My Experience

I have experience in, amongst others, the following areas of speech and language and feeding development:

  • speech sound difficulties
  • muscles weakness of the mouth muscles (lips, jaw, tongue, cheek, velum and abdominal muscles)
  • dyspraxia of speech
  • tongue thrust (tongue pushing between the teeth) and lisping
  • auditory processing
  • sensory processing problems
  • feeding disorders, anything from the fussy eater to weaning children of their PEG.
  • children on the autism spectrum
  • children with Down syndrome
  • children with cerebral palsy
  • drooling and dribbling
  • phonological disorders or delays
  • need to stop sucking thumb or dummy

I treat children and adults of all ages to improve speech clarity and oral motor related feeding problems.

Training

I have continued my professional development by doing various courses and implementing it as part of my therapy to provide a therapy plan that is unique to your child and will benefit his speech and language development the best. It includes the following, although this list is not extensive:

ABA training

As adults we respond to rewards every day. We are rewarded for a smile by someone smiling back at us. So we will smile again. But if no-one ever smiles back, you will stop smiling, right? We are “rewarded” by a lift arriving after pressing the button, so therefore we will press the button again next time we need the lift. If the button doesn’t do anything, we will stop pressing the button! Our rewards are subtle. ABA teaches how to reward a behaviour you want to be repeated. And how to encourage your child to finally repeat behaviour for only the subtle reward. This approach works amazingly well with improving verbal behaviour (speech and language) and takes the stress out of getting your child to co-operate. Find out more at www.marybarbera.com

Auditory processing
The education world in an auditory learning world. Kids struggling with auditory processing, will be impaired in their ability to understand what the teacher is teaching or what their instructions are. They will have trouble with reading and writing. I can help by addressing the auditory processing disorder and teach the child how to respond and process sound.
Bobath for the speech therapist

The Bobath concept is used with children with cerebral palsy and other similar neurological diagnosis. It is an approach that promotes motor learning for efficient motor control in various environments and therefore improving participation and function. By using this approach in therapy I facilitate improved posture needed for breathing in speech as well as feeding. I also use it to facilitate improved motor control of the articulators for improved clarity of speech.

Nuffield approach to verbal dyspraxia

This approach included therapy principles and techniques to gradually build up a child’s verbal speech sound repertoire. It starts with speech sounds in isolation and builds it up through a hierarchy to spontaneous speech. Find out more at www.ndp3.org

PROMPT

This technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that manipulates the client’s muscles manually to guide them to the correct place for articulation, and to develop proper oral muscular movement. Find our more at www.promptinstitue.com

Sensory integration

we perceive our whole world through our senses. All we do every moment of every day includes sensory integration. We perceive information all day everyday through our senses, and learn through our senses. Imagine the impact on your learning if your sensory integration system is distorted or disordered! This includes feeding, speech and language. I have a solid understanding of how important it is to ensure the person’s sensory system is addressed correctly in order to improve and facilitate feeding speech and language development. Find out more at www.sinetwork.org

SOS feeding

Often wondered why your child is such a fussy eater? Every consider that maybe it has a real cause and it isn’t simply naughtiness?  This approach identifies specific problems and addresses it accordingly, taking into account that eating is such a huge part of our lives and problems with eating often adds an additional behavioral aspect.  Find our more at www.sosapproach-conferences.com

Talktools

I am one of only a few therapists in the UK trained in TalkTools Level 3 – an eye-opening sensory and motor approach to speech and feeding disorders. Developing the underlying muscle skills for children and adults who have speech and feeding difficulties, results in clarity of speech and improved feeding skills. Find out more at www.talktools.com and www.eg-training.com