Our team are a growing group of dedicated professionals,
passionate about our work
Liz Williamson, Founder and Director of The Speech Group
Liz graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Therapy in 1991 from The University of Queensland, Australia. Since that time she has worked full-time across a range of independent and statutory services and her clinical responsibilities have involved the treatment of both adults and children.
Liz established The Speech Group in 2008, as an independent provider of speech and language therapy services to clients in the community and also in rehabilitation units.
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In 2010, Liz began providing independent services to case managers and solicitors. These services include assessment and intervention for children and adults with complex feeding and communication difficulties
In recent times, Liz' caseload predominantly involves medicolegal work; providing clinical supervision for senior speech and language therapists in education and healthcare settings; and supporting all members of The Speech Group.
BBC Horizon MY Amazing Brain: Richard's War
Liz recently appeared on BBC Horizon's My Amazing Brain: Richard's War — broadcast in January 2018. The documentary follows the journey of stroke victim Richard Gray, and his remarkable recovery following this life-changing event.
Tom, Speech and Language Therapist
Tom is a speech and language therapist working in the private sector, providing assessment and rehabilitation to clients following brain injury.
Initially qualifying as a speech & language therapist with BA (Hons) in Linguistics from the University of Luton, Tom went on to obtain a PgDip in Speech and Language Therapy from City University in London.
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Tom has formed strong multidisciplinary relationships both within the NHS and the private healthcare network, and maintains close links with the Stroke Association
Tom is a member of BABICM, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice, Aphasia Therapy SIG and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Ana, Speech and Language Therapist
Ana has 16 years’ experience as a speech and language therapist, working predominantly with adults with acquired neurological communication, cognitive and/or swallowing difficulties.
She recently completed an MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Speech, Language and Communication) at London's City University.
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Ana has worked within the NHS and private sector, as a speech and language therapist within the Community Neuro Rehabilitation team in Worthing; as Communication Support Worker for the development of EVA Park; as a community outreach mentor for people affected by aphasia in Brighton and Hove; and supporting clients with acquired neurological difficulties for The Speech Group.
Elise, Speech and Language Therapist
Elise is a dedicated speech and language therapist who is particularly interested in working with young adults with acquired brain injury—and the cognitive/ language challenges arising from this presentation. Elise also takes special interest in stroke rehabilitation, dysphagia and AAC (augmentative & alternative communication).
She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City University, London, receiving a distinction and an award for high academic achievement in 2012.
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Elise holds post graduate paediatric dysphagia training through NHS work-based competencies (2014) and post graduate adult dysphagia training through work-based competencies.
She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Hayley, Speech and Language Therapist
Hayley is a qualified speech and language therapist, with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy (2010), from The
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (now called Cardiff
Metropolitan University). Since then Hayley has worked across several settings, including primary and secondary schools, nurseries, colleges and clinics, supporting children and young people who have a vast range of neurological and developmental disabilities.
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Hayley joined The Speech Group in 2017 and has worked with several families, supporting them at home and in education settings. Hayley has a keen interest in and specific skills in high and low technology AAC (augmentative & alternative communication) and is dysphagia trained, allowing her to support both the communication needs of the child, as well any oro-motor and swallowing impairment needs. Hayley works closely with multidisciplinary colleagues to seek the best outcomes in terms of physical access and support.
Dawn, Speech and Language Therapist
Dawn is a graduate from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (2010) and a practising member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Health and Care Professions Council (HPPC).
Dawn has been working within the paediatric client group since October 2010. She initially gained experience within pre-school and pre-school complex-needs caseloads at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, before progressing to a specialist role in Specific Language Impairment and Speech Disorders at North East London NHS Trust.
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Dawn has been working in the independent sector, managing a varied caseload in mainstream secondary schools, ASD provision, mild-moderate learning difficulties and complex needs, as well individual clients with speech, language and communication disorders.
Dawn has a particular interest in paediatric traumatic brain injury and the impact that this has on a child's journey through education and transition to adulthood. She has a keen interest in social cognition and executive function.
Eva, Speech and Language Therapist
Eva received her Postgraduate Diploma from City University, London. Having completed her Masters in Speech and Language Sciences with Distinction in 2015, Eva primarily works with children and young adults with complex developmental and acquired communication disorders.
Her areas of specialism are social communication (including Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).
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Eva loves getting to know children and their families and finding out which approaches work best for them.
She has a special interest in PODD and other low technology communication aids.
Eva is keen to develop her skills in the application of Facial Oral Tract Therapy and oral sensory and motor functions.
Susan, Speech and Language Therapy assistant
Susan is a highly dedicated and professional member of The Speech Group team. She has a keen interest in communication disability and working within multidisciplinary teams to achieve the best functional outcomes for her clients.
Susan has skills in Estill-based voice therapy technique, having studied the Level 1 programme. She has worked with a number of clients with complex language-processing impairments arising from brain injury (dysphasia) and as a result has had extensive training in this area.
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Susan has experience in working with PALPA (Psycholinguistic Assessment of Language Processing in Aphasia) and the therapy that this develops for our clients. Susan is one of our key assistants working with clients on our intensive dysphasia programmes.
Laura, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Laura has a Bachelors Degree and is an experienced and dedicated speech and language therapy assistant with extensive skills in developing relationships and providing a personal level of care for each individual client.
One of the integral parts of Laura's role is educating and involving herself in the client's personal programme and therapy plans, and working with all members of the team to provide bespoke and holistic therapy.
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Laura works alongside physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists on a daily basis, working towards development in these areas and furthering their personal achievements and targets. Laura has an understanding of how each of these therapies interweave with one another and this enables her to provide a global approach to her work.
In particular, Laura works with speech and language therapists to enhance the client's ability to communicate in a way suitable to the individual. Laura has formal training in low and high technology augmentative and assistive communication methods. Laura also has formal training in Attention Listening, Makaton, PODD, GRID3 and supporting dysphagia clients. Laura has extensive experience working intensively in dysphasia programmes using semantic and syntactic processing therapy methods.
Laura's ultimate goal is to seek qualification as a speech and language therapist.
BBC Horizon MY Amazing Brain: Richard's War
Laura also appeared on BBC Horizon's My Amazing Brain: Richard's War — broadcast in January 2018. The documentary follows the journey of stroke victim Richard Gray, and his remarkable recovery following this life-changing event.
Florence, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Florence has a paediatric nursing background and a keen interest in working with children and adults with complex neurological impairment. Within the Speech Group, she works alongside qualified speech and language therapists to carry out prescribed intensive speech and language therapy programmes.
Florence has experience in working with complex cognitive and communication impairments arising from brain injury, executive function impairments arising from traumatic brain injury and language-processing impairments arising from cerebrovascular accident.
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Florence also works with multidisciplinary colleagues to ensure that therapy techniques can be utilised in the prescribed programme.
Her ultimate goal is to train in speech and language therapy and receive a qualification as a speech and language therapist.