Highly Professional Speech and Language Therapists in Essex.
The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapists in Essex
The Speech and Language Therapists at The Owl Centre in Essex combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Alix Willmore BSc, MHCPC, MRCSLT
Alix has over 4 years’ experience working as a speech and language therapist within the private sector and NHS. She has previously worked with children from 0-19 years old in clinics, mainstream and special schools. Alix’s current NHS role is within a multi-disciplinary team currently assessing and diagnosing children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Disorder.
Alix has previously worked providing therapy to a range of clients, including preschool children with complex needs such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Globally delayed children; school aged children with speech and language delay and disorder and within special schools providing assessments and therapy for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She is trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and has experience with a wide variety of high-tech AAC.
Currently, Alix is working within the team of therapists able to provide private ADOS assessments for children from 5-19. She has a wealth of experience using this tool with a range of clients as well as writing detailed reports about the observations completed.
Areas to which Alix can travel to provide assessments include (but aren´t limited to):
- Chelmsford and surrounding areas
Hayley Foster BSc Speech and Language Therapy
Hayley qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2008 from Birmingham City University. Since qualifying, Hayley has worked with children, adolescents and adults, usually presenting with learning difficulties, ASD and/or mental health needs.
Hayley started her career working in a Children’s Therapy Team, where she worked closely with a range of professionals in a close-knit multidisciplinary team delivering communication support to children with severe and complex needs. Within this role, Hayley learnt about the importance of team working and also attended a range of training courses that have stood her in good stead for her career, such as: PECS, Sensory Integration and supporting children with ASD. As her career continued, she developed a special interest in supporting young adults who often presented with challenging behaviour and supported the local youth offending team. Being able to assess these young people and uncover hidden communication needs that contributed to that person’s behaviour motivated her to pursue a career working with offenders.
From there Hayley’s career took her to working in a mental health hospital and prisons, supporting adults with learning disabilities. Hayley took a key role in highlighting the prevalence of speech, language and communication needs and providing training to her colleagues. Hayley also attended specific social skills training herself, as this was the basis to the majority of her work in this field.
After working in this area for over 5 years, Hayley returned to working with younger people with learning disabilities. Hayley worked in a specialist college provision where she again worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the learners were able to meet their educational outcomes. Training was again an important part of her role, as well as delivering a range of individual and group therapy input and detailed assessment. The provision provided included social skills groups and Lego therapy based groups and Hayley mostly worked with young people with ASD, global developmental delay and often comorbid learning disability and ADHD.
Hayley’s current part-time NHS role involves being part of the clinical team that works to diagnose children and young people with ASD. This role includes carrying out observations of children in school, completing abstract language assessment within clinic and Hayley is about to commence her ADOS training to enable her to work with her colleagues to carry out this formal assessment to help diagnose the young people and give them and their families further insight into their child’s communication needs and strengths.
Hayley is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people by supporting them to reach their full communication potential. Sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the child. Involving the children, where possible, in setting realistic, functional goals is also a priority.
Hayley can provide outreach visits to Colchester and the surrounding areas which include (but are not limited to) Ipswich, Harwich, Clacton, Braintree, Maldon and Chelmsford. Sessions can be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and some evenings and weekends.
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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