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Speech problems in children

Carole Howes

Director, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, 
BSc(Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, PGDip Spld, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

I graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1999 and have been based in North West England ever since. I initially started working for the NHS and then made the decision to work independently.  Since then I have run my own speech and language clinic for families and developed a service for schools and nurseries

 I have extensive experience of helping children to communicate and I am able to train in many areas of speech, language and communication needs.  Prior to qualifying as a speech and language therapist I had a career in IT, designing and writing software. I enjoy using technology wherever I can in my clinical work.

Clare Edwards

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
BSc(Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

I graduated in 1993 and have worked with children in a range of settings including special schools and units, mainstream schools, community clinics and child development centres. I have experience in many areas of communication difficulties including early language development, learning difficulties, social skills, speech sound difficulties, autism and AAC. I am experienced in using symbols and visual communication systems (such as PECS), PACT, Makaton signing and Hanen. I believe that every child has the potential to develop their communication.

Carol Oakes

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
BSc(Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

Since graduating in 2002, I have worked with children from early years through to secondary school age within clinics and schools. I have extensive experience and training in a range of communication areas, including specific language impairment, speech sounds, stammering in younger children, selective mutism and learning difficulties (particularly communication difficulties associated with Down Syndrome).

Betsy Vaudrey

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
MA Speech and Language Pathology, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

I qualified in America in 2003 and since that time have worked with children and young adults in variety of settings, including community clinics, mainstream schools, SEN schools and colleges, nurseries and family homes.  I have experience working with individuals with a range speech, language, communication and feeding or swallowing difficulties.  I am a regional Makaton Tutor and licenced to deliver Level 1-3 Workshops or bespoke training sessions.   I aim to work together with families and other professionals to provide effective child-centred intervention. 

Christopher Gerring

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
BSc(Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

I qualified in 2001. Since then I have worked in community clinics, supporting children with ASD within mainstream schools, work with preventative schemes for speech and language therapy such as Sure Start and Children’s Centres.
I’ve also been a language consultant for the Every Child a Talker (ECaT) programme
I also enjoy training teaching staff and early years staff as an Elklan trainer.

Jo Clarke

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
BSc Speech and Language Therapy, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

I graduated in 1986.  I have extensive experience in providing support to parents and service providers such as staff at nurseries, schools and other health professionals so that a holistic approach to communication support can be achieved for each child with SLCN.

I promote a “Means, Reasons and Opportunities” model to optimise a child’s communication potential.  I have devised training packages on these areas and I am also registered with Hanen to deliver some of their programmes.  I am competent in the use of Makaton signs to an Enhanced level.  I am trained to use Picture Exchange System (PECS) and I am also experienced in the use of a range of low and high tech AAC systems.  I mainly support children from birth to Reception stage with additional needs, social communication difficulties and Autism.  I am Paediatric Dysphagia trained so that I can help young children with feeding and swallowing difficulties.  

Sunita Shah

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
BSc(Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPCReg

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