We are Anna and Linda. Between us we have 14 years of experience working in mainstream school settings with children with a wide range of communication needs.
We are specialist speech and language therapists with a positive and passionate outlook and an innovative approach to working within schools.
Our aim is to empower and upskill key adults in the child’s environment and we strive to put the achievement, progress and well-being of the children we work with at the heart of everything we do.
I have always been fascinated by the power and complexity of human communication. I studied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, before going on to achieve a distinction MSc in Speech and Language Sciences at University College London (UCL).
I love my job because every day presents a puzzle that has to be unpicked.
During my training I worked intensively with families implementing home therapy programs for children with autism based on the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) approach. I went on to spend 4 years as an NHS SLT working in mainstream primary schools in Inner London, and most recently in Leeds, supporting a wide and varied range of communication needs.
I love my job because every day presents a puzzle that has to be unpicked. Finding tailored strategies that can unlock a child’s access to learning is what motivates me the most – I really enjoy the process of learning from others and working in partnership to support a child with communication difficulties to thrive and achieve.
I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006 and began my career in Wakefield District NHS, moving to Leeds Community SLT service in 2008. I have managed busy caseloads and supported a number of schools across Leeds and Wakefield.
I love seeing the impact really effective, well integrated interventions can have on children.
I have worked in a role developing innovative approaches to therapy in schools and also specialised in specific language impairment; working with children with some of the most severe and complex speech and language disorders.
I am passionate about my work for so many reasons. I love seeing the impact really effective, well integrated interventions can have on children. I love working as part of a team to understand children’s learning profiles and how to support them in a holistic way.
I have found it so rewarding working closely with support staff and seeing them blossom and grow in passion, enthusiasm and skill. As a speech and language therapist we not only analyse what aspects of communication are breaking down for the child, we also think about the processes the child goes through to learn.
Piecing this together to enable effective, successful communication is what inspires me to keep thinking, developing and improving my skills as a Speech and Language Therapist.