I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist, with a BSc in Speech & Language Pathology in 1988 from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. In 2001, I gained my MSc in Speech & Language Difficulties in Education, from The University of Birmingham. In 2012 I produced, in collaboration with a colleague from the Education Authority, a screening assessment for speech, language & communication which is in use in schools across the County. I have also produced a further screening assessment for pre-literacy skills.
I have worked in the NHS for 34 years, in a variety of roles and settings, in both Scotland and Wales. I have worked primarily with children and teenagers and have undertaken a wide range of diagnostic assessments in order to determine the needs of the young person. In my current role as a Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, I work with young people in Pupil Referral Units; in Language Units; and in mainstream schools.
I have a particular interest in neurodivergence, and understand the importance of the early identification of speech, language and communication difficulties in pupils who are finding it difficult to access mainstream education. I enjoy working within a multidisciplinary team which is essential in providing accurate diagnoses and developing support strategies appropriate to the young person. I work closely with the young person, parents and school to identify areas of need and provide support to achieve aspirational goals.