Liz, Highly Speech & Language Therapist & Therapy Team Leader
Liz qualified as a speech & language therapist in 1998. Liz worked for five years in the NHS with adults with learning disabilities. Liz then came to Milestone in 2003 to lead the service. Since 2010, Liz has lead the therapy team to include occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Liz’s clinical interests include AAC, dysphagia, challenging behaviour and the mental health of children with learning disabilities. Liz has a Masters of Education in Supporting Children and Adults with Severe, Profound and Complex Needs. Liz has a keen passion for speech & language therapy student education and is an experienced Practice Educator and for implementing SEND reforms to ensure all children’s needs are met.
Laura, Speech & Language Therapist
Laura has worked at Milestone since 2016 and enjoys being a part of the friendly therapy team. Laura has previously worked within a special needs school, and a language unit within a mainstream setting, gaining experiences as a school based therapist. I have an interest in ASD and am interested in the unique way our children communicate.
Tim, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Tim has worked at Milestone since September 2002. He worked as a Teaching Assistant until becoming a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant in 2009. Tim completed the PECS Implementer certification in 2015 and leads on PECS throughout the school.
Tim supports the work of the speech & language therapists. He works with individual pupils and small groups. He particularly enjoys sensory stories, social skills work and supporting pupils with challenging behaviour.
Tim creates, monitors and supports various communication systems. He provides training to staff to support the implementation of AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication), PECS and Communicate in Print.
Tim is available at the door most days at home time so many people know him there. Tim loves dressing up so as a team we can always rely on him to make a big effort.
Gem, Speech and Language Therapist
Gem joined Milestone as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2020 and enjoys being part of the dedicated and dynamic therapy team. Gem has previous experience working in specialist provision, PRUs and mainstream settings. Gem’s interests include communication in children with ASD, neurodevelopmental disorders, emotional difficulties and behavioural difficulties.
Terri, AAC Technician
Terri has worked at Milestone Academy since 2007, and joined the therapy team in 2009. Terri works with the speech & language therapy team for two days a week and is a teaching assistant the rest of the time. Her job involves creating alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) resources, communication passports and supporting pupils to use them. Terri also helps the therapists with our database to support caseload management.
Anne, OT / Physio Assistant
Anne has worked at Milestone since 2008 in a range of different roles. Anne joined the therapy team to support the work of the NHS Physios and OTs. She works closely with the NHS physios and OTs to support pupils with equipment, appointments and programmes.