BSc (Hons), MSc MRCSLT, HCPC
Managing Director, the Autism Consortium
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Behaviour Specialist
Louise graduated and gained her licence to practice from University College London in 2000.
Having immediately specialised in Intellectual Disability, she has provided services in many NHS and Educational provisions throughout her career. She completed a Masters degree in Intervention and Analysis in Intellectual Disabilities at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent in 2004 which changed the course of her career becoming a Behaviour Specialist. Lou went on to manage Residential Family Centres completing and co-ordinating residential and community assessments of parents who have intellectual disabilities and parents with Autism and their children; As an Expert Witness to the Family Proceedings Court in cases of child protection and safeguarding, Lou gave evidence about parents’ skills and ability to learn. Throughout her career Lou has maintained her Independent Speech and Language Therapy work which over time, owing to a strong behavioural approach, led to a natural specialism in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Disorder. Lou continues to work privately with a small caseload providing assessment, therapy and attending Educational Tribunal where required. She has recently been responsible for Therapy Services and Outreach Services at Grange Park School, a specialist secondary school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Kent. Lou’s expertise rests within specialist assessment and designing bespoke interventions for individuals and/or groups which are project based; Lou’s skills enable her to work not only in the areas of Speech, Language and Communication, but also with unhelpful behaviours, self esteem and other areas of well-being. Lou is most effective when working within an established multi-disciplinary team so that integrated interventions can be applied. In her spare time, which is not often Lou enjoys sending time with her two young children and going for long muddy walks.
Lou is a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Care Professionals Council.
NAS Professional of the Year 2017
I was delighted to be nominated for the award; National Autistic Society Professional of the Year. This is a peer nominated award and focuses upon a professional’s innovation and creativity in the services they provide; and the positive impact of those services for people with Autism.
I was nominated in relation to the Outreach services I provided and the research project work I completed last year whilst employed at Grange Park School in Wrotham, Kent; which focused upon Primary to Secondary school transition. The Project Plan and Outcomes of the Grange Park School Transition Project have been published by Network Autism.