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.
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
Alexea Stevens B.A. (Hons) Developmental Psychology, P.G.Dip Speech and Language Therapy, CMRCSLT, HCPC Registered
Alexea qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2011. She has spent the last few years working with bilingual children, their families and the international schools within South East Asia. Prior to leaving the UK, she developed assessment and therapy tools for universal support across the mainstream primary school setting as well as auditing schools on their whole school speech, language and communication provision.
Alexea has experience of working with children of all ages, most extensively with those from 2-11 years on an individual and group basis. She can work with a variety of needs including, language delay/impairment, speech difficulties, stammering, selective mutism and in the communication impairments of autism. She also supports children in the development of reading and writing through essential sound awareness training.
Alexea’s therapy includes developing strong relationships with children, parents and teachers to make therapy relevant and fun. She is also passionate about improving the quality of adult and child interactions so that speech and language skills are boosted naturally throughout the day.
Alexea can provide home, nursery or school visits across East Kent, including:
- Herne Bay
- Thanet and surrounding areas
Helen Stevens BA (Hons) PG Dip. MRCSLT, HCPC Registered
Helen qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2009, having previously completed a degree in music. Whilst training to be a Speech and Language Therapist, Helen quickly realised that her passion was for working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Helen has worked for the NHS since qualifying and in particular enjoys working with young children and their families, to maximise their potential and to enable parents to feel empowered to support their child’s communication needs. She strongly believes that a child who is having fun is more likely to engage and make progress!
Helen is trained in the use of Makaton signing stages 1-8, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Non-Directive Therapy and particularly enjoys carrying out early intervention with pre-school-aged children. She also has considerable experience in working with children with delayed or disordered speech sounds, from ages 2-10. Her current role involves working with young children with complex needs and social communication difficulties, and she has a particular interest in working with children with Down’s Syndrome.
Helen’s communication skills are an area of strength and she is able to quickly build a rapport with the children she works with, which has a positive impact on outcomes. Sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the child. Involving the children, where possible, in setting realistic, functional goals is also a priority.
Helen is based in Rochester, Kent, where she can offer home or nursery visits for assessment and therapy to Medway and the surrounding areas, including:
- Kings Hill
- West Malling
Arwen Coulthurst BSc Honours Speech Science, MRCSLT, MHCPC
Arwen qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) from University College London in 2009. Before starting work as an SLT, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Institute of Education, assessing children and collecting data for the Bercow Review (A Review of Services for Children and Young People (0 - 19) with Speech, Language and Communication Needs). Following this, she has worked in a variety of settings including mainstream schools, preschools and special schools as well as clinics and children’s centres.
Arwen is skilled at working with children who have additional needs, such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome and learning difficulties. She has spent a long time working closely as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other professionals as well as families; she believes successful collaboration and a holistic child-centred approach are key to achieving positive outcomes.
Having a young family of her own, Arwen understands the anxieties and pressures of parenthood and chooses family-friendly methods of working. She is a creative therapist who believes that children learn best when they are having fun.
Arwen has completed training in:
- Attention Autism - Gina Davies
- Verbal Pupils with ASD - Elklan
- Down’s Syndrome - Symbol UK
Arwen is able to visit your child at their home or at their pre-school, nursery or school. She is able to provide outreach visits to the following areas (as well as others):
Zoe Swayne, BSc, MHCPC, MRCSLT
Zoe qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2009 from the University of Reading. She entered into this career following personal experience of supporting her foster siblings with their speech, language and communication skills at home during her teenage years. Since qualifying, Zoe has worked in Early Years Clinics, Primary schools and Secondary schools in East Kent.
Zoe’s current NHS role within a specialist resource-based provision allows her to provide intensive levels of therapy to children with complex language and / or speech disorders. From this she has seen the significant impact that timely, engaging and fun therapy can have on children’s progress. She has also developed specialist skills in working with children who stammer, and has a particular interest in working with children in care.
In order to best meet the individual needs of the children and families she is working with, Zoe has completed a number of additional courses - e.g. Palin Parent-Child Interaction and the Lidcombe Programme (in relation to children who stammer), Intensive Interaction and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (in relation to children with language delays / social communication difficulties) and PROMPT (in relation to children with speech sound disorders). She is also a Makaton Local Tutor.
Zoe is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people by supporting them to reach their full communication potential through joint target setting and fun therapy sessions.
Areas where Zoe can provide outreach visits include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Herne Bay
- Medway Towns (Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham)
- Thanet (Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs)
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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