Why did you want to become a Speech and Language Therapist?
I’ve always had a passion for helping other people, and feel at my best when I’m supporting others. My first degree is in English Language and, during my time at Newcastle University, I spent time working for a stroke support group and volunteering with a Speech and Language Therapist in a Child Development Centre at the hospital. I loved the idea of combining my language and linguistics knowledge with my passion for helping others, so went on to study Speech and Language Therapy at Leeds Beckett University.
What kind of experience do you have?
Before becoming a Speech and Language Therapist, I worked as an Autism Specialist Teaching Assistant in a secondary school, working 1:1 with pupils to differentiate tasks and run social skills and language sessions.
After qualifying as an SLT in the summer of 2015, I completed my first year of work in a cluster of schools in Leeds. I set up a Speech and Language Therapy service across three schools, providing assessment and therapy to pupils as well as training and advice to school staff.
During my time at The Talking House, I have been lucky enough to work in many of our lovely schools, and also with private clients across different settings. I love having the opportunity to really get to know schools and clients, and provide them with tailor-made support to suit their needs.
What are you particularly passionate about?
I am particularly passionate about the physical production of speech, and have chosen to specialise in the areas of speech sound disorders and hearing impairment. I love exploring techniques and activities to achieve the correct speech sound production, and have completed training courses in specialist speech sound therapies such as TalkTools and PROMPT therapy.
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.
What are your hobbies and interesting facts about you?
Most of my free time outside work is currently taken up by entertaining my little girl! I love spending quality time with friends and family, and like to get out walking in the countryside as often as I can. I fancy myself as a bit of a florist, and have even created the wedding flowers for some of my friends’ weddings recently. When it’s time to relax, I love nothing more than a good cuppa and a boxset!