Highly Professional Speech and Language Therapists in Kent.
The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapists in Kent
The Speech and Language Therapists at The Owl Centre in Kent 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.
Jenny O’Connell, Diploma College of Speech Therapists, MHCPC, MRCSLT, MASLTIP
Jenny has over 30 years’ experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS and until recently was a Team Coordinator for the West Kent area. She has always specialised in working with children and her particular area of interest is working with parents, education staff and other professionals to facilitate a child’s speech and language development. She is trained in the use of parent-child interaction therapy, is a specialist in language impairment and is able to offer assessment, treatment and advice for a range of speech, language and communication difficulties in children.
Jenny has a particular interest in working with pre-school children with speech and language difficulties but also has extensive experience of working in primary schools. Jenny is able to provide a range of formal and informal assessments which provide a baseline for therapy that is individually tailored to each child. She has vast knowledge of a range of therapy techniques delivered either in a group or on a more individual basis.
Claire Chapman (née Grundy) BSc, MHCPC, MRCSLT
Claire has over 9 years of experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist within the NHS. She has worked with children aged 0-19 in clinic, mainstream schools and special schools. Claire's most recent post has involved working with children with a range of severe and complex needs, including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay.
Claire has specialised in working with children and works with families and schools to help develop a programme for each child, tailored to their individual needs. Claire has experience of parent-child interaction therapy. She is trained in the use of Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), a wide variety of alternative augmentative communication devices (AAC), PODD communication books, and intensive interaction. She is able to offer assessment, treatment and advice for a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties.
Claire has particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has extensive experience and knowledge of different assessment and therapy techniques to work with these children. She is able to provide both formal and informal assessments to pre-school and school-aged children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties.
Claire prides herself on building a good rapport with families and making the sessions fun so that the children and families feel relaxed with the approach and continue to make progress. Claire is a mother of two and understands the importance of putting the families she sees at the centre of all her care. She understands the pressures of everyday life and aims to make therapy as easy and accessible as possible for families so that their children can make progress.
Areas to which Claire can travel to provide therapy include (but aren´t limited to):
- Ashford and surrounding villages
- Dover and surrounding area
- Faversham and surrounding area
- Folkestone and surrounding area
Claire can also travel to Dartford and the surrounding areas of North Kent.
Juliette Goodman (PGDip, MA, MRCSLT, MHCPC, MASLTIP)
Juliette obtained her postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy with Distinction from Canterbury Christ Church University and was the recipient of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student Prize that year. She specialises in paediatrics and has worked with children with a range of diagnoses and communication needs, including speech sounds, language difficulties, interaction difficulties (verbal and pre-verbal), Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay. Before becoming an independent therapist, she worked first for Kent County Council at a specialist secondary school for students with Autism and then for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, based at the Rainbow Centre, Ashford, with children aged from 2 to 18 in clinic and mainstream school settings (primary and secondary).
Prior to becoming a speech and language therapist, Juliette was a professional theatre performer. She values the impact that arts can have on therapy and has been involved in two recent local community projects combining arts with therapy. She devises speech and language therapy treatment plans which incorporate the child’s interests and preferred activities. She is trained in and has experience of using a variety of evidence-based methods to target specific areas of need. These include: Lis’n Tell Storytelling, VERVE Interaction, Gina Davies’ Attention Autism, PECS, Makaton Signing Stages 1-4, Cued Articulation, Selective Mutism (Maggie Johnson), Non Directive Play Therapy and Intensive Interaction. Once the preferred treatment method has been discussed and agreed, targets are drawn up jointly with the parent or carer and the child (wherever possible) according to what is meaningful and relevant to the child at their particular stage of development. Every child receives an individualised treatment plan catering to their interests, abilities and confidence level. In this way, Juliette aims to maximise the child's motivation as well as to encourage a sense of ownership of the sessions and autonomy in their communication.
Areas that Juliette can visit include (but are not limited to) the following towns and their surrounding areas:
- New Romney
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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