Highly Professional Speech and Language Therapists in Kent.
The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapists in Kent
The Speech and Language Therapists at The Owl Centre in Kent combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Claire Chapman (née Grundy) BSc, MHCPC, MRCSLT
Claire has over 9 years of experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist within the NHS. She has worked with children aged 0-19 in clinic, mainstream schools and special schools. Claire's most recent post has involved working with children with a range of severe and complex needs, including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay.
Claire has specialised in working with children and works with families and schools to help develop a programme for each child, tailored to their individual needs. Claire has experience of parent-child interaction therapy. She is trained in the use of Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), a wide variety of alternative augmentative communication devices (AAC), PODD communication books, and intensive interaction. She is able to offer assessment, treatment and advice for a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties.
Claire has particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has extensive experience and knowledge of different assessment and therapy techniques to work with these children. She is able to provide both formal and informal assessments to pre-school and school-aged children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties.
Claire prides herself on building a good rapport with families and making the sessions fun so that the children and families feel relaxed with the approach and continue to make progress. Claire is a mother of two and understands the importance of putting the families she sees at the centre of all her care. She understands the pressures of everyday life and aims to make therapy as easy and accessible as possible for families so that their children can make progress.
Areas to which Claire can travel to provide therapy include (but aren´t limited to):
- Ashford and surrounding villages (for in-house appointments, a travel charge would apply)
- Dover and surrounding area
- Faversham and surrounding area
- Folkestone and surrounding area
Claire can also travel to Dartford and the surrounding areas of North Kent.
Alexea Stevens B.A. (Hons) Developmental Psychology, P.G.Dip Speech and Language Therapy, CMRCSLT, HCPC Registered
Alexea qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2011. She has spent the last few years working with bilingual children, their families and the international schools within South East Asia. Prior to leaving the UK, she developed assessment and therapy tools for universal support across the mainstream primary school setting as well as auditing schools on their whole school speech, language and communication provision.
Alexea has experience of working with children of all ages, most extensively with those from 2-11 years on an individual and group basis. She can work with a variety of needs including, language delay/impairment, speech difficulties, stammering, selective mutism and in the communication impairments of autism. She also supports children in the development of reading and writing through essential sound awareness training.
Alexea’s therapy includes developing strong relationships with children, parents and teachers to make therapy relevant and fun. She is also passionate about improving the quality of adult and child interactions so that speech and language skills are boosted naturally throughout the day.
Alexea can provide home, nursery or school visits across East Kent, including:
- Herne Bay
- Thanet and surrounding areas
Helen Stevens BA (Hons) PG Dip. MRCSLT, HCPC Registered
Helen qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2009, having previously completed a degree in music. Whilst training to be a Speech and Language Therapist, Helen quickly realised that her passion was for working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Helen has worked for the NHS since qualifying and in particular enjoys working with young children and their families, to maximise their potential and to enable parents to feel empowered to support their child’s communication needs. She strongly believes that a child who is having fun is more likely to engage and make progress!
Helen is trained in the use of Makaton signing stages 1-8, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Non-Directive Therapy and particularly enjoys carrying out early intervention with pre-school-aged children. She also has considerable experience in working with children with delayed or disordered speech sounds, from ages 2-10. Her current role involves working with young children with complex needs and social communication difficulties, and she has a particular interest in working with children with Down’s Syndrome.
Helen’s communication skills are an area of strength and she is able to quickly build a rapport with the children she works with, which has a positive impact on outcomes. Sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the child. Involving the children, where possible, in setting realistic, functional goals is also a priority.
Helen is based in Rochester, Kent, where she can offer home or nursery visits for assessment and therapy to Medway and the surrounding areas, including:
- Kings Hill
- West Malling
Arwen Coulthurst BSc Honours Speech Science, MRCSLT, MHCPC
Arwen qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) from University College London in 2009. Before starting work as an SLT, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Institute of Education, assessing children and collecting data for the Bercow Review (A Review of Services for Children and Young People (0 - 19) with Speech, Language and Communication Needs). Following this, she has worked in a variety of settings including mainstream schools, preschools and special schools as well as clinics and children’s centres.
Arwen is skilled at working with children who have additional needs, such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome and learning difficulties. She has spent a long time working closely as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other professionals as well as families; she believes successful collaboration and a holistic child-centred approach are key to achieving positive outcomes.
Having a young family of her own, Arwen understands the anxieties and pressures of parenthood and chooses family-friendly methods of working. She is a creative therapist who believes that children learn best when they are having fun.
Arwen has completed training in:
- Attention Autism - Gina Davies
- Verbal Pupils with ASD - Elklan
- Down’s Syndrome - Symbol UK
Arwen is able to visit your child at their home or at their pre-school, nursery or school. She is able to provide outreach visits to the following areas (as well as others):
Zoe Swayne, BSc, MHCPC, MRCSLT
Zoe qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2009 from the University of Reading. She entered into this career following personal experience of supporting her foster siblings with their speech, language and communication skills at home during her teenage years. Since qualifying, Zoe has worked in Early Years Clinics, primary schools and secondary schools in East Kent.
Most recently, Zoe has worked within a specialist resource-based provision, providing intensive levels of therapy to primary school children with complex language and / or speech disorders. From this she has seen the significant impact that timely, engaging and fun therapy can have on children’s progress. She also has specialist skills in working with children who stammer, and has a particular interest in working with children in care.
In order to best meet the individual needs of the children and families she is working with, Zoe has completed a number of additional courses - e.g. Palin Parent-Child Interaction and the Lidcombe Programme (in relation to children who stammer), Intensive Interaction and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (in relation to children with language delays / social communication difficulties) and PROMPT (in relation to children with speech sound disorders). She is also a Makaton Tutor.
Zoe is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people by supporting them to reach their full communication potential through joint target setting and fun therapy sessions.
Areas where Zoe can provide outreach visits include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Herne Bay
- Medway Towns (Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham)
- Thanet (Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs)
Sarah Clarke, BSc (Hons), MHCPC, MRCSLT, MASLTIP
Sarah qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2010. She has worked as part of a team of Speech Therapists developing assessment and therapy tools for school-aged children, and providing training on assessment of speech and language skills to teaching assistants and teachers across the UK.
Sarah has experience of working in schools and nurseries, with children aged 2-16. She can support families and schools with a variety of communication needs, including speech delays and speech disorders, developmental language disorder, social communication difficulties and stammering. She can carry out home visits, nursery visits or schools visits and her working times are flexible to fit around your family life.
Sarah values the importance of working together as a team, with all the child’s key communication partners, to develop communication skills in every area of the child’s life. As a parent herself, Sarah understands how vital it is to find the right person to help your child. She enjoys developing ways to fit therapy into your daily activities.
Sarah is based in Ramsgate, Kent and can provide visits to:
- Canterbury and surrounding areas
- Herne Bay
- Thanet (Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Margate, Birchington, Westgate on sea)
Sophie Church PG Dip., BA (Hons), MA, MASLTIP, MRCSLT
Sophie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2015. Prior to training, she worked for two years as an Individual Needs Assistant and supported children with speech, language and communication needs. It was while delivering regular therapeutic interventions that Sophie developed a passion for speech and language therapy.
After qualifying, Sophie joined the NHS children’s service in East Sussex where she worked with children aged 2 to 19 years old in clinics, nurseries, primary schools, a language unit, a special secondary school and a further education college.
Sophie has worked with children with a range of speech, language and communication needs including: Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), language disorder associated with biomedical conditions, speech delay / disorder, stammering and selective mutism. She has also worked with children with Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Global Developmental Delay.
Sophie is trained in the Lidcombe Programme (for children who stammer), Shape Coding (a language intervention), The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Makaton and the Down’s Syndrome Training delivered by Symbol UK.
Sophie believes in building good rapport with children and their families. Each child will have clear, measurable therapy goals and these will be targeted in therapy sessions. The sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs and Sophie uses resources that are fun and motivating. Depending on the child’s interests, these resources might be based on Pokemon characters or Tottenham football players!
Sophie works closely with parents, helping them to understand their child’s strengths and needs, while also giving them skills and strategies to support their child. Sophie has children of her own and understands the everyday challenges of family life. She therefore recommends activities that are family-friendly and that the child will enjoy doing at home.
Sophie can provide home, nursery or school visits across west Kent and East Sussex, including (but not limited to):
- Battle and surrounding villages
- Tunbridge Wells and surrounding villages
Lauren Payne Speech and Language Therapist, BSc (Hons), CertMRCSLT, HCPC, ICO, ACAMHS registered
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Language Therapy from City University of London and has over 6 years’ experience working as a speech and language therapist. She also holds a certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling from Oxford University. Lauren is a certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), is registered with the Healthcare Professional Council (HCPC) and is part of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). She is also a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMHS) and researches into new evidencebased approaches to improve child mental health. She has worked across a range of education and care settings, including management and leadership roles, across both public and private sectors.
Lauren is a dedicated and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist who has a passion for working with people of all ages to improve their communication and/or swallowing. A large portion of Lauren’s experience is in mainstream schools with a mixed caseload. This has primarily included providing assessment and working with children with various conditions including:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Developmental language disorder
- Speech and language difficulties
- Global developmental delay
- Speech Disorders
- Learning difficulties and complex needs
- Chromosome Disorders
- Sensory disorders
- Selective Mutism
- Emotional and psychological concerns
Lauren is trained in a variety of interventions including:
- Attention Autism
- Selective Mutism
- ICAN Early Talk Boost (EYFS)
- Social Stories
- Zones of Regulation
- Swindon Stammering Programme
- Sensory Integration (Beginners)
- Colourful Semantics
- Black Sheep Language Intervention
- Word Aware
- Intensive Interaction
- TAC PAC
Lauren's brother received a diagnosis at an early age. She first understood the importance of speech and language therapy and multidisciplinary team working through being a service user rather than a professional, and this is where her passion for her profession first began. Since providing assessment and intervention for a number of adolescents across London, mental health and its impact on language skills has also become a particular area of interest.
Lauren provides assessment and intervention across a range of areas including speech, language, literacy, stuttering, pragmatic/social skills and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). She understands that every child is their own person and strives to create individualised goals and therapy sessions always aiming to incorporate the child’s interests into activities. She believes that working in a team alongside health professionals, teachers and caregivers will ensure clientcentred care, and provides the best environment for the client to reach their goals. She works closely with families, understanding that they are just as much at the forefront of intervention as the client.
Lauren also has experience as an adult acute therapist, working with adults following an acute injury, head and neck cancer, stroke and traumatic brain injury. This is in the areas of dysphagia, aphasia, videofluroscopy and acquired apraxia of speech.
Lauren is dedicated to her own professional development, and is involved in multiple evidence bases and research areas to ensure a high quality of care. She is continually motivated by every child’s achievement, small or large.
Lauren can provide intervention in the following areas:
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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