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Anna is a highly experienced and dedicated Speech and Language Therapist with a history of working across a wide variety of client groups mainly in the paediatric field but also with adults with learning difficulties.

For the last thirteen years Anna has been working as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS in Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT). Prior to this she began her career as a Speech and Language Support Practitioner working in a wide range of mainstream and special schools and also within a Designated Special Provision for children with Downs Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Anna is registered with RCSLT, ASLTIP and the HCPC. Anna has worked in the NHS and private sector.

Anna is passionate about her role and will focus on helping the client to communicate using a Total Communication Approach. Anna is dedicated and will work hard to provide an exceptional service, this includes working in collaboration with the parents and the wider multidisciplinary team around the client.

  • Signalong
  • Basic Sign Language
  • Basic Makaton
  • Cued Articulation
  • Lego Therapy
  • Michael Palin Working with Primary school children who stammer: realising their potential
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • Swindon fluency course
  • Selective Mutism (Maggie Johnson)
  • Attention Autism
  • Video Interaction VERVE
  • Evidence based approaches to therapy style
  • Mindfulness approach
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy style

A direct quote from a family and their son who are bilingual and they came to Anna's Speech and Language Services for therapy regularly over a long period:-

"His speech and language are better, but still not on level where it should be, school start supporting more. You provided amazing service to my son, as you remember he was so happy to see you every time🙂. You navigate us to the correct way to how learning can make a fun time for my son also provided a lot of ideas. With my son you was extremely friendly and become his friend🙂. He was always happy to play and learn with you. Thank you again 💓"

Anna works with a deeply person-centred approach to her therapy. Anna empowers the client and alongside this she guides the parents, carers and other adults involved in the child's care always keeping them informed of the most tailored and evidence based techniques that will benefit them. Anna has worked within the following fields:

  • Speech sound disorders e.g. articulation disorders or phonological disorders
  • Developmental Coordination Disorders e.g. dyspraxia
  • Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
  • Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
  • Stammering or Stuttering
  • Selective Mutism
  • Voice disorders which includes voice related problems such as changes to your voice or complete loss of voice. Anna's speech will help you with assessment, treatment, management and prevention of voice disorders
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anxiety/behavioural disorders and advice for speech, language and communication needs associated with Pathogical Demand Avoidance and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

Anna is known to be extremely perceptive and sensitive to her client's needs and has the ability to work swiftly to build up a good rapport with the children alongside gaining the trust of their parents/guardians. Anna works hard to provide a thorough accurate initial assessment; including a full case history followed by tailored advice including both direct and indirect speech and language therapy whichever is deemed appropriate. Finally Anna is highly experienced in delivering advice and training to parents/guardians and small groups of school/nursery staff.

Education

Anna has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Communication, Speech and Language Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sociology with Third World Development.

Training

The breadth of Anna's experience detailed below reflects all the years she has worked supporting children (aged from birth to 48 years of age) with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs in schools, preschools, nurseries, day centres, residential care homes, own homes and in clinic:

  • Speech sound disorders
  • Picture exchange communication system (Pecs),
  • Signalong
  • Basic Sign Language
  • Basic Makaton
  • Cued Articulation
  • Lego Therapy
  • Michael Palin Working with Primary school children who stammer: realising their potential
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • Swindon fluency course
  • Selective Mutism (Maggie Johnson)
  • Attention Autism
  • Video Interaction VERVE
  • Evidence based approaches to therapy style
  • Mindfulness approach
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy style

"Anna is very thorough and connects very well with my child her upbeat attitude is perfect for interacting with ….(child's name)."

 

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