Speech and Language Therapist
Charmaine has five years experience working with a paediatric case load. This includes pre-schools, mainstream schools, language units and special schools settings. Her first role working for the NHS was varied and enabled Charmaine to develop her skills with a variety of Speech, Language and Communication Needs. These included Autism, Speech and Language Delay, Stammering, Down’s Syndrome and Complex Needs. The work included 1:1 intervention, group therapy and training for care givers. Training and consultation is of particular interest as Charmaine’s working ethos is to empower parents and teaching staff in communication. Charmaine is Hanen trained and is also trained to deliver Parent- Child Interaction Therapy.
Charmaine is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and is HPCP registered. She has an enhanced DBS check (formally CRB)
Charmaine now works in two special schools in Milton Keynes, delivering specialist speech and language therapy in the classroom setting. Her role also includes training for teaching staff and parents on specialist interventions for children with severe and complex learning difficulties. Speech and Language Therapy is delivered in a way that makes the environment communication friendly. This includes supporting classrooms to use a total communication approach including visual resources, sensory cues, signing, photos, symbols and voice output communication aids.
Charmaine graduated in 2009 from Birmingham City University with a 1st class Honours Degree in Speech and Language Therapy.
Whilst at university, Charmaine successfully gained a place on a work placement scheme in a teaching hospital in India. This provided an opportunity to work in a unique model of service delivery and has enhanced her awareness of cultural diversity.
Currently, Charmaine is involved in writing an e-learning session for an online learning project due to launch in Autumn 2014.