My decision to train and work as a Speech & Language Therapist was taken after my son became critically ill with meningitis at age 3. Against all odds he survived, though he was left with a number of difficulties including profound bilateral hearing loss. Within a few short weeks he was unable to use spoken language. Following cochlear implantation six months later, he learned to listen again to the sounds of speech. Through his regular speech therapy sessions I began to learn of the many ways in which I could help him acquire spoken language all over again. These sessions motivated me to find out more and as a result became a fully qualified Speech & Language Therapist in 2003.
Prior to this I had acquired indepth experience of delivering training programmes to young teenagers, frequently young people with special needs. This provided me with a real insight into the limits that are often unwittingly placed on a child's potential, especially when they are given a label of any sort.
This awareness of each child's unique potential has indeed enhanced my practice as a Speech & Language Therapist.
I have now been working for 15 years in community clinics, nursery and school settings within the NHS with children from 0 - 16 who present with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties.
For the past 10 years I have specialised in working with children with Hearing Impairment. I believe that my personal experience of raising a child with a profound hearing loss has been a tremendous benefit in my clinical practice as it has enabled me to more completely engage with the parents and children that I support.
B.Sc Speech Pathology with distinction (Queen Margaret University)
B.A. Joint Honours Languages (Queens University, Belfast)
Postgraduate Diploma Marketing (Napier University, Edinburgh)
Postgraduate modules in Working with Deaf People part 1 and 2 (UCL)
Sign Language certification
Membership of RCSLT (Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists)
Membership of ASLTIP (Association of Independent SLTs)
Registered with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)
Enhanced Disclosure Scotland checked