IBCLC Lactation Consultant
I have more than 25 years of experience helping babies and children with Speech, Language and Developmental Delay. Since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Communication Sciences in 1996 I have provided diagnostic and therapeutic services in the NHS across a multitude of settings, both hospital and rehabilitative community settings, in child development centres and schools.
In 2017 I created the London Speech and Feeding Practice, a boutique-style, bespoke and highly specialised service dedicated to supporting children and their families. I place high value on close cooperation with colleagues in the NHS in order to achieve the very best outcome for each child and family.
My mission is to provide high-quality consultancy and therapy for all my clients and to ensure that families receive expert advice, dedicated support and best practice of intervention. In order to ensure high quality care I only take on a handful of clients at any one time which ensures that each client receives individualised, bespoke and thorough support.
When I am not seeing patients I enjoy gardening, baking, and travelling with my two sons and husband. We are a bilingual household (German-English); raising my sons bilingually has given me added experience and another perspective into speech and language development in a multi-lingual context and I am able to draw positively on my experience in my therapeutic interventions with families of bi or multi-lingual backgrounds.
Areas of Expertise
Speech and Feeding Difficulties
If your child has trouble controlling lips, tongue or jaw muscles, – from talking to eating or sipping from a straw — these are tough skills to master and I can help your child develop these skills. Your little one has a lisp or a ‘funny r-sound’? With a little time and practice we can make it better!
Is your child late in talking and struggling to communicate or making friends? Maybe he or she is not able to tell you their needs without a tantrum and tears? Perhaps your little one doesn’t speak at all or he / she repeats words or sentences you say ? I am able to clarify for you what the issues are, what might be causing them and how to help you help your child to the next level.
Bachelor of Science Degree
Clinical Communication Sciences at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Swiss Cottage, London, UK. Graduation: 1996.
Practice, London 2017- to date
London Speech and Feeding – London
September 2019 – May 2020
The Royal Free Hospital NHS TRUST – Barnet Hospital, Neonatal Starlight Unit: Neonatal Speech and Language Therapist and Lactation Consultant. Secondment with Dr. Celia Harding
LONDON NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST, Community Child Development Service for the London Borough of Brent: Senior Lead Therapist for Special Needs and Dysphagia
LONDON NORTH WEST NHS HEALTHCARE TRUST, Northwick Park Hospital, Early Intervention and Special Needs Service: Senior Speech and Language Therapist
EAST LONDON NHS TRUST, Hackney Early Years Service and Special Needs School Provision: Speech and Language Therapist in mainstream school, community clinics and special needs schools
Dysphagia postgraduate Diploma 2000
Makaton Regional Trainer Diploma 2015
Hanen Program Certification 2016, 2018 and 2020
International Board Certification of Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) 2019
ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) certified (2019)