Alison gained experience in her early career providing an assessment and advisory service in schools for children with special educational needs. She has gone on to provide assessment and therapy to young people in autism resource bases, schools for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and schools for young people with complex communication needs. Most recently she has held a specialist role in identifying and assessing young people’s communication needs and the impact of these needs on their ability to access education.
She has highly specialist skills in working with both primary and secondary age young people who have complex communication needs, working individually, in groups and in the classroom setting. She is able to provide Speech and Language Therapy for a range of complex communication needs, including:
- Speech delay and disorder
- Language delay and disorder
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Down’s Syndrome
- Social communication difficulties
- Low-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Assessment of communication barriers to accessing education and learning
- Training for education professionals
Alison has extensive experience of working collaboratively with education and health professionals in specialists settings. She believes enabling a young person with communication needs to achieve their potential lies in a holistic and dynamic approach to working, with close collaboration by all professionals around the young person and their family.