What is a speech and language therapist?
"Speech and Language Therapist’s (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have speech, language and communication needs, and eating, drinking and swallowing needs".
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
How can speech and language therapists help children?
Speech and language therapists support children whose speech, language and communication needs are their main difficulty, as well as children where their communication needs are associated with difficulties such as hearing impairment or learning difficulties.
Speech and language therapists specifically tailor the therapy to meet the needs of each child in order to support them to communicate in the most effective way in daily life and to support them to reach their own potential.
Speech and language therapists also help the key people in a child’s environment to understand the child’s communication needs more fully and help them to feel confident in ways to support the child’s communication needs in a range of contexts.
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Who can I help?
I see children between 2 – 8 years with a range of speech, language and communication needs.
I specialise in working with children
whose speech is difficult for others to understand
with delayed or disordered language development
with difficulties in talking including using grammar
and putting sentences together
who have difficulties with understanding spoken language and with following instructions
with a speech sound delay
or disorder including developmental verbal dyspraxia
whose speech is not fluent speech or who have a stammer
with social communication difficulties and disorders
‘There is increasing evidence that early intervention has a positive impact on the outcomes of children with speech, language and communication needs'.
Bercow Report 2008
I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1994. I worked in the NHS for 22 years, and as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for 11 years before I began working as an Independent Practitioner.
I was also responsible for overseeing clinical supervision for Speech and Language Therapists within the Department.
I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Association for Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice. I am also registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.
I have worked in a number of settings including community clinics, children’s centres, nurseries, schools and in language units attached to primary schools.
I love my work and have found it extremely rewarding to be able to support speech and language therapy students throughout my career. I won an Annual Mentorship Award in 2004 in recognition of my work in supporting students. I have also been involved in student training as a clinical examiner.
Professional Memberships and Registrations
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist
Health & Care Professionals Council
Association for Speech & Language in Independent Practice.
What people say...
"Monique encouraged us to work together as a team with her leading and creating the interventions which we would practise daily at home. She also encouraged a multi-disciplinary approach and we worked closely with the ENT department at the hospital, the school and the GP. Monique prepared reports which I shared with the school and the ENT team to help develop a holistic picture of the complex features which combined to result in my daughter’s condition. This collaborative approach meant that we had the benefit of medical intervention working alongside therapy sessions towards a shared goal." Sarah
Where I work
I am able to offer home and school visits in Merton, Sutton, and Croydon.
I work at The Wimbledon Practice :
141b Kingston Road, London, SW19 1LJ.
Our clinic is located in Wimbledon on the corner of Kingston and Russell Road. Our entrance is on Russell Road.
There are a few pay and display parking bays directly outside the office on both sides of the road and more available round the corner on Harcourt Road.
The following buses will bring you close to the office: the 152, the 163 and the 164. We are only a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon main line and underground station and 5 minutes from South Wimbledon tube station.