We believe that every child should reach their communication potential

We are committed to working together as a team to develop your child’s communication

We are passionate about working with your child and supporting the whole family unit

Our therapy is fun and effective

Meet The Team

Sarah Lyons
Founder & Consultant Speech & Language Therapist for SL Therapy London

S L Therapy London was founded by Sarah Lyons, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist. She set up her private practice in 2012 working with families, schools and nurseries to develop children’s communication skills.

Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds (2003-2006) and a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy from Birmingham City University (2007-2010)

Sarah has extensive paediatric therapeutic experience; working in a range of settings such as mainstream schools, special schools and early years settings, outreach (delivering therapy to young person's attending independent colleges in the North West London area) and managed a Hearing Impairment Service.

Sarah has worked as Head of Therapies for an independent school for students with complex communication needs, autism and challenging behaviour. She led a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists. She was responsible for service delivery development, devising policies and involved with strategic planning for the therapy service within the college. She also held a specialist caseload at the college working with students with complex communication needs and associated difficulties.

Sarah has specialist training in a range of approaches including Selective Mutism, Makaton, Picture Exchange System, Attention Autism, Social Skills Caroline Bowen Articulation Disorders and Lego Therapy.

She has extensive experience in providing assessment and advice as an Expert Witness and has postgraduate training from Bond Solon.

Sarah holds the position of Past Chair for the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).

Sarah is a Committee Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s Professional Policy and Practice Committee (RCSLT).

Sarah has also had the honour of :

  • Keynote Speaker, Journal of Health Visiting Study Day: Developmental milestones: what is the range of ‘normal’ and what is outside?
  • Interviewer for new cohort of therapy students at Birmingham City University
  • Book reviewer for the journal Child Language Teaching & Therapy (CLTT)
  • Published Author in the Journal of Health Visiting
  • Guest Speaker; Down’s Syndrome: Enhancing Communication and Learning in Secondary Education at Primary Care and Public Health conference
  • Committee Member for the RCSLT Bilingualism Specialist Interest Group (SIG)
  • Speech and Language Advisor to the Down’s syndrome Association
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Imonina (Nina) Dafe
Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Nina has been working as a Speech and Language Therapist for ten years in both the public and private sectors in boroughs such as Brent, Southwark, Lewisham and Harrow. She has worked with children with a wide range of communication needs, including early speech and language delays and disorders, autism, ADHD and specific language impairment.

Apart from empowering children with the skills and strategies needed for communication, Nina is also passionate about ensuring that each child’s environment is as inclusive and accessible to them as possible. As such, Nina also enjoys providing training for school staff (such as teachers, learning support assistants and teaching assistants). She has also led and contributed to coffee mornings for the parents of children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

Qualifications

Nina qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2009, gaining her Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons) from The University of East Anglia. Nina has attended postgraduate

Specialist Training

Nina has a range of clinical expertise and has undertaken specialist training in different programs of therapeutic approaches and techniques, including Makaton and Hanen, Lego Therapy and regular attendance of Autism Team Training.

Nina has attended postgraduate training from Bond Solon to provide assessment and advice as an Expert Witness.

Skills and Interests

  • Supporting children and their families in all areas of communication development
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of communication difficulties within schools
  • Working holistically and collaboratively
  • Learning through play
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Nisha Veerd
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Nisha has experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist with children with a range of complex speech, language and communication needs (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Global Developmental delay, and speech and language delays/disorders).

Nisha’s interest in working within the paediatric setting stems from working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team to deliver holistic and child-centred management. She is enthusiastic about early intervention due to the associated positive outcomes and has experience in providing a range of training packages to parents, carers and school staff; ensuring the child’s environment is inclusive and accessible.

Qualifications and Membership

Nisha qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2017. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City, University of London. She also holds a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from the University of Nottingham.

Specialist Training

Nisha has a range of clinical expertise and has undertaken specialist training in therapeutic approaches and techniques, including Makaton and Hanen: More than Words, Word Aware and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing. She also has experience of using a range of approaches such as Attention Autism, Lego therapy, Parent-Child-Interaction therapy and SCERTS.

Skills and Interests

  • Providing fun and motivating therapy sessions to support children reach their communication potential.
  • Work collaboratively with parents, carers, schools and other professionals to set functional goals; ensuring their views are involved in the therapeutic process.
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Danielle Baghat
Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Danielle is passionate about working with children with communication difficulties. She has trained and worked as an Audiologist in Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. She is also an experienced Speech and Language Therapist with over nine years experience.

She has worked in the public and private sector in both mainstream and private schools and Special Educational Needs schools, as well as the National Health Service. She has worked with children from two - eighteen years, with a range of speech, language and communication needs specialising in Specific Learning Difficulties, Autism, ADHD, language disorders and delays across London and South Wales.

She has always had a passion for working with children who have communication difficulties as she has always been passionate about supporting every child and helping them to reach their full potential no matter what their communication difficulties may be, as well as being confident communicators not just in school, but in life.

Apart from her aim to positively impact and empower every child/young person she works with through engaging and innovative therapy, Danielle is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of all the children she works with so much so she is pursuing a part time Masters in Integrated Counselling and Psychotherapy for children, Adolescents and families.

Danielle enjoys supporting and training both parents and professionals to not only empower those around the child but to promote and ensure a supportive, nurturing, inclusive environment is provided for the child with the difficulties to flourish.

Qualifications and memberships

Danielle graduated with a BSc Honours in Audiology in 2007 from the University of Wales Swansea.

Danielle qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2010. She holds a PostGraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Speech and Language Therapy from CIty University London.

Specialist Training

Danielle has a range of expertise and has undertakes specialist training in different programmes of therapeutic techniques, including Lego Therapy, Shape coding and Nuffield Dyspraxia programme.

Skills and Interests

  • Supporting children and their families during the therapy process and providing the best outcomes of therapy.
  • Supporting children’s mental health in order to enhance their social emotional skills, and self esteem.
  • Training and educating others on the impact of speech and language / social emotional difficulties.
  • Training and educating others how to support children through strategies - adapting the environment, creating an inclusive environment.
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Jemma Phillips
Personal Assistant & Administrator

Jemma works alongside Sarah and the SL Therapy London team to manage client referrals and appointments, to assist the therapists with clinical records and general administration.

Jemma graduated from Salford University with a BA (Hons) in Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish) and following this spent 15 years in a variety of Sales, Marketing and Administrative position before setting up her own Virtual Assistant business. She has since supported a variety of clients including number of speech & language therapists, a skincare expert, a brand/marketing agency and a social innovator.

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Associate Team Members

Sonja McGeachie
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

For more than twenty years Sonja has been helping new-borns, babies, toddlers and children to overcome speech and feeding challenges. She has worked in both NHS and private Practice and for the last eighteen years has worked as an Advanced Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Lead in the Child Development Clinic in London North West Health Care NHS Trust.

Sonja supports everyday challenges like establishing breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, weaning to solids and encouraging picky and tricky eaters. She is a regular breastfeeding support worker at the Royal Free Hospital, both on the maternity ward and in the tongue-tie clinic and provides support at Laleche Breastfeeding Cafés in Barnet and in Fulham. Sonja is currently an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in training.

Qualifications

Sonja qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1996, gaining her BSc (Hons) Clinical Communication Sciences degree from The Royal College of Speech and Drama.

Specialist Training

Sonja has a range of clinical expertise and has undertaken specialist training in a variety of approaches and techniques, including:

  • Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia Diploma, Manchester University 2003
  • Regional Makaton Tutor
  • Bobath certified for Dysphagia Therapists
  • Oral Placement Therapy (Talktools) Level 1 and 2
  • Attention Autism – all phases/stages
  • SOS Approach to Feeding (For Sensory Aversion and Picky Eaters)
  • PROMPT certified for oral motor/speech difficulties
  • Neonatal Behaviour Observation Schedule traine
  • ‘Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) trained
  • Hanen ‘More Than Words’ Programme certified

Skills and Interests

  • Sonja can give you fun and straightforward daily activities that will make a big difference to your child’s long-term development.
  • She has specialist interest and expertise in feeding and swallowing difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, down syndrome, and alternative, augmentative communication (AAC).
  • Sonja works in English and German and has lots of hands-on experience of raising children in a bilingual home.
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Deborah (Debbie) Cohen
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Debbie has eight years experience working with nursery aged children through to young adults in both the public and private sectors. She works collaboratively with parents/carers to ensure children reach their full potential. She provides fun, bespoke and motivating therapy and tailored strategies.

Debbie has a special interest and passion for working with children and young adults with a range of needs such as Autism, social skills, language needs and speech sound difficulties. Debbie is passionate about advocating independence through supporting children with problems solving skills, inference, and social skills. Debbie offers support to families in managing transition and supporting families to provide optimal environments for communication and interaction to develop.

Qualifications

Debbie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2010, gaining her Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons) from City University.

Specialist Training

Debbie has a range of clinical expertise and has undertaken specialist training in a variety of approaches and techniques, including:

  • Elklan Total Training Package for 5-11s
  • Voice and its disorders – Christella Antoni
  • Social thinking – Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Sensory stimulations - Joanna Grace
  • Selective Mutism – Maggi Johnson
  • Speech sounds - Caroline Bowen
  • Social skills and self-esteem - Alex Kelly
  • Attention Autism - Gina Davies
  • Intensive interaction - Dave Hewett
  • Lis’n Tell – Louise Coigley
  • Coaching for performance - Performance Consultants (International) Ltd

She has also participated in further professional development working with supporting children with language development and attention difficulties and learning disabilities.

Skills and Interests

  • Working with all ages of children and young adults
  • Working with mild, moderate and severe communication needs
  • Using a range of sensory resources to support learning
  • Working holistically and collaboratively
  • Providing training and empowering teaching assistants, teachers and parents to feel confident communicating with children and young adults with additional needs.
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Philip Robinson
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Phil is a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist who works predominantly with stammering. Phil grew up with a stammer and still considers himself a person who stammers, though he has learnt to manage it.

Qualifications

Phil holds a masters degree for Speech and Language therapy, qualifying from University of Sheffield with MMedSci for Clinical Communication Studies. He holds a BA (Hons) of Linguistics from the University of East Anglia.

Specialist Training

Phil has a range of clinical expertise and has undertaken specialist training in a variety of approaches and techniques, including:

  • Lidcombe
  • Palin PCI
  • PECS
  • Makaton
  • Registered Elklan tutor

Skills and Interests

  • Phil is passionate about working with people who stammer using a functional approach.
  • Phil also works increasingly with professionals looking to maximise their communication, presentation and interaction skills.
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