I have always been interested in learning about people which led me to love topics like biology and psychology in school. With the help of my biology teacher, I found out about speech and language therapy and attended an open day at a university. As soon as the talk started I was hooked! I loved how you gained an understanding of the everyday tasks that we tend to take for granted, like communicating and eating, and utilized that knowledge to help people. I completed my degree in Speech and Language Therapy in 2021 and have been working as a Speech and Language Therapist ever since.
Whilst at university I completed placements in a range of settings including specialised education schools, community paediatrics and residential homes for people with learning disabilities. My dissertation focused on the Speech and Language Therapist’s role in supporting adults with learning disabilities to talk about death and dying. I presented my dissertation at my university and at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) annual conference in 2021 to professionals all around the world. My degree gave me specialist knowledge but also developed my particular interest in working with feeding difficulties, young people and people with learning disabilities.
Since I qualified I have worked in education settings with young people all the way from nursery up to college age. I have worked with diagnoses such as Autism, Developmental Language Disorder, speech sound disorders/ delays and learning disabilities. I absolutely love working with people, getting to know them as individuals. My proudest moments in my career are when my clients start to use their skills outside of therapy sessions. It makes me so happy to see how the work I do has a direct impact on their everyday life.