Why did you want to become a Speech and Language Therapist?
Whilst working with children in mainstream and special schools, I learnt about the power of communication and the impact it can have on a child’s academic progress, confidence, and friendships.
I wanted to join a profession that supported children to explore ways that they could communicate. Nothing can be more rewarding than helping a child find their voice!
What kind of experience do you have?
Prior to qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist, I supported children with additional needs in mainstream and special schools, assisting them to access individualised therapy programmes and providing 1:1 support in classroom activities.
I am an active member of a charity, providing speech and language therapy and social support for children and young people with Down syndrome.
What are you particularly passionate about?
I feel privileged to work with children and their families and feel that the formative pre-school years are particularly important. I believe passionately in a child centred approach and think that therapy should always focus on the child’s likes and individual needs. I believe that we can never underestimate the power of play and this is something that I try to incorporate in every session!
What are your hobbies and interesting facts about you?
I love to spend my free time at the stables. Whether it’s beautifully sunny or freezing cold, I’ll always be found with Boris (a small grey pony).
I like to think that I’m the Queen of DIY. Along as we’ve got a hammer, some nails and a good brew, there’s nothing that my sister and I can’t fix!