Nicola Lathey is an author, Speech and Language TherapistNicola Lathey is an author, Speech and Language Therapist, and founder and head of The Owl Centre

Nicola Lathey is one of the top Speech and Language Therapists in the UK. She is the author of the prize-winning and best-selling book, Small Talk (Macmillan), and has also written a series of children’s books, underpinned by Speech and Language Therapy principles, published by Campbell books (also part of panmacmillan).

Nicola Lathey - therapist

Nicola has spoken about Speech and Language development in children on national television and national and international radio. She has also featured in newspapers and magazines across the world. She has given lectures at the request of universities, charities, and businesses in the UK, and in 2014 spoke alongside Professor Sir Robert Winston at The Baby Show in Birmingham's NEC arena. She also spoke at the 2016 Show.

Nicola's decision to train as a Speech and Language Therapist centred on the fact that she has a younger brother with Down's Syndrome, who needed Speech and Language Therapy support when he was young. She therefore has direct personal experience of the effects which speech and language problems can have on children and on their families. She qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1999, graduating from University College London, and worked for the NHS and abroad from then until 2011 when she set up the first Owl Centre in Oxford - in part because she was asked by so many parents if she carried out private work.


Nicola is a member of ASLTIP (Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice), the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and the Health Professional Council.

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