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Helen Woodrow Profile

Skills

I have completed training as a level 4 accredited TalkTools® therapist. This specialist training enables me to work with a wide range of children and adults with oral sensory and motor difficulties that affect their speech, eating and drinking and saliva control. I love working with this therapy approach and see clients across the UK as well as offering consultations internationally including clinics in Switzerland and France.

As part of my role as a highly specialist speech and language therapist I am also able to draw on my training and experience of working with children and adults with;

  • Physical and learning disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy.
  • Neurodivergence / Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
  • Acquired brain injury.
  • Dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties).
  • Behavioural management strategies.

I am experienced at working with children and adults who have an ABA team working with them, or who communicate with AAC systems (communication aids and associated technology). In my role as a Makaton Tutor I also work with people who use sign language and I am qualified to teach a range of Makaton workshops.

I have in depth experience of working within multi disciplinary teams including working with case managers and solicitors. I have experience of the litigation process as an expert witness for EHCP tribunals and medical legal cases.

I have extensive experience in supervising other therapists, including NQP’s working through their RCSLT competencies, therapists developing specialist skills in dysphagia and TalkTools® OPT and therapists wanting to run their own independent practice.

I undertake a voluntary role as Panel Member ( Professional Lay-Person) on UK -SBA Board Complaints Panel.

To carry out my day to day role I need to be very organised, work in an efficient way and be an excellent communicator.

Background

I set up Eg (Training) Ltd in 2003 and since this time I have been the director of this Independent Speech and Language Therapy Services provider. In this role I oversee the management of a growing portfolio of individual and contract work, and supervise the work of a team of speech and language therapists who are employed by Eg (Training) Ltd. I continue to work as a practising speech and language therapist and have an active caseload. Prior to working as an independent therapist I worked in the NHS as a speech and language therapist for 6 years and so have a perspective of working with both statutory and independent services.

Personal

Family and work life are closely combined as my husband and I are joint directors of Eg (Training) Ltd and both take an active role in running the business. We have two grown up children and still enjoy doing activities as a family. I enjoy travelling and love going to festivals in our 1984 VW camper van.

Support

Working as part of a team of independent speech and language therapists allows me to access regular supervision and support. Within our team we access a wide range of training and CPD activities, and then share these experiences across the team in our monthly team CPD sessions.

Registration

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration Number SI: SL01906
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Membership Number: RC0010963
  • Registered member of Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice. Membership Number: 475
  • DBS checked
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Safeguarding Children ‐ Level 4 (2010)
  • Working Independently within the Law (2011)
  • Safeguarding Adults ‐ Alerters Part A (2009)
  • First Aid at work ( 2022)
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