My name is Nicola and I provide a range of speech therapy services through my business Speech and Language Therapy.
I primarily work with children and young people across Lancashire as well as Manchester and Liverpool, using techniques I have honed for over 30 years to improve children’s grasp on language and communication for everyday life.
I qualified as a speech and language therapist in July 1989 from the National Hospital’s College of Speech Sciences and obtained a BSc (Hons) from University College London.
Since qualifying, I have specialised in the field of paediatric speech and language therapy. I was the therapy manager for paediatrics at East Cheshire NHS Trust until May 1999 and had direct professional responsibility for paediatric speech and language therapy services.
Between 2000 - 2006, I was a tutor at Manchester University specialising in paediatrics and clinical practice, and then a clinical examiner until 2013.
I currently work as an independent speech and language therapist, writing a number of papers about speech and language therapy, and presentations including the New Zealand International Speech and Language Therapy Conference and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists Conference.
My clients include people who have specific speech and language difficulties, as well as those whose difficulties are a result of special needs, illness, or accidents. I have several research interests, and a number of clients benefit from my links with various university departments.
I am an independent member of an adoption panel and have a special interest in children being looked after. Whenever possible I do ask parents, carers, and teachers to be involved with therapy, and hope they enjoy the support and training that is provided as part of it.
From time to time, I run groups and training to enable parents or professionals to get support and ideas from each other, if they would like to be involved.