About Me

I am a speech and language therapist (also known as speech therapist or speech pathologist) specialised in the field of paediatric feeding and communication difficulties.  In my role as a speech and language therapist, I provide life improving treatment to children with a range of communication difficulties to improve their ability to communicate and access the curriculum. I also support children’s eating and drinking skills to meet their nutritional requirements to the maximum potential in a safe manner. I trained in South Africa at the University of Stellenbosch where I qualified as a speech pathologist and audiologist (B. Speech Pathology and Audiology) in 1997. I obtained my Master’s degree in Speech Pathology (MSc Speech Pathology) at the University of Cape Town in 2001.

Since moving to the UK in 2000, I worked in various paediatric community and acute NHS hospital settings throughout London. I currently work at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a part time basis as a specialist in paediatric feeding difficulties. I have published research papers and presented at conferences in the UK and Europe on the topic of paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties.

I am a member of the medical advisory board of the UK national charity for children with gastroesophageal reflux ( www.livingwithreflux.org ) and serving on national guideline committees.

I set up my private practice 2003. Over the years I have expanded my practice to various locations across London. I work closely with general paediatricians, paediatric gastroenterogists, paediatric surgeons, paediatric allergists, paediatric psychiatrist, developmental paediatricians, paediatric dieticians, paediatric physiotherapist, paediatric occupational therapist and teachers to provide  comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of communication and feeding difficulties. If my clients require more specialized assessment and management beyond my area of expertise, I have a network of speech and language associates with whom I can refer to in order to ensure my clients continue to receive excellent and seamless care.  

I have, together with APA Animation, developed a range of products including DVD’s and flashcards aiming at language stimulation in pre-school children ( sookieandfinn.co.uk ) I personally assess and treat my clients.

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