Next 2 day MAKATON (Levels 1 and 2) Training Course in Oxford: 2nd & 3rd April. Fee: £120 per person (incl. manuals). Contact us if you wish to attend.

Sara Barnhill

Type of therapist: Speech and Language Therapy

Location: Oxfordshire


AAC Articulation and Phonology Autism Spectrum Cerebral Palsy Cleft Palate Dyspraxia Language Disorder Motor Speech Disorders Signing Stammering


  • M.Sc. (2009)
  • Dually certified by ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Assn)


  • Created many programmes and supports for caregivers to assist in implementation of AAC at home and at school.
  • LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) trained.
  • PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets) trained.
  • Hanen certified in 'It Takes Two to Talk' and 'More Than Words' for children with autism.
  • Makaton Level One and Two Trained.
  • Completed Post-graduate Assistive Technology Certificate from University of Illinois: Chicago.
  • Presented at local, regional, and national conferences in the U.S. and U.K related to AAC, and cleft/craniofacial care.
  • Loves working as part of a collaborative team with other professionals and caregivers to help every child find his or her voice. Particularly passionate about finding what motivates a child and using that as creatively as necessary to help the entire family improve communication skills.

Interesting / fun facts

  • I'm American.
  • My name is spelled "Sara," but pronounced like "Sarah."
  • In my pre-baby life I enjoyed going on adventures like skydiving, paragliding in the Alps, and hiking across Spain with my mum!
  • In my post-baby life I enjoy travelling, reading, yoga, and coffee.