Meet Helena2021-11-25T17:35:49+00:00

Meet Helena

Here, Helena talks about what motivated her to become a Speech and Language Therapist, her experience, her training and qualifications, and areas of Speech and Language Therapy that she is particularly passionate about.

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! 

Qualifications:

  • Speech Science, BSc (First), University of Sheffield.

Memberships:

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT):​ RC0042763

  • Health and Care Professions in the UK (HCPC): SL038696

Postgraduate Training:

  • Makaton Sign Foundation Course

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