Meet Laura N2020-06-24T17:46:15+01:00

Meet Laura N

Here, Laura 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?​

I discovered Speech and Language Therapy while studying for my Linguistics degree. Between lectures, I volunteered at The Percy Hedley Foundation, a Conductive Education provision in Newcastle, where I worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to support children with complex needs and/or Autism. I was fascinated by the work of the SLTs and quickly realised it was the job for me.

What kind of experience do you have?

Prior to joining The Talking House, I worked with the NHS Special Educational Needs SLT team in Durham, working in clinics and mainstream and special needs provisions. A year later, I moved back to Yorkshire where I supported children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in a mainstream primary school in Leeds and led a number of schools in the city to communication friendly status as an ELKLAN tutor. ​

At The Talking House, I am very fortunate to work across a wide range of settings. I am currently based in Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres where I work with children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 and a mainstream primary school in Leeds. I also support private clients in clinic, at home and in their education settings.

What are you particularly passionate about?​

My specialist areas of interest are Autism and complex needs and I am particularly passionate about working with children at a very early stage of communication. I am very lucky to spend my working week supporting those children most in need of help to interact with the people in their world. I love seeing the ‘little wins’ which make a huge difference to children and their families.​

At The Talking House, I also take a lead on training and really enjoy sharing the knowledge and skills I have developed through working alongside some amazing and inspirational people (mainly the children!).

What are your hobbies and interesting facts about you?​

I am an animal-lover and have always been passionate about integrating my love of horses into my work with children and young people. I recently discovered Hippotherapy (the use of a horse’s movement in therapy) and am working extremely hard to be one of the first SLTs in the UK to offer this as part of SLT intervention. ​

In my spare time, I can be found in my wellies either on the farm where I keep my horse Jonjo and two miniature Shetland ponies Little Legs and Tigger or walking my noisy dachshund Peggy Sue.

Qualifications:

  • Language Pathology, MSc (Distinction), Newcastle University

  • Linguistics, BA (First), Newcastle University

     

Memberships:

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT):​ RC0034941

  • Health and Care Professions in the UK (HCPC): SL31833

     

Postgraduate Training:

  • Sensory Integration: Autism Spectrum Disorders Intervention Strategies

  • Sensory Integration: Is it Sensory or is it behaviour?

  • ELKLAN Total Training Package 

  • Leading Good Autism Practice 

  • Makaton

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