Specialist Speech & Language Therapist. Complementary Therapist. Enabler. Carer. Friend.
A decade ago I began my professional journey helping others and developing experience working with a range of populations. In addition to a caring role in my personal life, whilst studying to become a Speech & Language Therapist at College and University, I was fortunate to work and volunteer supporting people via:
- School Holiday Play Scheme for Children & Young People Living with Disabilities (Play Worker & then Manager)
- Saturday ‘Respite’ Play Scheme for Children & Young People Living with Disabilities (Play Worker & then Deputy Manager)
- The Stroke Association
- The Alzheimers Society
- HM Prison Service
- Teaching Assistant in a Special School
- Volunteering with children in Peru
- Volunteering at a medical centre in Uganda
- Vocal Advocacy Service
- Domiciliary Care for Older People
- Enabling Service, Social Club & Supported Living for Adults living with Developmental Disabilities
- Personalised Respite Care & Enabling for Individuals Living with Developmental Disabilities and ‘SEN’.
Following a 3.5 year BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy degree I began working in an NHS post as a Speech & Language Therapist (SALT) in Special Schools. I am now a Specialist SALT specialising in both complex needs communication and dysphagia (Eating, Drinking & Swallowing disorders) as well as regularly providing clinical placements for student SALT.
Alongside my studies and career I have provided respite care and enabling for people with a range of needs including: communication needs, physical needs, medical needs, degenerative conditions, challenging behaviours, sensory integration difficulties, learning disabilities, social and emotional needs. In this role I have seen the benefit of relationship building and integrating into the persons life, including into the family unit. This is at the heart of my holistic work, helping people by understanding people.
Within my personal life I have been fortunate enough to travel widely around the world and bring my passion for supporting others with me.
In 2015 I travelled to Uganda and in 2016 founded Wanjawulo; a Charity supporting people with developmental disabilities & their families. I continue my work with Wanjawulo and you can find out more by following us on Facebook or clicking the below link to see a video about our work.
Traveling and backpacking has enabled me to learn about different cultures, spirituality and approaches to life. This led to an interest in Spirituality, Holistic Therapies and the development of ‘Black & The Wild’ where I provide therapies to support personal and spiritual growth including Reiki, Yoga, Tarot & meditation support.
As my interest and experiences developed, I knew I wanted to combine my passions and experience to create something truly holistic that helps people grow and live happy.
Relevant Qualifications & Training:
- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
- Specialist Level Dysphagia Practitioner
- Reiki Master Practitioner
- Special Yoga for Special Children Practitioner
- How to Teach Meditation
- Tarot Reading Commendation Certificate
- Certificate in Managing Challenging Behaviours Positively
- Assessment of AAC
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Makaton Level 3
- Attention Autism with Gina Davies
- Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)
- smiLE Therapy
- Various certificates related to the management of individual medical needs and emergency medication.
- Elklan Tutor
- Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder
- Mandatory training to include Safeguarding L3 and GDPR.
- Rainbow Kids Touch & Relaxation Therapy Instructor
- Crystal Therapy
- Lego Therapy
- Talk Yoga
- Story Massage Instructor
- Storysharing Registered Practitioner
- Birthlight Baby Yoga & Baby Massage
- 200HTT Yoga Teacher (current student level)
- More coming soon…
- Health & Care Professionals Council
- Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
- Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice
- More coming soon…