Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

I spent 10 years working for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist before setting up Hegarty Therapy.  I am passionate about supporting children and young people to meet their full potential by breaking down communication barriers.  Working independently now, I can offer flexible and intensive therapy packages individualised for each client.  I am committed to working closely with parents and schools and I enjoy seeing the difference that therapy makes to a child’s educational experience, well-being and happiness.

Whilst the majority of my current work is in Sussex and the London area, I also have experience with clients in Cambridgeshire and Australia, where I spent one year living and working. I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008 with a BSc (honours) 2:1 in Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy).  I am also a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).


Additional Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding.  When Children Won’t Eat, Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders.
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: An Introduction to Diagnosis and Management with the University of Winchester
  • Introduction to PROMPT Workshop (3 days).  PROMPT stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to Speech Therapy.
  • Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention (therapy for children who stammer)
  • Michael Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCI)
  • Michael Palin Family Communication Therapy
  • Swindon Fluency Trust training for children and young people who stammer
  • Makaton Signing Foundation, Enhancement and Baby Signing
  • ELKLAN licenced tutor – I am trained to train nursery and school staff in the accredited ELKLAN course
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2). This is a tool used to help identify children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Evidence-Based Intervention for Children with Speech Sound Disorders by Caroline Bowen
  • Selective Mutism Training with Maggie Johnson (core and extension levels)
  • Manchester University Post Basic Dysphagia Course (feeding and swallowing)
  • Coaching To Improve Performance, a 2 day course by East Sussex County Council
  • Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) workshop by Pam Enderby
  • Placement Educator Workshop (Universities at Medway)
  • Protective Behaviours (PB) Practitioner Training.  This is a safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children and adults to recognise any situation where they feel worried or emotionally unsafe and it explores practical ways to keep safe.