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
Laura Britchford, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Since qualifying in 2009 (BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology), Laura has worked with a range of children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties, complex needs, mental health problems, emotional and behavioural difficulties, syndromes, learning difficulties and in particular those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Laura began working within the NHS in 2013 as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. She is accustomed to working closely with Speech and Language Therapists, parents and education staff and is able to implement a range of therapeutic interventions including: speech sound production, PECS, Makaton Sign Language, See and Learn, Communication Books and language programmes. Laura has experience working with children in a variety of settings including residential and specialist schools, clinics, Children’s Centres, mainstream schools, nurseries and pre-schools.
Laura loves working with children and supporting parents/school staff to aid them in achieving their full potential. Having a young son of her own, Laura understands that children are most motivated when they are interested and having fun! Laura tailors therapy programmes to each individual child and makes therapy fun, enjoyable and rewarding by adapting games and activities to the child's current interests.
Locations that Laura can visit include (but are not limited to):
- Burton Latimer
- Higham Ferrers
- Newton Bromswold
- St. Neots
Sophie Howell MSc Speech Language Therapy, member of ASHA
Sophie trained in the United States as a speech and language therapist and practised in Alaska, USA, evaluating and treating a variety of children from preschool to school age. She has experience with treating speech sound delays and disorders as well as delays in language expression and understanding.
Sophie’s approach to working with children is to facilitate enjoyable communication, using motivating games and activities to target behaviours agreed with parents and caregivers.
Sophie has experienced speech language intervention from the other side too, when her son received language therapy in the home as a young toddler. She empathises with the concern and worry that a delay or disorder can cause in families.
Sophie is recently trained in SCERTS (for autism and social communication difficulties), and is a fan of using Makaton sign to aid communication difficulty, which is proven to support language development. Sophie has also worked in primary schools supporting children with speech and language needs; having previously worked as a class teacher in primary age schools, she feels comfortable in both the academic and home settings.
Sophie is based in Northampton and is able to provide home or school visits to the following areas, amongst others:
- Market Harborough
Sophie also has clearance to visit RAF Alconbury and RAF Croughton.
Rabab Sehr BS (Hons)
Rabab Sehr is a multi-lingual Speech Language Therapist from Pakistan. She has over six years of experience in providing therapy to individuals with various communication and swallowing impairments. The range of disorders she has worked with include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Apert Syndrome, Fragile x Syndrome, Language delay/disorder, Motor Speech disorders, Articulation disorders, stuttering and others.
In addition to his, Rabab is trained in Oral Placement Therapy and loves to work with those who have dysphagia (difficulty in eating/drinking). She has experience in conducting various language enrichment groups, social skills groups and fluency management groups for children and adults.
Rabab is a strong believer of evidence-based practice and strives to keep herself updated with current research and training in her field. She is particularly interested in paediatric speech language and swallowing disorders and adult stuttering / stammering.
Rabab is able to provide home visits in certain parts of Northamptonshire.
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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