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Speech and Language Therapists in SussexHighly Professional Speech and Language Therapists in Sussex.

The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapists in Sussex

The Speech and Language Therapists at The Owl Centre in Sussex 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.


Sophie Church PG Dip., BA (Hons), MA, MASLTIP, MRCSLT

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
  • Bexhill
  • Burwash
  • Cranbrook
  • Crowborough
  • Eastbourne
  • Hailsham
  • Hastings
  • Hawkhurst
  • Heathfield
  • Rye
  • Tenterden
  • Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells and surrounding villages
  • Wadhurst



Lauren Bannister - BSc (hons)

Lauren Bannister BSc (hons)

Lauren qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2015 from City University London and received two awards for academic and clinical success whilst studying. Since qualifying, she has worked with students aged between 8-20 years old with a range of speech, language and communication needs, such as autism, pragmatic language difficulties, dyspraxia, speech impairment, language difficulties, learning needs, and dyslexia and other speech, language and communication difficulties. Through this she has developed her knowledge and experience of working with children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs, and has worked closely with many different health and education agencies.

Lauren’s passion is supporting children and young people have a voice and supporting their social communication, language or speech needs. She is passionate about making therapy specific and relevant to the student’s needs, priorities and interests which she believes is vital for the success of the therapy as this makes the experience fun and dynamic. Lauren believes that family involvement within the assessment and the therapy are important to make sure that they feel confident to support their child.

Lauren’s particular areas of special interest are supporting students with social communication difficulties and autism. She believes that there are many ways of supporting students who find it difficult to communicate with others, and is passionate about making social communication easy to understand and to apply to different situations.

Lauren also has experience working with children with language difficulties and has worked in secondary schools and colleges supporting young people access the curriculum, understand the world better and develop their use and understanding of language. As well as this, she is also passionate about supporting students with speech difficulties.

Lauren is based in Haywards Heath and can travel up to 30-40 minutes to visit clients.



Sophie Barson - BSc, MRCSLT, MHCPC.

Sophie Barson - BSc, MRCSLT, MHCPC.

Full name: Sophie Barson

Known as: Sophie

Type of therapist: Speech and Language Therapist.

Qualifications: BSc, MRCSLT, MHCPC.

Year of qualifying: 2012


  • Has worked for the NHS for nearly 6 years in a range of settings including early years clinics, mainstream primary schools and a specialist ASD School.
  • Has experience working with a range of difficulties including autism, social communication difficulties, developmental language disorder, language delay, speech delay and Moderate Learning Disabilities.
  • Passionate about working with children and alongside families and other professionals to provide a holistic approach to the child’s communication development.
  • Consistently uses a wide range of evidence-based assessments, therapeutic interventions and outcome measures to provide the most effective treatment for children and their families, with clearly set targets and therapy plans, as well as delivering training and working alongside teaching staff, parents and other professionals. Ensures that therapy is client centred, creative and highly motivating for the child.
  • Experienced in delivering training to teaching staff and parents and delivering a range of interventions such as parent-child interaction therapy, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS), Colourful Semantics, Narrative therapy and Intensive Interaction.

 Interesting / fun facts:

  • Loves to travel and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.



Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.


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