Julie qualified in 1997 with a Degree in Speech and Language Therapy after completing a 4 year full time Bsc ‘Hons’ degree in Speech & Language Pathology and Therapeutics at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Julie has been a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRSLT), since starting the University course in 1993 and joined ASLTIP in 1999 to begin providing Independent therapy on a part time basis alongside her NHS work
Since qualifying, Julie worked in the role of Autism Team Leader and Special Needs Coordinator for NHS Trusts in the Midlands area for seven years, before establishing her own private practice. Over a five year period of private practice, Julie has fulfilled local education contracts to see pupils in special schools and as worked as an Expert Witness on behalf of parents at Special Educational Needs Tribunals. (Expert Witness testimonial). In addition to providing assessment and therapy for children with delayed speech and language, Julie has specialised in treating children on the Autistic Spectrum of Disorders, Dyspraxia, Literacy Difficulties, Voice Problems and Dysphasia.
In 2009, Julie travelled to Perth, Western Australia to work at a specialist centre for children with Autism. In Perth, she has worked alongside psychologists to deliver ABA and Verbal Behavioural Therapy. Since 2011, Julie also worked at the Centre for Cerebral Palsy where her work focussed on meal-time management (Dysphagia), AAC and Literacy.
Julie has attended the following Post Graduate courses in order to enhance her specialist skills:
Makaton signing workshop
This course covers the initial stages of simple finger spelling and signed language for both adults and children who are unable to develop spoken language, or who need to support their spoken language.
Derbyshire language scheme
This three day workshop enables the therapist to assess the level of a child’s language development, both understanding and use of language. This course is nationally recognized and is used in many special and mainstream schools.
TEACCH training workshops
TEACCH was developed at the University of North Carolina. This approach can be used in the home, nurseries with pre-school children, mainstream schools and in special schools.
The TEACCH approach aims to clarify the environment for the person with Autism and use their strengths to help them compensate for their limitations.
Advanced level 2 TEACCH Training
Julie went to North Carolina in order to gain qualifications to implement and train others on how to use the TEACCH approach.
Hanen Parent Programmes
Hanen Parent Programme “It takes two to talk” – This workshop was developed in Canada to enhance interactive skills between parents and language delayed children.
Hanen Parent Programme “More than words” – This workshop is specifically for parents who have a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
A visual communication system used with people who are unable to specify their needs and wants verbally. This approach is frequently used with children who have autism and are non verbal.
Julie attended the following three courses over an 18 month period; Oral Placement Therapy – three-part treatment plan, Feeding Therapy, Oral Placement Therapy – diagnosis and programme planning in order to develop strategies to treat Dyspraxia and related communication disorders.
Flinders University, Adelaide; Swallowing and Dysphagia
Julie successfully completed 40 hours of learning activities focissed on normal swallowing, the diagnosis of abnormal swallowing patterns and intervention for Dysphagia across the lifespan.
Social Stories by Carol Gray
A well researched method to address social understanding and social skills.
Literacy – Reading, Writing and Spelling
Julie attended the following courses in orfder to enhnce her skills in this area; The Irlen Institute to train as a senior screener to assess for scotopic sensitivity, Addressing Auditory Processing Difficulties, developing childrens literacy skills, The Developing Brain with Nathan Mikaere Wallis, Reading and the Brain: Using Neuroscience to enhance literacy – with Dr Martha Burns
In the absence of independent occupational therapists who specialise in sensory integration, Julie attended a five day course to develop the knowledge and skills in order to help her clients with autism.
Alternative and Augmented Communication
Julie has attended courses including; ‘Integrating iPads into your classroom’ with Spectronics and LAMP training (motor planning and devices) in order to enhance her skills in this area
Julie is acutely aware that working in human communication involves emotions, empathy, engagement, positive emotions and values. To this end, she has attendend courses including Dr Martin Seligman (the father of positive psychology), Born for Love (what is empathy and why does it matter?) and NLP Business Excellence (Values Awareness, Outcome Thinking and Perceptual Positions).