Chris is the company founder and CEO. He obtained a BA (hons) Linguistics from Lancaster University before qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist with a BSc (hons) in Clinical Language Sciences from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Chris is a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist and registered member of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Care Professionals Council.
Since qualifying Chris has held six positions in the NHS in 4 central London boroughs and 2 borough outside of London. From December 2010 to March 2012 Christopher worked for the NHS in North London and was the lead Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist for children with complex needs in mainstream schools and a respected member of the CAMHS neurodevelopment diagnostic team for children and adolescents with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to this he was the lead therapist in a beacon secondary special school for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Chris' most recent NHS post was in South Wales in early 2015 where he specialised in the assessment and intervention of children aged 18 months upwards in deprived communities.
Internationally, Chris has extensive experience working directly with families in Dubai; Abu Dhabi; Goa; Moscow; Muscat and Cairo.
Chris has extensive experience and specialises in the diagnosis and intervention (i.e. therapy and training others) of children & adolescents aged 3-19 with Autism/Asperger Syndrome, Down's Syndrome and Speech&Language delay/disorders. He has post-grad training in PECS, Intensive Interaction, Makaton, TEACCH, Post-Basic Dysphagia (ALD and Paediatric), ADOS and ADI-R.
Chris has a love for mountain biking (in the forest, in the dark!) and, when he isn't at the park playing with his 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son, you'll find him throwing himself off the Welsh mountains!
Emily is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, and one of the Managers at London Speech Therapy. She obtained a BSc in Speech Sciences from University College London in 2009, qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist.
Emily is a registered member of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Care Professionals Council.
Emily worked in the NHS for 3 years post qualifying, in a range of roles across mainstream schools, clinics, a specialist secondary setting, an early years language unit, and Children's Centres. In February 2013, Emily joined London Speech Therapy and she hasn't looked back. Emily's specialist interests are in the areas of Motor Speech Disorders, and Developmental Language Disorder. She has completed additional training in PROMPT, The Nuffield Dyspraxia Centre Training, PECS, Attention Autism, SCERTS, Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Word Aware. She is also a member of the Speech Disorders CEN.
Along with her management responsibilities, Emily also works in a nursery language unit and with private families. She also delivers intensive therapy blocks every few months to one of our international families in Singapore.
Emily has recently discovered a passion for interior design, spending every spare moment doing up her new flat. She also enjoys cooking, running and babysitting her young nieces.
Mairead is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with a wealth of experience working with children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties and specialises in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mairead is currently working in a specialist ASD Resource Base Nursery setting and in a specialist Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) school setting, as well as with a number of our private clients across London. Mairead has postgraduate training in Attention Autism, PECS, Makaton, Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERTS), ADOS, Core Vocabulary and PCI Stammering Intervention. Mairead is a member of our Senior Leadership Team.
Helen is a speech and language therapist currently working with young people with social communication difficulties. She has a postgraduate certificate in autism and enjoys working with teenagers. BBefore joining London Speech Therapy Helen worked in an early intervention centre and in international mainstream and SEN schools. Helen is a member of our Senior Leadership Team. In her spare time she enjoys reading and baking.
Khadija is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from University College London. She is based in East London working with mainstream schools, nurseries and private families. Khadija particularly enjoys providing early intervention and working collaboratively with parents and educational staff to offer a holistic and consistent approach to assessment and therapy. She is a licensed trainer of the I Can programmes including ‘Early Talk Boost’, and is trained in Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ programme, Attention Autism, Palin Parent-Child-Interaction (PCI) for children under 7 who stammer and Supporting Primary School Aged Children who Stammer. Khadija is a member of our Senior Leadership Team, supporting junior and student therapists and working towards service development. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, socialising, cooking and fundraising for charities.
Maeve is a Specialist Speech and Language Therpist who graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2012. She has completed formal training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Sensory Integration, Adult-Child Interaction Therapy and The Derbyshire Language Scheme. She enjoys working with children with ASD, Intellectual disabilities, Specific Language Inpairment and Speech sound disorders.
Caroline McCallum is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working freelance for London Speech Therapy. She has with extensive experience working across early years, mainstream primary, secondary and special school schools. Caroline specialises in working with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has post grad training in PECS, TEACCH, Makaton, Intensive Interaction, PPCI (stammering), Solution Focus Brief Therapy, SCERTS and the ComFor Assessment of Symbolic Understanding. Caroline is a member of our Senior Leadership Team. Outside of work Caroline enjoys jogging, cycling, cooking, and live music.
Marie trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh after a Joint Honours Degree in English and French at Queen's University, Belfast. She is currently working with a mixed paediatric caseload in mainstream primary and secondary schools across London. She also works in a specialist college for adults with autism. Marie is a registered Elklan tutor and has additional training in Attention Autism and Makaton.
Linh is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist from Cardiff Metropolitan University. Through her university clinical placements, Linh has gained experience in working with adults as well as children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities and Neurological Disorders. Linh joined the team in October 2014 and is currently working with a mixed paediatric caseload in Cardiff.
Sarah Murphy graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 with a BA honours in Language and Communication. It was during this time that she developed a keen interest in communication disorders and went on to obtain a degree in Speech and Language Therapy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, graduating in 2014. Sarah gained extensive experience of working with a wide and varied caseload, including both paediatric and adult clients, during clinical placements. Sarah is currently based in Cardiff working with paediatric caseload.
Philip is our dysfluency (stammering/stuttering) specialist who works from our Harley Street and Stratford clinics, as well as in schools throughout London and with international clients. Philip qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from Sheffield University (MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies) after gaining a degree in Linguistics (BSc Hons). Growing up with a stammer brought Philip into Speech Therapy, and he is passionate about working with others who stammer to achieve more fluent speech and to manage their stammer more effectively. He uses a mix of fluency shaping and stammering-modification techniques, as well as more counselling-focussed approaches, to achieve tangible results with his clients. You can see Philip delivering a speech to University College London about his stammer at: https://youtu.be/W06dl9Ylno8.
Katie graduated as a Speech and Language therapist from Queen Margaret University and has experience working with a mixed paediatric caseload. Katie has a background in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and a keen interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ABA) and Specific Language Impairment (SLI).
Sophie qualified from University College London in 2003 and has experience with both adults and children in a range of settings. For the past 6 years Sophie has specialised with a paediatric caseload and her particular areas of interest include social communication difficulties (including autism), language delay and disorders, and speech sound difficulties. Outside of work Sophie enjoys netball and spending time with her family.
Besterah is a Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from City University London, following an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She worked at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (Institute of Education) before completing her undergraduate degree. Through her clinical placements, she has gained experience in working with children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), delayed speech and language, Learning Disabilities and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Besterah is bilingual, speaking English and Turkish.
Emma-Joy Andrews is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working freelance for London Speech Therapy. She qualified in New Zealand in 2006 and has since worked in a number of different paediatric settings. She currently works in an independent special secondary school for young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. She has postgraduate training in PECS, Makaton, and the Lidcombe Programme, and is a certified leader of The Hanen Centre’s ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ and ‘More Than Words’ programmes. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, baking, and trying to keep up with her toddler.
Since graduating from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2014 Emer has gained experience working in both the NHS and private sector. Emer specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorder and values opportunities to work closely with families, educational staff and other professionals in school, clinic and home settings. Emer has additional training in; SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regualtion and Transactional Support), Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Bridges in Social Understanding, Lego Therapy Build to Express, Play Therapy, Makaton, Talkabout, Derbyshire Language Scheme, Yoga and Mindfulness for Children with Autism and ADHD and Live Interactive Storytelling (Lisntell).
Alongside her work with children, Emer is currently training hard for her first Triathlon (swim, bike and a run)!
Alice qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently working with a mixed paediatric caseload across 9 mainstream primary schools in Kent and London. Alice is trained in, PECS, The Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme, and Word Aware. Alice has a positive outlook on life and actively applies this to her work. Outside of work she enjoys Traditional Irish Music and socialising with friends and family.
Chloe graduated from City University London as a Speech and Language Therapist, following an undergraduate degree in Drama. She has just returned to the UK, having worked in Barbados for the last year with a highly varied paediatric caseload within both clinical and educational settings. During her clinical placements and ongoing voluntary work Chloe has gained extensive experience working with both children and adults in different fields, including community clinics, mainstream schools, a university research centre and mental health secure unit. Chloe has an interest in social and communication difficulties including autism, mental illness and neurological disorders. Outside of work she has a passion for travel and loves to watch rugby and live music.
Misha trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University of Sheffield. She is currently working with a mixed paediatric case load in primary and secondary schools in London. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, travelling and cooking.
Sarah graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2016. She has experience working with a mixed paediatric caseload across a range of settings in Ireland. She has a keen interest in Early Years and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and also enjoys working with children with Specific Language Impairment and Speech Sound Disorders. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys socialising with friends, travelling, and playing Gaelic football.
Wai graduated in 2015 as a Speech and Language Therapist, with a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) Speech Pathology, in the Apex University of Science Malaysia. He has experience working with a variety of caseloads including paediatrics (both in mainstream schools and special educational needs schools), as well as working with adolescent and adult cases; including ASD, Stammering, Speech Sound Disorders, Down Syndrome, Learning Difficulties and Hearing Impairment.
He is trained in ‘More Than Words’ The Hanen Program, Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy For Stammering Children, Attention Autism, PECS and Live Interactive Storytelling (Lis'nTell).
Wai is a multi-lingual, speaking English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia and in able to provide assessments and therapy in these languages if preferred by parents. In his spare time Wai enjoys travelling, listening to music and cooking.
Having completed a degree in English literature at Cardiff University, Michelle decided to combine her passions for language and working with children by training to become a Speech and Language Therapist. Between and during her degrees, Michelle worked for the council as a play worker in both mainstream and special needs schemes. She is very compassionate and, having been both a professional and unpaid carer, really appreciates the impact that communication difficulties and additional needs can have on the whole family. As well as 1 to 1 work, Michelle believes in working with families and school staff to create the best possible environment for each child to reach their full potential. Cardiff has become home for Michelle, where she lives with her husband and cocker spaniel, enjoying walks, gardening and catching up with friends. Michelle currently works across Cardiff and neighbouring counties.
Siobhan is Chris' personal assistant, and works remotely from her home in Cirencester. She has several years experience in business administration working in both the public and private sector. She has a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wales (2011) and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (2012), and also works as a freelance copywriter in her spare time. She enjoys working for London Speech Therapy, and says the best part of her job is getting to talk to and help such a wide range of people.
Nikki is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from the University of Sheffield. Nikki works in two mainstream primary schools in Essex supporting children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs as well as supporting and providing training for parents and teaching staff. Nikki has a keen interest working in early years and supporting children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Nikki is trained in Makaton, The Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme, Word Aware, Attention Autism, PECS, Lidcombe and Palin PCI. Nikki is a member of our Senior Leadership Team. Outside of work Nikki enjoys seeing friends and family, travelling and being in the great outdoors.
Laura is a Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from the University of Reading. She currently works in two mainstream primary schools, based respectively in East and South East London. Laura has previously worked with London Speech Therapy on an intensive individual six-week programme, as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. She has a background in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and a keen interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Speech Sound Disorders (SSD) paediatric feeding and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). Laura particularly enjoys working with families; previously working for a charity that supports the families of children with ASD. In her spare time, Laura volunteers as an Association Visitor for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, supporting members of the community diagnosed with or effected by this disease. She also enjoys socialising with friends, being active, going to football matches and music concerts and spending time with her family.
Lauren is our Bookkeeper and works from her home in Cardiff on a part time basis. Lauren has worked for us for over two years now and previous to this has worked in various administration roles. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Glamorgan.
Christelle is an associate Highly Skilled Specialist Occupational Therapist at London Speech Therapy with over 20 years of experience. Chris and Christelle have worked together for the past 5 years with a mixed Paediatric caseload of children and adolescents (including Autistic Spectrum Disorders; Global Developmental Delay; Moderate to Severe Learning Disabilities; Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy) both in the UK and Russia. Based in South Wales, Christelle now works primarily with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Christelle has postgraduate training in Sensory Integration, Autism, NDT, feeding difficulties (including SOS approach), Developmental Baby Massage and Rebound Therapy.
Charlotte gained a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Essex and is currently working in mainstream primary schools. She has extensive experience working with children with ASD as an ABA therapist (Applied Behavioural Analysis). Charlotte has qualifications in BSL, Makaton and Signalong, and has an interest in ASD, selective mutism and hearing impairment. In her spare time Charlotte loves her role as a Rainbow and Brownie leader.
Before starting his role at London Speech Therapy as a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant, Zachary graduated from Cambridge University in 2017 with a BA in English Literature, and worked as a tutor for Leading Lights Education and Wellbeing. He is TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) certified, and has certificates for Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding.
Zachary is an internationally published poet who has had one his poems chosen by Kate Bush to be include in the Mays Anthology. He is also a musician and enjoys playing regularly as a singer-songwriter.
Polly is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2007. Polly is registered with both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Since qualifying, Polly has worked in a variety of NHS trusts across Kent, London and Surrey, as well as in the private sector, gaining vast experience of working with children with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties. In addition to her clinical work, Polly has held two leadership positions within the NHS and independent sector. From 2012 - 2014, Polly was the Lead Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for children with moderate learning difficulties, and from 2015 - 2018, Polly was the Lead Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within a specialist school for children with autism and challenging behaviour. Polly has a clinical specialism in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Difficulties, with a clinical interest in ASD and AAC. Polly's post graduate training includes DISCO (The Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders), PECS, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, Team Teach behaviour support, SCERTS, Autism Education Trust, Derbyshire Language Scheme and Makaton. In her spare time, Polly is a keen violin player and member of an orchestra. Polly also enjoys keeping fit, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.