Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, BSc (Hons), MA Autism, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC
I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at Newcastle University in 2008. I initially worked with preschool children, before specialising to work with children who have autism.
I have experience of working in mainstream and specialist schools supporting children and young people with autism, as well as delivering training and support packages for parents, health and education professionals. I am skilled and experienced in assessing speech, language and communication needs through observation and undertaking formal standardised assessments. I was a research therapist for a national autism randomised control trial. I continue to work part time within the NHS in a second opinion autism assessment team.
I have attended extensive specialist training, including Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS), Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT), National Autistic Society Early Bird Plus, Makaton, Social Stories and Talkabout Social Skills. In 2018 I completed a masters degree in autism with distinction from Northumbria University.
Within Autism North East I provide communication and language assessments, recommendations and support as part of the multidisciplinary team.