Laura Thomas

  • Laura Thomas The Talking House

    After qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2013, I provided assessment and therapy for pre-school and school-age children in mainstream schools, special schools and community clinics for the NHS. In 2014, I moved to a school in Leeds where I set up and led a successful speech and language therapy service, became the lead practitioner for autism and delivered training both within the school and to the wider community.

    I joined The Talking House in May 2017 to further develop my expertise in supporting children and young people with complex communication needs.

    I am dedicated to the ethos that communication is the foundation for learning and became a Speech and Language Therapist to support children and young people to achieve their potential and to raise awareness of communication difficulties. I developed my enthusiasm for working with children and young people with complex needs and autism during my time as a Special Support Assistant at The Percy Hedley Foundation. More recently, I have found a passion for facilitating children and young people with behaviour that challenges to reach their full potential. I relish a challenge and enjoy problem solving to discover effective and motivating intervention for each individual young person. I believe in working with the young person, their family and their school to ensure a holistic approach to maximising potential.

    I am a registered Elklan tutor and have experience of leading mainstream schools to Communication Friendly School status. I am trained in the use of Makaton and have practical experience of the Picture Exchange Communication System, Intensive Interaction and the TEACCH approach.

    At The Talking House, I work with like-minded people to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with communication needs – what a fantastic job!

    Qualifications:

    Language Pathology MSc – Distinction – Newcastle University

    Linguistics BA – First Class – Newcastle University

    Training:

    Elklan Total Training Package

    Leading Good Autism Practice – Autism Education Trust

    Makaton Foundation Course

    Groups & Professional Membership:

    Health and Care Professions Council: SL31833

    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists: RC0034941

    Registered Elklan Tutor

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