Lisa graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Speech and Language Therapy. She joined the Integrated Treatment Services team alongside her job working with adults with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. She was promoted to Service Delivery Manager in 2014; she manages the therapy team and maintains a clinical caseload.

Her clinical caseload consists of adults with Learning Disability, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Acquired Brain Injury and Dysfluency (stutter and clutter). Additionally, she works with children and adults with Speech difficulties, Language delays and social communication difficulties.

Lisa is a confident therapist who assesses and diagnoses clients with a variety of communication needs. Lisa is a specialist in working with children and adults with learning difficulties and complex needs including challenging behaviour. She provides management plans for clients including Learning Disability, Mental Health Conditions, Traumatic Brain Injury and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Lisa also has extensive experience of working within the forensic area of Speech and Language therapy.

Lisa develops and uses Alternative and Augmentative Communication with her clients. She is an expert in simplifying language and she is able to adapt her communication style appropriately for her listener. Lisa has knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and uses accessible information to help clients make informed choices. Lisa advocates a total communication approach when working with people with complex needs. She is experienced in training others to become effective communication partners and in how to support someone through a total communication approach.

Lisa really helped us from the beginning to the end of her time with us. She provided me with advice and ideas and I valued her insight. She helped me to develop and challenge my son, giving him a much more stable environment. We are so grateful to have worked with her.

Sarah, Mother of a child aged 6 with Autism, Leeds

Lisa’s knowledge, understanding and clinical reasoning are influenced by current evidence based practice, Department of Health publications, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s Communicating quality guidelines, position papers and clinical guidelines. The values of these documents underpin her holistic person centered approach to care and her motivation to empower her clients to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Lisa values multidisciplinary team working and works jointly with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Clinical Psychologists and Forensic Psychiatrists.

Lisa’s excellent interpersonal skills enable her to quickly establish a working relationship with her clients and their carers. She is empathetic and supportive and provides a person centred approach to care; ensuring clients and carers are integral team members.

Lisa has effectively implemented therapeutic approaches including but not limited to PEC’s, TEACHH and AAC including Makaton, Objects of reference, Symbol systems and Talking Mats. Lisa is Team Teach trained and has experience of working with children and adults with challenging behaviours.

Lisa is able to provide 1:1 and group therapy throughout Leeds and the surrounding areas.

Throughout my time of employing Lisa, I was very impressed by her initiative, professionalism, skills and knowledge of ASC and hard working attitude.

Head Teacher, Leeds

Locations I work in

  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • International

Age groups I work with:

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

Client groups I work with:

  • Acquired brain injury (ABI)
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • Bilingualism
  • Down syndrome
  • Dyspraxia
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD)
  • Forensic settings
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Language disorder
  • Learning disability
  • Mainstream schools
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatric needs
  • Sensory processing difficulties/Sensory Integration difficulties
  • Social Communication difficulties
  • Specialist schools
  • Speech and language delay/disorder
  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Dysfluency - Stuttering and Cluttering
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Adults with learning difficulties
  • Severe and Complex needs
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Word finding difficulties
  • Higher Level Language difficulties
  • Multi sensory Impairment
  • AAC users
  • Dysarthria (motor speech difficulties)
  • Young Offenders
  • Aphasia
  • Play schools and Nurseries
  • Genetic disorders
  • Cognitive Communication Difficulties
  • 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
  • Hanen approaches
  • Ipad apps
  • Nuffield dyspraxia programme
  • Objects of reference and symbol systems
  • Parent-child interaction (PCI) therapy
  • Phonological awareness
  • Picture Exchange Systems (PECS)
  • See and Learn Programme
  • Semantic links
  • Sensory Processing Techniques
  • Signing systems
  • Smooth Speech Techniques
  • Social Communication Strategies
  • Talk tools
  • TEACHH
  • Total Communication Approach
  • Visual Supports
  • Workstations
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Talk Boost
  • Talking Mats
  • Sensory Integration
  • Derbyshire Language Scheme
  • Makaton
  • Visual Communication strategies
  • Phonological Therapy
  • Auditory Discrimination Activities
  • Word Finding Approaches
  • Dyspraxia drills
  • Symbolic play
  • Language Steps
  • Vocal Hygiene
  • Elklan
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Social Stories