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Anna Davies
Speech and Language Therapist

Key info about Anna

Qualifications: Speech and Language Therapy Bsc, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Ages worked with: Up to 18

Clinics at: East Finchley and Online

Health insurance coverage: Please enquire

Accreditation: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)

Hi! I’m Anna and I’m a Speech and Language Therapist.

I became interested in speech and language therapy whilst working as an English teacher abroad, and becoming aware of the strong link between communication difficulties and children and young people’s social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Upon returning to the UK, I completed a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy at City, University of London, and have since worked as a speech and language therapist in a number of settings including clinics, nurseries, mainstream primary and secondary schools, and special schools. I currently work as a specialist speech and language therapist for The National Autistic Society, whilst also locuming for an inner-London NHS Trust, and working independently.

I grew up in London, in a multicultural family in a multicultural area, and I enjoy working with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. My practice is person-centred; I treat each client as the individual they are, tailoring therapy around their interests, and liaising closely with family/carers to ensure that we are all working towards the same goals. I genuinely love what I do, and I work hard to ensure my therapy is functional, meaningful, and empowering.

I strongly believe in the importance of evidence-based practice and attend regular training courses to make sure my skills and knowledge are up-to-date. I am currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Sensory Integration, which will lead to me becoming a Certified Sensory Integration Practitioner, trained to help individuals with sensory differences cope with their external environment in a more manageable way.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, practicing hot yoga, and trying to improve my Spanish!

What will happen at my child’s first appointment?

An initial assessment with a speech and language therapist will generally include:

  • Parental interview/case history.

  • Observation.

  • Informal, play-based assessment.

  • Formal assessment (depending on the client’s age and profile).

  • Feedback on the client’s communication strengths and needs, and how therapy could help.

  • Strategies to use at home to work on developing communication skills.

 

What areas of speech, language and communication difficulties do you work with?

I have experience of working with children and young people with:

  • Language delay

  • Attention and listening difficulties

  • Word finding difficulties

  • Social communication difficulties

  • Autism Spectrum Condition

  • Speech Sound Difficulties

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Stammering

  • Voice disorders

  • Selective mutism

  • Developmental Language Disorder

 

What approaches do you use?

Listed below are some of the approaches/interventions I have experience in using: