Huarda Valdés-Laribi

Speech and Language Therapist

  • Huarda Valdés-Laribi - The Talking House

    After qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2012 at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), I completed a PhD at the University of York in 2016, and joined The Talking House team in February 2017. I provide assessments and therapies for children and young people with a range of speech, language, and communication difficulties. I enjoy adapting to the individual needs of each child and finding different ways to unlock hidden potential and motivation.

    My MSc research explored the link between theory of mind and syntax in autism spectrum disorders. Following this, my conviction that clinical practice and research should be closely intertwined led me to undertake a PhD investigating speech processing in realistic environments at the University of York. My research background has provided a solid foundation for my understanding and implementation of evidence-based practice, and I am now even more convinced of the importance of an open dialogue between researchers and clinicians.

    Prior to qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist, I worked over several years in a variety of roles with children and their families, including organising leisure activities, literacy and learning support, and as an Applied Behaviour Analysis instructor therapist. These varied experiences combined with my interest for research have contributed to shaping my approach to therapy. I strive to keep an open mind and to constantly readjust my practice in light of new evidence. I firmly believe in the importance of having fun and I enjoy the challenge of finding activities that will spark a child’s interest, especially when this means having to think outside the box. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is communicating the joy of discovery and learning to every child and young person, and celebrating every little step as a victory.

    I have always been immersed in a diverse multilingual and multicultural environment: on a personal level growing up in Australia and Switzerland with parents of different origins, and in my professional role working with multilingual and multicultural children and their families. I love discovering the rich tapestry of cultures and languages that make this world such an exciting place. I have experience providing speech and language therapy services in English and French, and would be happy to provide input in Spanish.

    I feel privileged to work with such a dynamic and supportive team at The Talking House, and I look forward to embracing this new adventure.

    Qualifications:

    PhD in Psychology (University of York, UK)

    MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

    BSc in Psychology (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

    Training:

    Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2)

    Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

    Makaton

    Groups & Professional Membership:

    Health and Care Professions Council: SL34621

    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists: RC0037789

  • And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places – Roald Dahl
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