The Team

Hayley Best (Director)

I qualified as a speech & language therapist in 2006 and completed a masters in education specifically for autism in 2018. My masters research was completed using video modelling as a tool for teaching imitation skills and Let’s Talk utilise technology within therapy sessions. I have over twelve years’ experience working both in the UK and internationally with children and young adults in community, educational, residential, and medical settings. I have experience in providing second opinion consultations and assessments for legal cases.

I am also the older sibling of a young man with severe learning difficulties, visual impairment, and self-injurious behaviour. I feel it is vital for me to draw upon this lifelong experience of growing up with special educational needs when I am working with children, young people, and their families.

I also practice reiki, yoga and meditation. I value a natural approach to health and educational development and utilise these practices where possible with my clients and their families. I have completed an animal assisted therapy course and have trained my dog to join me working with some clients.

Jessica

Jessica

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in July 2020 after studying at De Montfort University. Whilst studying I had a special interest in Autism and Learning Disabilities, with my dissertation looking at the alternative communication methods that can be used with individuals with additional communication needs.

I have over six years of experience working in various support and care roles with children and adults with Autism, ADHD, Cerebral palsy and other additional needs at home, in education settings and in the community. These roles have been extremely rewarding and enjoyable, which is what encouraged me to study to be a Speech and Language Therapist.

My experience in different settings with a range of different communication needs and ages has given me skills I can utilise to support the individuals and families I will be working with.

Hendrix

Hendrix

I am Hendrix the therapy dog. I love chicken and tail chasing and balls. I’m good at learning tricks when you have treats in your pocket.

I like working best with children who are learning about listening and following instructions. I don’t talk like my hooman friends, but I do show you what I mean by my body and we do lots of learning about dis by having loads of fun times at the park or in your garden and sometimes I get allowed in your house.

I’m awesome at waking up lazy brothers and sisters by jumping on them! Mum says I am a clever boy coz I can write special cards and post them all by myself to send to my hooman friends after we play together. I smell chickens mmmm chicken snarf, woof, lick.