Meet Melissa2020-09-14T22:10:48+01:00

Meet Melissa

Here, Melissa 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 chose the vocation of SLT to support young people in achieving their potential. Having supported children with speech, language and communication needs, I quickly realised that communication was key.

What kind of experience do you have?

I qualified as an SLT in 2015 and began supporting children with speech, language and communication needs within the NHS. Within my NHS career I focused on supporting children with social communication needs both within mainstream and specialist settings.

What are you particularly passionate about?​

I engage with children with a range of speech, language and communication needs with a specific interest in supporting children with social communication needs and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Aid users. I have assisted these children and young people within their educational setting and clinics, by working closely with schools and training teaching staff.

What are your hobbies and interesting facts about you?​

Having grown up in Asia and attended international schools during my childhood, I have experienced a wide range of cultures. I love to travel and learn about the world around us. I feel that it is important to understand different cultures, traditions and appreciate the diversity of the societies we live in. When not at work, I’m looking for the next country, city or place to explore.

Qualifications:

  • Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy), BSc (Hons), Leeds Beckett University

Memberships:

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT):​ RC0034111

  • Health and Care Professions in the UK (HCPC): SL33563

Postgraduate Training:

  • SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports)

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

  • Attention Autism (Gina Davis)

  • Elklan – Supporting Children and Adults using AAC Accreditation (Elklan)

  • LAMP (Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning)

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