I'm Debbie and I have over 15 years experience supporting children with a range of special educational needs both in mainstream and SEN schools in the Staffordshire Moorlands area.

Much of my career has been spent working with Autistic learners, as well as children with a unique range of different abilities both within mainstream and Special Education Schools. During the latter years spent in mainstream schools, I couldn't help but notice the number of children for whom communication was really impacting on their ability to thrive. More and more children were starting school with limited vocabulary and sentence structure, ultimately manifesting in behaviour outbursts of frustration and anxiety. I questioned how these children could still be expected to follow the curriculum without schools identifying and providing  appropriate early support.

Following completion of my PG Diploma in Language and Communication Impairment in Children, I decided I needed to help raise awareness of Developmental Language Delay and other communication difficulties and to collaborate with school staff to help identify difficulties early so that clinical referrals could be made sooner, or school based interventions could be put in place. 

Since establishing Speakwrite in 2017, I have supported over 200 children across 7 schools in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent. More recently, the Covid pandemic has forced me to embrace me fear of technology and I have successfully embraced the world of online intervention using Greenscreen games, Zoom and Bitpaper. I also teach English as a Foreign Language in my spare time!



My skills and qualifications include:

  • PGDip Language and Communication Impairment in Children

  • BA (Hons) Psycholinguistics

  • ICAN Licensee Talk Boost Tutor (license lapsed)

  • Cache Level 3 Supporting Children’s Learning

  • UGCert in Supporting Children with Physical Disabilities in Mainstream 

  • Attention Autism trained

  • TEACCH Trained

  • Makaton

  • Colourful Semantics 

  • Cued Articulation Certificate

  • Safeguarding Certificate

  • PREVENT training Certificate

  • Stoke Speaks Out Training Certificate 1 

  • Member of NASEN & NAPLIC

  • Full Disclosures and Barring Certificate

  • Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insurance

  • Codebreakers Dyslexia Tutor

  • TEFL trained