Speech & language therapy in Walton on Thames and surrounding areas
All of the therapists working for The Expressive Child have been selected for being outstanding clinicians, with excellent therapeutic skills and the ability to build warm, caring and professional relationships with children. In addition to being fully qualified, registered therapists, each of our therapists have post-qualification specialist training in a range of areas, meaning we are qualified to work with a wide range of communication difficulties.
All of our therapists have experience working in the NHS across a range of places, including children’s homes, schools, specialist centres, nurseries and hospitals. We have experience of working with children who have needs ranging from difficulties pronouncing one single sound, to children with complex physical needs affecting their communication difficulties.
Jenni is the founder and clinical director of the therapy practice, and registered Speech and Language Therapist. Jenni has worked in the NHS, hospitals, clinics, speech and language units and in schools. She enjoys building relationships with the families she works with, and getting to know the unique qualities of the children she works with. She has a special interest in the psychological aspects of communication difficulties and the therapeutic aspects of clinical interventions, as well as stammering and selective mutism. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her young family, dancing, reading and gardening. One of her favourite quotes is ,'People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.' Carl R. Rogers,
Jenni has additional training in Advanced Shape Coding, Selective Mutism Advanced Masterclass, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention (CBITS) for Tics & Tourettes Syndrome, Colourful Semantics, Word Aware, Lidcombe programme of Early Stuttering Intervention, Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Makaton (1&2), Attention Autism, Safeguarding Children (Level 3), Attention Autism, PECS, Counselling Skills Theory (Level 3), CBT (Certificate Level ) Stuttering for Teens, The School-Aged Child who Stutters, Stuttering Clinical Skills.
Nicky is a registered Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for both the NHS and private practice in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, nurseries and clients homes. She has recently moved back to the UK from Australia where she spent a few years working in schools and also private practice. She has worked with children with a wide range of communication difficulties and has a particular interest in language disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys family time with her two children as well as walking, going for bike rides and cooking. One of her favourite quotes is 'You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think' (Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne)'.
Jo is a registered Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for the NHS for many years, and currently continues to do so whilst working part time in our practice. Most recently she has worked within mainstream schools and a senior service manager, and also has a great amount of experience in clinics and specialist units. Jo enjoys working with children with a wide range of communication difficulties and has a particular interest in language disorders, social communication skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys family time with her two children, reading and cooking. One of her favourite quotes is 'Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.' Albert Einstein
Currently, our therapists have specialist interests in the following areas:
- Speech disorders, where children struggle to use the right sounds in their words, meaning it can be hard for other people to always understand them (including Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia)
- Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), where children are struggling to learn, understand and use language
- Stammering, where children and adolescents find it hard to speak fluently
- Selective Mutism, where children cannot speak in certain places and situations
- Tourette's Syndrome, where children have tics (movements or sounds) that they can't control
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
We are committed to continuous development, and our therapists have additional training in:
- Selective Mutism (Advanced) (Maggie Johnson)
- Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBITs) (Dr. Tara Murphy, Jolande van de Griendt; Tourette's Action)
- The Lidcombe program of early stuttering intervention
- Nuffield dyspraxia program (NDP3)
- Advanced Shape Coding (Dr S. Ebbels)
- Palin parent-child interaction for stammering children (PCI) (Michael Palin Centre)
- Makaton level 1&2
- Word Aware (S. Parsons)
- Colourful Semantics
- Child protection: level 3
- Attention Autism (Gina Davies)
- Basic life support for paediatrics
- Practice educator
- Safeguarding children
- Counselling skills and theory (level 3) (please note, we do not provide counselling, but counselling skills and psychological based approached are used within our practice where appropriate)
We also regularly attend clinical excellence networks to discuss advances in speech and language therapy, focusing on speech and language disorders, and hold internal case discussions to ensure children are receiving the highest standards of care.
He knows you, enjoys your sessions and we are so so very happy with everything you are doing. Thank you. - A, parent
All our therapists are certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Cert.MRCSLT) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration details for all therapists can be found here: http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/
Kerry is our therapy centre administrative manager, and makes the magic happen for the rest of the team. She looks after the team's diaries, liaises with our families and makes sure that things run smoothly. She's the first person you are likely to be in touch with when contacting the therapy practice, and the one who will almost certainly be able to help you with all of the practical questions. Outside of work, Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, teaching fitness classes and seeing friends. One of her favourite quotes is 'But then I realized, what do they really know? This is MY idea, I thought. No one knows it like I do. And it’s okay if it’s different, and weird, and maybe a little crazy.' Kobi Yamada