Meet the team

Helen Guntrip and Vanessa Wilton are Specialist Speech and Language Therapists with extensive experience working with parents, teaching assistants, teachers and nursery/pre-school staff in providing assessment and therapy for children with a wide range of communication difficulties. These include:

  • Language delay/disorder, including specific language impairment
  • Speech delay/disorder, including developmental verbal dyspraxia
  • Memory and word-finding difficulties
  • Stammering
  • Selective mutism
  • Social communication disorders

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 Helen Guntrip  

MSc., BA Hons., MRCSLT, MASLTIP

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Qualifications

I qualified in 2003 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City University, London. In 2006 I converted this qualification to a Master of Science degree (MSc).

I also have a BA Hons Degree in French and Linguistics from Queen Mary University of London.

Experience

I worked in the NHS in Bromley for 11 years where I gained a wide range of experience. Based in community clinics, primary schools and early years settings I provided assessment and intervention for children with a range of communication needs.

I set up Child Communication in 2011 to provide Independent Speech and Language Therapy to children and families in South London. I enjoy working in collaboration with children, their parents and education staff to provide effective assessment and intervention. I currently work with children in primary schools and with preschool aged children.  I have been commissioned to provide Early Intervention speech and language therapy courses for children in the Children and Family Centres in Bromley and Lewisham.

As a mum of two young children I understand the importance of creating an environment where both children and parents feel comfortable to communicate.

 

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Vanessa Wilton (was Finch)

PG Dip., BA Hons., MRCSLT, MASLTIP  

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Qualifications:

I qualified in 2000 from City University London with a Post graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy.

I also have a BA Hons degree in French and Linguistics from Sussex University.

Experience:

I have had 16 years experience within the NHS in Bromley, providing assessment and therapy to children aged 0-16 years, within community clinics, schools, specialist language provision, pre-schools and children and family centres. I have extensive experience in working in partnership with parents and education staff in order to support the development of a child’s communication skills.

Speech and language disorder is my specialist area of interest, and for 6 years I worked as a highly Specialist SLT in this area, providing specialist advice to families, schools and therapists across the borough for children with Specific Language Impairment and/or speech disorder.

Now working independently, I can provide assessment and provide therapy to children in their own homes or within the pre-school or school setting, as well as providing training packages to pre-schools and schools.

I am a mum of two, and always ensure that sessions are motivating and fun for children, whilst also providing the appropriate advice, support and training for parents and education staff.

We are both Members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT). The RCSLT is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK, it sets the professional standards and provides Professional Indemnity Insurance. We are also members of The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.

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We are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. They regulate Health and Care Professionals in the UK. HCPC registration requires that we meet the national standards. We have current clear DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service).

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We are Local Champions for The Communication Trust where our role is to work with Health and Education services to promote the importance of speech, language and communication and to help to improve the quality of services for children locally.