Meet Laura N
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.
Language Pathology, MSc (Distinction), Newcastle University
Linguistics, BA (First), Newcastle University
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT): RC0034941
Health and Care Professions in the UK (HCPC): SL31833
Sensory Integration: Autism Spectrum Disorders Intervention Strategies
Sensory Integration: Is it Sensory or is it behaviour?
ELKLAN Total Training Package
Leading Good Autism Practice