Highly Professional Speech and Language Therapists in Northamptonshire.
The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapists in Northamptonshire
The Speech and Language Therapists at The Owl Centre in Northamptonshire 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.
Jennifer Dando, BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, MRCSLT, HCPC Registered
Since qualifying in 2009, Jennifer has worked with school-aged children in both the NHS and independently. She has a wide range of experience supporting children and young people with speech, language and social communication difficulties in primary and secondary schools. Jennifer believes it is essential that therapy supports access to learning alongside developing skills that will last through life.
Jennifer has experience assessing and delivering a variety of therapeutic interventions in the areas of speech, social communication skills, receptive and expressive language and implementing a communication friendly environment. Through assessment, Jennifer aims to identify a profile of strengths and needs and identify if specific support is needed.
Jennifer currently works as a Highly Specialist Therapist in a residential secondary specialist school for boys with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Jennifer values the importance of working within a multidisciplinary team including parents, teachers, learning support assistants, care workers, occupational therapists, counsellors and clinical psychologists, and liaises closely with them to provide advice and strategies to develop and support young people's communication skills in all environments. Her current role has allowed Jennifer to understand the impact of speech, language and communication needs on curriculum access, building social relationships and independent living, and to find creative ways to develop these skills.
Jennifer runs social skills groups, which often incorporate Social Thinking® principles, and she also works individually with young people focusing on areas which might include: understanding non-literal language (such as sarcasm, humour, idiom), social conventions, perspective taking, conversation skills, handling teasing, improving vocabulary, and understanding the language of exam questions. She works alongside teachers to support modifications to the teaching environment and to provide support for curriculum key concepts.
Jennifer has attended a range of short courses including Social Thinking®, Oral Language Modification and Elklan and she is also one of a small number of certified providers within the UK of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) for Adolescents.
Places that Jennifer can visit include (but are not limited to):
- Hinton in the Hedges
- Kings Sutton
- Marston St Lawrence
- Middleton Cheney
- Sibford Ferris & Sibford Gower
- Thorpe Mandeville
Amy Whenman BSc (Hons) MHCPC, MRCSLT, MASLTIP
Amy qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2008 and has gained considerable experience supporting children within the NHS system across a range of settings including clinics, children’s centres, and mainstream schools and preschools.
Amy has vast experience supporting children of all ages who present with a range of difficulties in the areas of attention and listening, speech, receptive language, expressive language, stammering and social communication difficulties.
Amy is passionate about building trusting relationships and a strong rapport with children. She is committed to working out the best ways to engage and motivate children within therapy. She knows that children learn best when they are having fun, and her therapy sessions are designed to be not only effective, but creative and rewarding too.
Amy knows that a holistic child-centre approach is key to achieving positive outcomes in therapy. She is able to work closely with parents, school staff & other professionals to maximise the benefit of therapy programmes.
Amy has a special interest in working with children who have difficulties with speech sound production.
Here is a list of towns – which is not exclusive – to which Amy is able to travel:
- Burton Latimer
- Higham Ferrers
- Newton Bromswold
- St. Neots
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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