, young people and adults with acquired communication and feeding difficulties. I am a member of the following Clinical Excellence Networks*:
– London Paediatric Dysphagia CEN (PDCEN)
– Acquired Brain Injury CEN (ABICEN)
– Acquired brain injury in children and adolescents CEN (ABICA CEN)
– London Adult Neuro CEN (LANCEN)
I have completed additional post-graduate training in the following:
· Dysphagia assessment and therapy in adults and children
· Videofluroscopic instrumental assessment of dysphagia
· Management of patients with disorders of consciousness
· Facial oral tract therapy
· Adult and paediatric tracheostomy
· Cognitive communication disorders
· Aphasia therapy
· Augmentative and alternative communication systems
*endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists