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Naima Dhanji

Type of therapist: Speech and Language Therapy

Location: Bedfordshire


Articulation and Phonology Attention-related Difficulties (ADD, ADHD) Autism Spectrum Bilingualism Language Disorder Selective Mutism Signing


  • Bsc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy (2015)
  • Bsc (Hons) Psychology (2008)


  • Managed large caseloads within mainstream schools setting.
  • Worked with a wide range of monolingual and bilingual children aged 4-11.
  • Delivered a range of therapeutic interventions in groups and 1:1 contexts to school
  • staff and parents, including the ‘sliding in’ and ‘shaping’ technique for Selective
  • Mutism, Intensive Interaction, Colourful Semantics, the Word Aware vocabulary
  • approach, Alex Kelly social skill programmes and Gina Davies’ Attention Autism
  • groups.
  • Worked as part of an MDT team.
  • Trained staff and parents on Speech, language and communication needs,
  • specifically using the service’s Communication Keys resource, in Colourful
  • Semantics, Selective Mutism, delivering successful therapy, and early language
  • enrichment.
  • Covering clinical work for the under‐fives team in clinic; reviews and initial
  • assessments.
  • Set up and ran early years transition workshops for parents of children moving from
  • clinic provision to mainstream school provision.
  • Managed placements for students.
  • Successfully managing a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant providing therapy
  • blocks in schools.

Interesting / fun facts

  • I am multilingual - speak 5 languages.
  • New mum and loving it!
  • Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Qualified PADI scuba diver.
  • I cook a mean fish coconut curry.