Speech and Language Therapy Team Manager
Laura graduated from Birmingham City University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Speech and Language Therapy in 2010. Laura has gained over 6 years of experience within the paediatric field, in both the public and private sectors. Laura’s knowledge and skills provide success and effectivity when working with a range of children. This includes children with; speech delay or disorder, language delay, specific language impairment, learning difficulties, complex needs, ASD, and Selective Mutism.
Laura has a specific interest in and is a clinical specialist in the specialisms of ASD and Selective Mutism.
Laura is experienced in working with children in a range of settings such as clinics, mainstream schools, resource provisions, and special schools and with a wide range of ages from pre-school to secondary school. Laura has a particular interest in working with older children who are entering into their teenage years. Her work with this age group accomplishes improvements in the child’s social interaction skills, self-esteem and friendships.
Laura takes care in supporting all children through their individualised therapy programmes. She also recommends and facilitates group therapy sessions which give each child the opportunity to consolidate and maximise their communication skills. As Laura takes a holistic approach to therapy she believes in the benefits of spending time supporting, advising and training the parents, carers, teachers and assistants. This creates a consistent provision for each child which increases their ability to maintain and generalise their new speech, language and communication skills.
Laura uses various therapy approaches such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Intensive Interaction and Makaton. She has undertaken specialist training in Selective Mutism (University College London) and Dysphagia (Manchester Metropolitan University). Working within multidisciplinary teams with Educational and Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Paediatricians has provided further valuable experience.
Laura takes a patient, caring and child-centred approach to all therapy. She aims to support each child in reaching their full potential whilst facilitating the parent’s needs in order to support the whole family.
Occupational Therapy Team Manager
Aisling achieved her First Class degree in Occupational Therapy in Australia 2009. Subsequently, she has gained valuable experience working with children in Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom. She has worked in the community with early intervention, brain injury rehabilitation services, in mainstream schooling and with children in special educational settings.
Aisling has specialist experience and post graduate training in Sensory Processing, Postural Management, Assistive Technology, Feeding Difficulties (SOS Approach to Feeding), Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and DIR/Floortime.
This experience has allowed Aisling to use her wide skills base when assessing and treating children with a broad range of developmental and neurological difficulties. Aisling is passionate about working collaboratively with both children and their families supporting them to integrate strategies, used in her sessions, into their daily lives. She believes that therapy should be fun and motivating to allow children to learn and will use an individual and child focused approach to achieve this. Working together with the children and their families to assist in reaching their potential and in all areas that are important to them.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Elsje qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008 and commenced her career working in Paediatric Private Practice in South Africa. Here she delivered clinical services to schools, nurseries, special educational needs centres and orphanages, supporting the children and families within these settings.
During her career Elsje has gained experience working with children with a broad range of developmental needs and ages. She has worked extensively with infants and children with special educational needs, specific learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, global developmental delay and sensory processing dysfunction.
Elsje’s specialist interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorder has led her to complete post graduate study related to communication, relationship building, behavioural modification, play and sensory processing enabling her to provide enhanced clinical skills and expertise in her practice . When working with a family Elsje utilises her knowledge base from her training and post graduate study as well as collaboration with other professionals working with a child to enable her to deliver therapy programs tailored to a child’s individual needs.
Elsje has additional post graduate training in Sensory Integration and DIR Floortime allowing her to offer effective clinical sessions based on a Sensory Integration or DIR Floortime approach. She believes that play based therapy is essential in motivating a child and unlocking their full potential. Elsje places a strong emphasis on family involvement and education and thus encourages parents and teachers to actively engage in the therapy process.
Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Karen graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Sciences in 2006. Since this time, she has worked in the UK for the NHS and overseas in Australia for a private practice. Over the past 10 years Karen has developed her knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Global Developmental Delay, Specific Language Impairment, Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders. Karen has a particular interest in working with children aged 2 – 7 years and specialises in the areas of ASD, Early Years Language Delays/Disorders and Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia.
Karen has undergone training in the Hanen More Than Words program, a specialised training program for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum. She is also experienced in developing and implementing group therapy sessions in the areas of social skills, narrative, speech sounds and attention and listening to children aged between 3 and 11 years.
Karen has experience of working both in clinic and educational settings such as schools and nurseries. She is skilled in building up lasting relationships with children and parents which enables her therapy sessions to be effective and rewarding for all parties involved. Karen feels strongly about the importance of working closely with parents and educators. This allows for ongoing opportunities for language and social development throughout the day, which assists in maximising therapy outcomes and supports the generalisation of new skills.
Senior Speech and Language Therapist
After graduating from The University College London in 2000 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Speech Sciences Claire has worked within the NHS for over 13 years gaining extensive experience as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist.
Claire has worked in a variety of settings including Health Centres, Pre-school Language Clusters, Mainstream Schools and Nurseries, Language and Learning Units within schools, Pre-school Special Needs Teams and as part of a Multi-disciplinary Assessment Team.
Claire has experience working with a variety of client groups and communication difficulties including Developmental Speech and Language Delay/Disorders, Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Stammering, Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, Hearing Impairment, Down Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Delay, Learning Disabilities and Genetic Disorders.
She has delivered therapy using of a range of therapy approaches such as Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication (PECs), Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme and Intensive Interaction to name a few, working directly with clients and their families.
Claire has gained valuable experience working collaboratively with Teachers, Educational and Clinical Psychologists, Occupational and Physiotherapists and Paediatricians delivering direct training as well as working on a Consultative basis.
She is mum to 3 boys aged 2, 5 and 8 years old who attend a local school and are involved with after school activities. Claire is a warm and supportive Therapist with a passion to deliver effective therapy, designed to address children’s communication needs as well as the needs of the family as a whole.
Claire's wide experience is a valuable asset to Children's Therapy London Team.
Senior Speech and Language Therapist - School Outreach Team
Maureen is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who works at our school based clinics.
Since graduating from the University of Hull Anne has gained valuable experience in the financial services industry and as an IT professional. Anne was involved with many aspects of the business world overcoming challenges including the millennium bug and the introduction of the Euro and Pensions legislation.
During this challenging period Anne was combining her career with caring for her two children. When her third child was born Anne took the opportunity to focus on her growing family. She volunteered her services at her children's school and was also appointed Governor at another local primary school. Anne found the experience of working with children from a variety of backgrounds very rewarding, as they overcame challenges to develop their potential.
Since returning to her career Anne has now broadened her experience further as a first class Administrator working in supported housing for homeless teenagers and a data analyst in a secondary school.
Anne is the first point of contact for clients contacting the Children's Therapy London clinic. Anne has brought her broad knowledge and experience and is an asset to our Team. You can expect a warm but professional approach from Anne and she thoroughly enjoys meeting our families with their children and seeing the benefits which our therapy provides.
Matilda the Clinic Dog
Matilda loves to welcome the children to the clinic and can help your child feel more at ease if they are feeling a little anxious about coming in to meet us for the first time. She's very friendly and partial to a stroke or a cuddle from the children if they would like to meet her. She also loves to sit with our team of therapists to help them out with their paper work and admin time!
Matilda does not have free access around the whole clinic so for children and families who do not like dogs, be reassured that Matilda will not have access to the areas where therapy appointments take place.