I trace it back to Juanita, my inspiring speech and language therapist, whom I had as a four-year-old child growing up in Romford, Essex. I can still remember her and the tasks she asked me to do. As a child, whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always, “A speech and language therapist.” I had no idea then how true that would become.
After graduating from City University of London in 2010, I headed off to explore and see more of the world. I became an International Live-in Nanny working with children experiencing developmental differences, ranging from articulation delays to rare syndromes. This experience of spending day-to -day life with these families made me appreciate the need for intervention to reach beyond the therapy room.
It was living in Cambodia where I experienced first-hand the inability to communicate with ease. I spoke Khmer with poor articulation, limited vocabulary and basic linguistic understanding, but still managed to get by. This period of time sparked my curiosity and inquiry around the idea of there being something deeper than language that connects us socially as human beings. Surely whatever “it” was, would be the foundations of communication.
After 2 years in Cambodia, I moved to Singapore. My time there was instrumental in forging the link between my passion and interest of social communication with the science of neurology and child development. This was where I undertook extensive trainings in the DIR Model. In 2016, I moved back to the UK, to bring my knowledge and experience back home.
I am indebted to my brilliant, inspirational mentors who guided my thinking and understanding of this vital work. Moreover, I am fortunate to have had the freedom to hone my areas of interest and be creative with the therapy that I provide. I love working with children and it is my hope that I can support the cultivation of their confidence and resilience in overcoming challenges of their own.