Kath Westgate

Speech and Language Therapist

  • Kath Harmer - The Talking House

    Since qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in July 2015, I have worked with schools and private clients across Yorkshire providing detailed assessments, 1:1 and group therapy sessions. I joined the Talking House in September 2016 to develop my knowledge and skills further, working in a range of settings including school, nurseries, private clinics and client’s homes.

    I work with children with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties, and I am particularly fascinated in all aspects of speech sound production. Working at The Talking House allows me to develop my areas of interest to a more specialist level, and I am enjoying gaining specialist skills in the areas of speech sound production and hearing impairment. I love researching and exploring new techniques to support my clients to achieve their full potential. I make my sessions as engaging as possible for my clients, by finding the things that motivate them with their learning.

    I have completed training courses in Makaton and Intensive Interaction, and recently in more specialist areas related to speech sound disorders and hearing impairment. I love using these specialist skills to support my clients to achieve the best they possible can. I am also a member of a Specific Language Impairment Special Interest Group, which helps me to keep up-to-date with the latest research and interventions to support children with language impairment.

    I love a challenge and finding the most effective way to support my clients, and I enjoy working collaboratively with other members of the team, parents, teachers and healthcare professionals to provide the best possible support. I feel very lucky to be a Speech and Language Therapist, and love to see children’s enthusiasm and confidence growing as they progress in their sessions.

    Qualifications:

    BA Honours degree in English Language at Newcastle University

    BSc Honours degree in Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy) at Leeds Beckett University

    Dean’s Prize for Clinical Practice in Speech and Language Therapy

    Training:

    Foundation level Makaton

    Introduction to Intensive Interaction

    PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) training

    Working with Deaf People: Assessment and Therapy with Deaf Clients

    Groups & Professional Membership:

    Health and Care Professions Council: SL33377

    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT): RC003399

    Part of a Specific Language Impairment Special Interest Group
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