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Laura has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for the last 12 years, since qualifying from Sheffield University in 2009. Prior to this, she also worked for several years as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, delivering bespoke packages of intervention in homes, nurseries and schools across Sheffield, as well as jointly running an autism nursery provision with specialist, educational teachers.
During the last 5 years, Laura’s specialism has been working in a multidisciplinary, neurodisability team, assessing children and young people aged 3-17, who are suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Laura also works as part of a bought-in contract for Sheffield City Council. She is a specialist within the Community Youth Team: an initiative for vulnerable young people aged 10-18. This early help offer aims to support young people and reduce the likelihood of them entering the criminal justice system. As part of this work, Laura assesses young people’s speech and language skills in a variety of settings; homes, schools, colleges, clinics and alternative provisions, and makes onward referrals where necessary. Quite often, these young people have underlying neurodisabilities such as ASD and ADHD which have not yet been recognised.
Laura, along with colleagues, set up the Yorkshire ASD Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) to enable speech therapists within the region to share their interests and expertise, and develop their knowledge and skills with others in a specialist field.
Laura is a registered Speech and Language Therapist within the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC SL28067).
Laura is also registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RC0030547).
Speech Science (BMedSci)