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.
Talk Tools – A three part treatment plan for oral motor placement therapy
Management of children who stammer (7-14’s) – Michael Palin Centre
Qualified ELKLAN tutor
Selective Mutism training (core and extension levels) with Maggie Johnson
'Are You Getting Enough?' Level 1 and 2 Supervision course (RCSLT registered)
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.
Want to know more about our skills and experience? Give Speech House Ltd in Worthing a call today and we’d be happy to discuss them with you:
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.
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)
Zoe joined our team in September 2016. She has many years' experience of a wide range of speech and language therapy work, particularly in the areas of deafness and hearing impairment, speech and language disorder, as well as high functioning autism, with additional needs such as ADHD and attachment disorders.
Zoe was only 9 when her great uncle had a stroke, leaving him cognitively unharmed but unable to verbalise anything. Zoe would sit with him and get to know what he was trying to say, ending up as his unofficial translator. She was fascinated by the speech therapists who came to help him, and decided then that this was the career for her. All these years later she still loves her work!
The best part of being an SLT, according to Zoe? Enabling. Giving the children she works with time and space to communicate. She is very good at establishing rapport and takes special care to build it up. This allows her to be someone her clients can trust and who, crucially, they want to communicate with. She then builds on that relationship, making the work fun and relevant to each person she works with.
When she’s not working, Zoe enjoys being outside as much as possible, whether that’s cycling or walking the dog in the woods or on the beach. She also loves reading - especially a juicy biography – and travelling the world, small children allowing!
BSc (Hons) Clinical Communication Sciences, City University, London 1999
Active Listening Course 2000
Parent-Child Interaction course 2000
Managing Dysfluency in pre-school and school aged children for Therapists, The Michael Palin Centre or Stammering, 2004
British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1, 2004
Working with Deaf People Part 1, An introduction to Assessment and Therapy, 2004
British Sign Language (BSL) Level 2, 2005
Working with Deaf People Part 2 ; Using the PETAL assessment and working on speech intelligibility, 2006
Understanding and Supporting Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), 2015
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 songwriter, Laura gigs regularly with one of her successful bands and is also trying to find time to learn to play the piano. 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 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.
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
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
Surrey SLI CEN
When Virginia joined our team at Speech House, she brought an impressive 36 years' experience along with her. She started her career working with adults and children in a variety of posts and soon specialised in children with complex needs, before moving to work in Brighton in 2001 to specialise solely in deafness.
Now, she works with children within a specialist unit attached to a primary school, where she supports children in mainstream school and works with pre-school children at home or in clinic. This role sees her regularly doing in-depth assessments and reports to enable them to have their needs met fully.
Assessments and reports are of course a necessary part of the job, but it's what they lead to that really fires Virginia up about her work – the breakthrough when children crack the language code and start speaking. Especially if she has helped them to get to that point! She also loves the eloquence of watching someone with BSL as their first language, taking joy in rich communication whatever the form.
Virginia's passion for her work has seen her take on wider roles too, training others and lecturing on the special needs module of various child care courses at Northbrook College, for example. She is also Chair of the Children's Hearing Services working group, a multi-professional group working to improve local services, a position which saw her being awarded the Parent Carer Council Champion Award in 2015 for Outstanding Contribution in the Health Sector.
As well as helping others to communicate, Virginia loves to practise her own communication in Italian. She's passionate about Italy, visiting as often as she can and speaking the language. A keen musician, she plays the saxophone, clarinet, guitar, piano and is currently learning the piano accordion too. When she's not playing music, she enjoys dancing to it, as well as spending as much time as she can with her parents and grown up children.
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!)
(post graduate) dysphagia training
competent in videofluoroscopy assessment and in the process of obtaining FEES competencies
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!
· 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