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Iman Merali

Type of therapist: Speech and Language Therapy

Location: West Midlands


Articulation and Phonology Attention-related Difficulties (ADD, ADHD) Auditory Processing Disorder Autism Spectrum Bilingualism Cognitive-Communication Difficulties Dyspraxia Language Disorder Motor Speech Disorders Selective Mutism Signing Social and Emotional Difficulties Stammering


  • 2018-2019 University of Sheffield- Speech Difficulties (MSc) Distinction
  • Thesis: The Perceptions of UK-based South Asian Parents in Accessing Speech and Language Therapy, for Children with Autism Spectrum Condition.
  • 2012 – 2015 Birmingham City University – Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons) 2.1
  • Completed a dissertation on the parental expectations of using the Picture Exchange Communication System for pre-school children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 2010 - 2012 Kings Norton Girls School Sixth Form College
  • 4 A-Levels in Maths, Sociology, History and General Studies
  • 2004 - 2010 Sutton Coldfield Grammar School For Girls
  • 13 GCSE subjects of A-B grades


  • Sept 2019 – present Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist- Birmingham Community Health Care
  • Based in the Clinics and the Outreach team.
  • Completing Initial and Follow-Up Assessments.
  • Training parents in areas such as Early Language, School-Aged Language, Phonology and Fluency.
  • Providing supervision to a Newly Qualified Speech and Language Therapist.
  • Jan 2019 – Sept 2019 Speech and Language Therapist- Let’s Verbalise, Sheffield
  • Worked with private clients in both school and home settings.
  • Provided direct speech and language therapy to children with a range of speech and language difficulties, comprising Autism Spectrum Condition, Down Syndrome, Speech Sound Disorders.
  • • Liaised with school staff and parents to achieve client outcomes.
  • Feb 2016 – July 2018 Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist- Talk Therapy, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
  • • Worked in mainstream schools in Banbury and Birmingham with clients aged 3-11, with a range of speech and language difficulties; including the client group of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • • Conducted formal and informal assessments, and provided 1:1 and group therapy sessions to children within school.
  • • Collaborative working and training of different professionals, for instance: Special Educational Needs Coordinators, Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
  • Dec 2015 – Feb 2016 Sales Advisor- Oasis Stores Ltd., Birmingham
  • • Assisted customers within the store by catering to their needs, and provided excellent customer service.
  • • Ensured the shop floor was well stocked, and assisted with the organisation of the store.
  • • Processed payments and returns after receiving till training.
  • Sept 2015 - Oct 2015 Speech and Language Therapy Assistant- Al Muntazir Special Educational Needs Centre, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • • Worked with and observed children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome; focusing on improving their communicative abilities.
  • • Assisted the Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) during therapy sessions with the aforementioned children, focusing on: attention and listening, play, receptive and expressive language abilities.
  • Sept 2015- Oct 2015 Speech and Language Therapy Assistant- Hearwell Clinic, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • • Shadowed a SLT and Audiologist within the clinic, working with children with Cochlear Implants (CI).
  • • Interacted with parents regarding their children’s progress.
  • • Assisted the SLT during sessions in basic Swahili: teaching early sounds and functional words/names of animals to children with CI.
  • • Received positive feedback on my organisation, administration and communication skills.
  • Jan 2015- May 2015 Birmingham City University Placement- Lichfield/Tamworth/Selly Oak
  • • Formally and informally assessed, and provided therapy both with a SLT and independently to a range of clients, including children within a community clinic, children within a special educational needs school, and adults with Stroke.
  • • Proficiently interacted with both clients and their carers.
  • • Completion of administration tasks, such as sending out reports to professionals and carers of clients and updating their files.
  • Oct 2013- Dec 2013 Birmingham City University Placement- Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • • Formally and informally assessed a range of clients, including children with craniofacial disorders, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and hospital inpatients.
  • • Proficiently interacted with both clients and their carers.
  • • Completion of administration tasks, such as sending out reports to professionals and carers of clients and updating their files.
  • • Formulation of a communication proforma for the Rhythm Time organisation within the hospital (used to encourage one’s communication through use of instruments and singing).
  • 2011 - 2012 ArtCart Volunteer for Outpatients- Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • • Communicated with children through means of arts and craft; thereby encouraging development of communication skills.
  • • Ensured parents were relaxed during their time at the hospital.

Interesting / fun facts

  • Exercise - I like to keep active and enjoy going to the gym, as well as practices such as Yoga.
  • Reading - I enjoy reading novels in my spare time and like to keep up with current affairs.
  • Travelling - I am a keen traveller and relish exploring different parts of the world, such as Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Fashion - I absolutely love keeping up with the latest trends and introducing different colours into my wardrobe.