Meet the team…

Our friendly and supportive team is lead by Christine Rose who has over 15 years experience working as a speech and language therapist in both the public and private sectors. Junior  therapists receive regular supervision with continuing professional development as central to the ethos of our group.

Christine Rose

Chris Rose qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1996 from the University of Sheffield with an MMedSci. She has since worked with children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs in both the NHS and the private sector.

Chris specialises in working with children with specific language impairment. She also has a special interest in the link between children’s communication skills and their behaviour and emotional development. Chris currently provides training for foster carers and therapy for looked after children within the ISP fostering organisation (Enfield office).

In addition to her clinical work, Chris spent 5 years as a clinical tutor at City University working with students completing their post graduate diploma in speech and language therapy.

Chris is a parent to two school – aged children and is a governor at her children’s school with link responsibility for special educational needs.

Gael Birtill

I qualified as a speech and language therapist (SLT) from City University in 2011. Before this I spent 15 years working with children in school and community settings, as an Irish musicteacher and as a special needs teaching assistant.

Immediately prior to my training I spent three years supporting a student with complex needs in a mainstream secondary school. This involved working in a multi disciplinary team in order to support her communication and access to the curriculum through a voice output communication aid. It was this experience which made me passionate about promoting communication and inclusion.

I have worked with clients with a range of difficulties including complex needs,language delay/disorder, specific language impairment, speech sound difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder.

I believe as an SLT our role is to listen, to observe and to think with the child, their parents/carers and other professionals about how to open up communication and understanding. This can have a very tangible effect on the child’s emotions and behaviour, and their ability to learn and achieve their potential.

Lydia Davis

I qualified as a speech and language therapist from City University, London in 2010. Post qualification I worked for the NHS in Hackney for two years. This provided the opportunity to work with a wide variety of paediatric client groups including children with speech difficulties, language delay and disorders, stammering, voice disorders, social communication difficulties and Autism. I have a particular interest in specific language impairment, speech difficulties and voice disorders.
I am also currently studying part time for a masters degree at City University, carrying out a research project on speech perception in children with specific language impairment.

I believe in the importance of building a child’s confidence in relation to their communicative ability and finding fun and creative ways to motivate them to engage in the therapeutic process.

Working together with parents/carers and educational staff is key to helping the child meet their communication and learning potential.

Kathryn Jones

I completed a Psychology BSc in 2008 and began working in children’s educational publishing, where I worked closely with teachers and educational providers to produce child-centred, fun learning resources. In July 2013 I qualified from the post graduate Speech and Language Therapy course at City University London. As a student I worked with a variety of clients in schools and children’s centres across London, including completing my final placement within the Learning Talking team.

I enjoy working together with children, their families and schools to support speech, language and communication and build confidence and self-esteem. I have an interest in language delay and disorder and bilingualism, and supporting a whole-school approach to communication development.

I enjoy volunteering in the local community and have spent time as a reading partner and conversation partner, as well as assisting at Early Years language groups and stammering courses. In the future, I hope to develop my passion for outcome-based, evidenced Speech and Language Therapy treatments by completing a Masters project.

Cat Andrew

Cat graduated as a speech and language therapist from City University in July 2013. She is a passionate and talented therapist with a background in the arts and adult education. Cat is a great person to have in the team and has a real can – do attitude.  Cat enjoys working with the team around the child and providing practical strategies that can be used to support a child’s communication.

Alongside her speech and language therapy day job Cat teaches drawing to adults who have communication difficulties and is busy completing her Masters project

Charmaine Bill

Charmaine joined the Learning Talking team in October 2015. She currently does an excellent job providing speech and language therapy to two Waltham Forest primary schools. She is a highly creative member of the team and her sessions with the children are always fun.

Prior to qualifying as a speech and language therapist Charmaine worked for many years as a ABA professional working with children who have an autistic spectrum condition (ASC). This background gives Charmaine an excellent understanding of the needs of children and young people with ASC.