About Me

My name is Kate Biss and I am a Private Speech and Language Therapist based in the Highlands of Scotland. I work with children and adults who have a wide variety of speech, language and communication difficulties, offering face to face therapy carefully designed for every client.

I am dedicated to helping people access the right amount of speech therapy to meet their needs.  This may be in remote and rural communities (like my own), or English speakers living in foreign countries.

Using Skype to provide online face-to-face therapy is my special interest.  Working in this way gives clients the opportunity to receive regular therapy, which is as effective as in a clinic environment.

Through my career, I have been fortunate to work with a variety of young people, adults and their families; at home, in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. I have extensive experience in treating a wide range of communication problems. 

My background

I began my career in 1996, working in Scotland with pre-school and school aged children with speech and language delay.  I also provided a service to children who had complex speech and language/learning needs.  This was the beginning of my journey towards a specialism in complex communication difficulties, Autism and swallowing difficulties.  Moving down to Worcestershire; I worked in a Specialist Multidisciplinary Assessment Centre, a school for children with Learning Difficulties, along with a busy community caseload.

In South Devon I continued to work with special needs and had my sights on a specialism in children with swallowing problems (paediatric dysphagia).  In 2001 my career turned a corner. I took the opportunity to develop my swallowing expertise with adults in the District General Hospital. This included patients who had speech and communication difficulties following a stroke.

After my daughter was born, I was asked to take on a post as a Community Speech Therapist on the edge of Dartmoor.  My experience in the hospital meant that I could provide a service to the Community Hospital, alongside a caseload of children with a variety of needs.  In addition to this, I provided support and training to nursing homes and schools.  During this time I began to take on a few private speech therapy clients.

My private speech therapy practice grew when I moved back to my childhood home in the West Highlands; also giving me more flexibility to bring up my children.  In 2008 I worked as a Locum Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Adult Team.  This gave me an insight into the provision for families in the Highlands and has fuelled my passion to provide what the client needs, not what a service can offer.

Communication and interaction are key to a child’s development and learning.  Communication is at the centre of our relationships and our communities.  Without effective communication, we reduce our social activities, become isolated, putting our well-being and happiness at risk. 

I am privileged to offer a private speech therapy service where you are at the centre and you set the goals.  We work together as a team; to achieve the best outcome and enable you to enjoy the best possible quality of life.

 

Qualifications/Registrations

  • Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Speech Sciences (BScHons), University College London (1996).
  • Registration with Health and Care Professions Council (RegHCPC)
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (mRCSLT)
  • Member of the Association of Independent Speech and Language Therapists (mASLTIP)
  • Enhanced Disclosure Scotland certificate.
  • Member of the British Aphasiology Society

 

Specialist further qualifications/training

  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’
  • Hanen ‘More Than Words’
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) (2 day course.)
  • The Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children.(TEAACH) (4 day course)
  • Intensive Interaction training (Dave Hewitt)
  • Sensory Integration (Approaches to children with Neurodevelopmental Disorder.) (2 day Course, Hospscotch Therapy Centre, London)
  • Makaton Signing, Level 1&2
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Dyspraxia) training. (2 day Course. Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Kay Giesecke.)
  • Sound Reasoning. (Speech Sound Disorders, Dr Caroline Bowen. 2 day course)
  • The Shape Coding System Part 1 (Moor House Research and Training Institute)
  • Delivering Speech Therapy by Skype (Dr Rebecca Matthews)
  • Aphasia and technology, Online Therapy and EVAPark (City, University of London)
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (Willie Botterill, Kidge Burns. 2 day course.)
  • Advanced Clinical Supervision for Professional Educators.  (Marjon University. 2 day course, )
  • Coaching Skills (Social Enterprise Academy. 2 day course)
  • Care Aims (Kate Malcomess. 2 day course)
  • Dysphagia Training, Post graduate (Masters level) Sheffield University.
  • Eating and Drinking Difficulties in Children: Post Graduate Level, University College London.
  • Award in Leadership SCQF level 9.  The Institute of Leadership and Management.

 

How can I help?
If I can help you, or someone you care for, please get in touch for an informal chat.
Latest News

Friday, June 5th 2020

'Speech Therapy in lockdown'.

A message from a family receiving therapy under lockdown. What a lovely way to start June. Dear Kate We only updated the social communication sheet yesterday and are amazed by the amount of progress our son has made since February. We are thrilled with the changes - not just the n... Full Story...

Monday, February 24th 2020

Behind the scenes....

Behind the scenes: My Working Week. Monday 17th February: I am out of the door at 8am, leaving 2 teenagers snoozing in bed! It’s half term week. One of my visits was cancelled due to a poorly child so it’s one visit and back to the office. The round trip is about 3 h... Full Story...
Testimonials
I find Kate sympathetic, good company and demanding of effort on my part - which is good. I feel that if I had known about Kate in the beginning, my recovery by now would be virtually complete.
Amanda, France