Profile

Hi

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.

My passion for understanding speech, language and communication developed during my Undergraduate studies in Psycholinguistics and since I had always loved children, I knew that I would eventually be able to put that knowledge to good use within education.

Much of my career has been spent working with  Autistic learners and 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 fit into the curriculum without schools identifying these difficulties and providing some sort of support in terms of clinical assessments or in school intervention as early as possible.

Having completed my PG Diploma in Language and Communication Impairment in Children I decided to apply this knowledge to help raise awareness of Developmental Language Delay and other communication difficulties, to help school staff identify difficulties early so that clinical referrals could be made sooner or school based interventions could be put in place. I basically aimed to fill that gap between a skills shortage in education and limited resources in NHS therapy services.

In 2017, I established SpeakWrite and set out to provide schools and families with a flexible option for supporting speech, language and communication in school or online.  I have a holistic approach and take time to get to know my learners, understanding their likes, dislikes and the ways that they like to learn. I work closely with school staff and families to ensure strategies are utlised and can be re-enforced outside of our sessions. My service has gone from strength to strength with my list of schools and private clients growing each year, check out my testimonials and my facebook page!

 

 

My skills and qualifications include:

  • PGDip Language and Communication Impairment in Children

  • BA (Hons) Psycholinguistics

  • ICAN Licensee Talk Boost Tutor

  • 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

Location

North Staffordshire and surrounding areas

Call

T: 07941 865743

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