Nicola Lathey

Type of therapist: Speech and Language Therapy, ASD Assessment (for Children)

Location: Gloucestershire


Acquired Brain Injury Articulation and Phonology Autism Spectrum Autism Diagnosis (ADOS) Behavioural Difficulties Bilingualism Cerebral Palsy Cognitive-Communication Difficulties Down's Syndrome Dysphagia Dyspraxia Eating and Drinking Learning Disability Motor Speech Disorders Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Selective Mutism Sensory Integration Difficulties Signing Social and Emotional Difficulties Stammering Swallowing


  • BSc (Hons) (1999)


  • 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 has spoken about Speech and Language development in children on national television, such as BBC breakfast and national and international radio, including Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4. 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.
  • 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.

Interesting / fun facts

  • I once lost 4 stone on a 'fat club' TV series with Rosemary Connolly. I was absolutely mortified when the opening scene of the show was me spinning around on some weighing scales only wearing my underwear! I have never lived it down...
  • Luckily I spend a lot of time laughing.

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