Helen graduated from De Montfort university in 2004, working in the NHS for over 10 years. She has experience of working in a variety of settings including community clinics, Special needs schools, autism provisions, pre-school and school age Autism diagnostic services.

During the time spent working within the Nhs Helen worked with a wide range of difficulties providing assessment and intervention for language delays, language disorder, specific language impairment.  Helen has experience of implementing low tech and high tech AAC systems.

Helen is a guest lecturer at De Montfort university lecturing Paediatric Learning disability and Autism. Helen particularly enjoys training others and has provided training for a range of professionals and parents. Helen is able to implement a number of interventions such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems, Intensive Interaction, SCERTS® and Hanen it takes two to talk programme in the home and educational setting. She enjoys working alongside other professionals contributing to supporting the child’s needs. Helen is a team player who appreciates the need for Multi-Disciplinary Team work.

Helen has worked in a number of teams within the NHS that were nominated for special achievement awards, showing Helen’s dedication to team work particularly involving changes around service delivery. Partnership Award 2011 and Shining through Award 2013 both receiving Highly commended and winning Clinical Team of the year (Paediatrics Complex needs speech and language therapy service 2009).


Locations I work in

  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • International

Age groups I work with:

  • Pre-School
  • School Age
  • Secondary School
  • Young Adults
  • Adults with Learning Disabilities

Client groups I work with:

  • AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) users
  • Acquired brain injury (ABI)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • Bilingualism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children & young adults to 19 yrs
  • Down syndrome
  • Dyslexia and literacy difficulties
  • Dyspraxia
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD)
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Hearing impairment
  • Language disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Learning disability
  • Mainstream schools
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatric needs
  • Specialist schools
  • Speech and language delay/disorder
  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Adults with learning difficulties
  • Severe and Complex needs
  • Selective Mutism
  • Multi sensory Impairment
  • AAC users
  • Play schools and Nurseries
  • Genetic disorders
  • Cognitive Communication Difficulties
  • Prader Willi
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Special Education Need settings

Clinical approaches I offer:

  • Attention/Listening Activities
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
  • Cognitive Neuro Psychology model
  • Communication Passports
  • Core Vocabulary Approach
  • Cued Articulation
  • Developing Shared Attention (DSA)
  • Early Intervention
  • Ipad apps
  • Nuffield dyspraxia programme
  • Objects of reference and symbol systems
  • Parent-child interaction (PCI) therapy
  • Phonological awareness
  • Picture Exchange Systems (PECS)
  • Pre-teaching vocabulary (and other word-finding approaches)
  • Psycholinguistic framework
  • Reading Skills
  • SCERTS
  • See and Learn Programme
  • Signing systems
  • Social communication programmes; Talk About, Social Use of
  • Social Communication Strategies
  • Social Skills/ ASD/ Self Esteem/ understanding yourself
  • Talk tools
  • TEACHH
  • Total Communication Approach
  • Visual Supports
  • Workstations
  • Social communication programmes; Talk About
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Talk Boost
  • Talking Mats
  • Derbyshire Language Scheme
  • Makaton
  • Visual Communication strategies
  • Tactile Communication Strategies
  • Vocabulary drilling
  • Word Finding Approaches
  • Selective Mutism approaches
  • Symbolic play
  • Sliding in approach
  • Visual commmunication approaches
  • Work stations
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Social Stories