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Lucy Magrin

Director / Creator of Speech House Ltd

 

I’m Lucy Magrin, the creator of Speech House, and I’m passionate about the transformative powers of speech therapy. In fact, I believe that ‘communication therapy’ would be a better name for the profession, as what a lot of people don’t realise about speech therapists is that we help with anything that gets in the way of communication. This can include difficulties with speech sounds, language, or voice problems, through to social skills difficulties, social anxieties and selective mutism.

 

I spent 10 years working for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist, treating a range of communication difficulties, with a particular interest in stammering therapy, before setting up Speech House. I am now able to offer the intensity of therapy necessary for my clients to progress at a pace suitable for them.

 

My vision is to make speech therapy much more accessible to all who need it. To this end Speech House therapists liaise with schools, parents and other involved parties to ensure that tailored help is available to any children who need it, whether it be taking part in an after school group, or having weekly 1:1 sessions with a specialist therapist.

 

As a predominantly Spanish-speaking child who arrived in the UK at the age of 11 and found it difficult to make myself understood, I have first-hand understanding of how frustrating it is not being able to communicate clearly with others. I also know how important it is to have tools and support to get through these setbacks. If you have a child with communication issues, I’d love to help them find their path to clarity. Contact Speech House today to talk about the first steps.

 

Training Undertaken

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Get to know the welcoming staff at Speech House Ltd

Take the time to get some background on our staff and to build a greater level of communication. Speech House Ltd is located in Worthing and offers services in the surrounding areas.

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Karen Gregg

 

Karen is a very experienced Speech and Language Therapist who joined Speech House in September 2015 after working in the NHS for 13 years.

 

Karen has worked in a wide range of paediatric settings during her career so far, including community clinics, mainstream and special schools/nurseries, child development centres and a specialist multi-disciplinary team for children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. She is particularly experienced in working with preschool children with autism and she was a key member in a multi-disciplinary diagnostic team in this area for five years. From a young age Karen knew that she wanted to work with children and, as a lover of languages, Speech and Language Therapy seemed to be a natural choice.

 

Karen enjoys all aspects of her work, however she feels particularly passionate about working with children who have little or no verbal language and helping them to discover a way to communicate, whether this be via speech or another method. She loves working closely with parents and other important adults in a child’s life to enable them to help their child reach their full potential.

 

Karen has three young children, so free time isn’t in plentiful supply, but when she can she loves the opportunity to read, go cycling or bake.

 

Training Undertaken

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Speech Pathology, Manchester Metropolitan University 2001

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training

  • Makaton signing (Foundation Levels 1-8)

  • Signalong signing (Basic Level)

  • Derbyshire Language Scheme

  • Post Basic Paediatric Dysphagia Course (Birmingham)

  • Family Partnership Training (10 week course)

  • Intensive Interaction

  • Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)

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Our Paediatric Team

Laura Vane

 

Laura is the administrative backbone of Speech House and admin saviour of Lucy, whom she supports in all the paperwork and systems that are needed to keep our therapists able to be out there helping more people and concentrating on what they do best. This work calls on her 18 years of accounting and administrative experience, and involves all sorts of things from keeping us streamlined to being the friendly voice on the end of the phone if you call with any admin-related issue.

 

Having been an invaluable member of the Speech House team for over a year now, Laura has become dedicated to the work we do. Seeing our clients' progress and improvement in communication has inspired her, and she has started to work for us as a therapists' assistant. This is hugely helpful for us and gives her not only a brilliant understanding of our work (which helps her to support us in our admin even better), but also a lot of personal satisfaction.

 

Whichever role she is playing, Laura has a great 'can-do' attitude. We've often joked that she's so regularly rolling up her sleeves that she should wear vest tops.

 

And when she's not being our team's admin heroine? Well that's when she unleashes her rock and roll side! A talented singer and song writer. AND she's a hands-on mum to two young daughters. We told you those sleeves are permanently rolled up...

 

Laura is contactable at our clinic base in Worthing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am and 5pm.

Neil Gordon

 

Neil has worked for Speech House since 2013. After qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2008, he worked in London for 3 years before moving to West Sussex. His work has mostly consisted of working with children in mainstream pre-schools, primary and secondary schools who have complex communication needs. He also works in community clinics, families’ homes and in hospital settings where he supports Paediatricians in multidisciplinary ASD diagnostic assessment clinics.

 

Having always been interested in the voice and communication, Neil decided to train in the subject. Once he had started, he realised there is more to communication than just how we use our voices. This realisation led him to specialise in supporting children with a wider range of speech, language and communication needs.

 

Neil’s favourite part of being a Speech and Language Therapist is working closely with families to give them the skills to be able to support their child’s communication needs. He enjoys seeing the difference that an early intervention can make and watching children begin to communicate and engage more effectively with their environment.

 

Neil specialises in working with pre-verbal early years children, dysfluency, EDS (eating, drinking and swallowing), children with ASD and helping to develop the foundation skills required for communication.

 

Training Undertaken

  • SLT Qualifications

  • Post Grad Dip SLT (with Distinction) City Uni 2008

  • MSc SLT (with Distinction) City Uni 2012

  • Post Qualification Training

  • Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia Course

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Edition (ADOS-2)

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Makaton Signing Courses (Foundation and Enhancement Workshops)

  • Specialist Development Programme for SLTs working with People who have Down’s Syndrome (Down’s Syndrome Association and Symbol UK)

  • Qualified Elklan Tutor

  • Lidcombe Programme

  • Selective Mutism Training (Core and Extension Levels) with Maggie Johnson

  • The Hanen Centre ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Programme

  • Lis’n’tell Inclusive Story telling with Louise Coigley

  • CEN Membership

  • Surrey SLI CEN

Administration

Estie Hunter

 

As an NHS therapist Estie worked with children in community clinics, children's centres, schools and nurseries. Next she spent several years working closely with students and educational staff in a school setting before joining Speech House.

 

Since completing her Linguistics degree Estie knew she wanted to support people to achieve their communication potential, and she is passionate about helping children and families improve their quality of life. Her special interests include Autism and early intervention.

 

In her spare time she enjoys cycling, cooking, and music.

 

Training Undertaken

  • BRIEF Solution Focused Therapy

  • Shape Coding (basic course)

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Introduction to Cognitive Therapy with Michael Palin Centre

  • Makaton Signing (Foundation levels 1 - 4)

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Anna McClean (On maternity leave until October 2019)

 

Anna has always been interested in the way the brain works, especially the way it processes and produces language, and this fascination led her to a career as a speech and language therapist. Since graduating in 2007, she has worked solely with adults with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties.

 

During this time, Anna has worked in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, community therapy teams and nursing homes. Her area of specific interest is in acquired brain injury and she has worked on this as part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre.

 

As well as being a valued member of the Speech House team, Anna also works part-time at the Royal Sussex County Hospital Major Trauma service. This role has given her extensive experience working with patients with tracheostomy tubes, as well the differential diagnosis of communication impairments.

 

Anna loves being a speech therapist as, on top of indulging that fascination with the workings of the brain, she really enjoys meeting all sorts of different people from all walks of life and relishes the fact that no two days – or patients – are ever the same. Tailoring therapy plans to people's individual needs so that she can help them become independent again through their communication gives her immense job satisfaction and personal reward.

 

As if that busy work life isn't enough, Anna is presently working towards a Masters in Health and Rehabilitation and has a busy home life with her toddler. She enjoys travelling whenever the opportunity allows, and her goal is to experience as many countries and cultures as she possibly can. And on the rare occasions she finds some feet-up time, she can usually be found feeding her Game of Thrones addiction or watching Bake-Off or Strictly (in her opinion, the only good thing about winter!)

 

Training Undertaken

  • (post graduate) dysphagia training

  • competent in videofluoroscopy assessment and in the process of obtaining FEES competencies

Our Adult Therapists

Esther Hiley

 

Right from an early age, Esther loved helping people and knew that she wanted to work with children. Once she had been on a work experience placement with a speech and language therapist, her future was clear – she loved this work and knew that she wanted more. In 2003, she qualified from Manchester University and 14 years on, with a continuing love of her profession and a wealth of experience under her belt, we're very pleased to be welcoming her onto the team at Speech House.

 

Having previously been part of the multidisciplinary team for diagnosing Autism in her last two posts, Esther specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated neurodisabilities, as well as preschool aged children.

 

Esther is as passionate now about speech therapy as she was on that placement all those years ago. Her favourite moments in her work are when she helps people to achieve their potential – celebrating with a child who has achieved a social or academic goal and seeing their pride for instance, or seeing the joy in the eyes of parents whose child has done something for the first time that may seem like a tiny step to an outsider but in terms of communication development is a massive leap (like making fleeting eye contact to show enjoyment in communication).

 

A firm believer that communication is a human right and that struggling with it can be very debilitating, Esther is dedicated to improving people's quality of life by helping them to communicate to their full potential. She is inspired by the variety of her work and the significant positive impact that speech therapy can make.

 

When she's not at work, Esther can usually be found playing games with her husband and son, dancing (either round the kitchen with her family or at tap, ballet or Zumba!) or whipping up a yummy cake to fuel the above!

 

 

Training undertaken

·       Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

·       Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

·       Intensive Interaction

·       Attention Autism

·       Parent Child Interaction Therapy

·       Makaton Signing Course

·       Sing Along Singing Course

·       Qualified Elklan Tutor

·       The Hanen Centre 'It Takes Two to Talk' Programme

·       Derbyshire Language Scheme

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