I am lucky enough to live and work in the Scottish Highlands where the scenery changes from minute to minute. The same could be said for my job; as a speech therapist no two clients are the same or have the same difficulties. This is one reason why I am so passionate about what I do. It can be challenging; but it is extremely rewarding when children make progress or adults begin to show some recovery from their Stroke.
After graduating in 1996 I worked in Scotland, mainly with children in schools and in the community. I then moved to Worcester and developed a specialism in special needs; assessing and diagnosing complex disorders. These included autism, disorders of speech, language and communication and severe developmental delays. My post also involved training, providing support and advice to parents and working closely with the multidisciplinary team.
Working in South Devon, I continued with special needs in a school for children with physical and moderate learning difficulties. In addition I began working on the acute wards in the District Hospital with adults and moved on to develop a specialism in stroke and progressive neurological conditions.
Following the birth of my daughter, I took on a post as a Community Specialist for adults and children in a town on the edge of Dartmoor. At this time I also began to take on some private work.
In 2006 I moved back to my childhood home in Lochalsh where my son was born. I have spent some time as a locum for the local NHS alongside developing my private practice. It is a privilege to have a flexible job that works with my family and allows us to live in such a wonderful place.