I originally graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, in 1991 and have over 25 years experience working in the NHS. Most of this time has been spent in North and West Cumbria. Specialising in supporting children and young people with complex needs, I worked as Clinical Lead at James Rennie School, Carlisle, before joining the Specialist Advisory Teaching Service in Whitehaven as a Highly Specialist SLT working with children with developmental language disorder.
I have used Makaton with children and their families for many years, and have extensive experience working in schools to support children with speech, language and communication needs. Early in my career, it was clear to me that many people, young, and not so young, would benefit from its use. I strongly believe that providing good quality Makaton training, activities and ongoing support will have a significant positive impact on communication skills. I am proud to now be dually qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist and Regional Makaton Tutor.
Whilst the last two years have produced many challenges for us all, the option to offer Makaton Training online has seen many people access training that had previously been out of reach. Online training is most definitely here to stay and I hope moving forwards, anyone interested in learning and using Makaton will face fewer barriers to achieving their goals.
Regional Makaton Tutor
Speech and Language Therapist
BSc (Hons) MRCSLT, MASLTIP, RegHCPC