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Private Speech & Language Therapy Services

Welcome to Unlocking Language

Unlocking Language is a private speech and language therapy service boasting excellence and expertise in assessment and intervention of speech, language, communication, voice and swallowing disorders. We work with children, adolescents and adults.  We pride ourselves in offering a functional and impairment based therapeutic approach.  We utilise the most current and comprehensive therapy methods, evidence-based programmes and research techniques to achieve successful outcomes.

Award winning service

Unlocking Language was founded by Shermeena Rabbi, a leading Speech & Language Therapist in the UK. We have won several accolades for our innovative and bespoke practice.  Services are offered all over London with a regular clinic in Canary Wharf and Romford (Essex).  We offer a specialist 24-hour service for dysphagia.  We are very proud to be a unique client-centred clinic with experienced and qualified bilingual service providers.  Our therapists are highly trained to offer expert management of your needs and design bespoke therapy programmes to achieve your goals.

Our philosophy

Our service is completely bespoke and led by your needs.  Our mission is to focus on ‘YOU’ and we are dedicated to providing a high quality, personalised service aiming for positive results, for you and your family, as we go through the process of speech and language therapy. We believe every individual should be given the opportunity to develop and achieve their full communication potential and our job is to empower you to achieve that potential. We offer a variety of services to maximise communication and swallowing skills thus improving the quality of life for our clients.

We offer a highly specialist Dysphagia service.  We assess, treat and manage swallowing and feeding difficulties in both children and adults.  This service is an on-call 24 hours service enabling us to come to your home, hospital or unit if there is a dysphagia or aspiration query.  We also offer the McNeill Dysphagia Swallow Rehabilitation Programme and a private video fluoroscopy service for adults.

Voice is our most vital asset.  We offer workshops for adults to help you communicate with clarity, confidence and impact. The 3 hour workshop focuses on breathing for speech, voice projection, enunciation,  effective use of the speech articulators and optimal resonance.  Our verbal communication requires intricate interaction between our vocal and speech muscles and it is important to keep them healthy and trained.  These workshops are designed for people who use their voice, particularly in their profession. We offer a discounted rate to professionals living or working in Canary Wharf.

Shermeena Rabbi and Meera Mehta are trained in TalkTools.  This is an oral placement therapy programme  used for speech and feeding difficulties and incorporates a tactile component, enabling clients to ‘feel’ the movements required for speech and feeding.  It uses a combination of auditory stimulation, visual stimulation and tactile stimulation of the mouth.  This approach can be used with both children and adults.

At Unlocking Language, we believe in treasuring each individual’s identity and culture. This means promoting the client’s ability to communicate in their native language.  Bilingual speech therapy ensures that a child who speaks two languages is able to focus on improving true communication deficits and not spend time trying to correct language patterns that are common for all bilingual children.  We offer a specialist bilingual assessment which helps us to determine whether a bilingual child’s communication differences are related to their second language or are true difficulties.

Our therapists speak a range of languages such as:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Punjabi
  • Gujrati
  • Hindi
  • Zulu
  • Polish
  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Urdu
  • Afrikaans
  • Mandarin
  • Malay


Shermeena is highly motivated and professional. Her company presentation left us in no doubt that she is all about quality and meeting our service needs but also was not afraid to suggest new and creative ideas. I would strongly recommend Shermeena and her team
Pauline ShawDirector of Care & Service Development
Royal Star & Garter Homes
Unlocking language has transformed the progress of the many pupils with speech and language needs here at the Globe Academy. Clear assessments are shared, followed by well organised group and individual sessions ran by trained therapists. All alongside training for our teachers to ensure we provide quality first teaching. Their first rate resources and team approach have enabled our SLCN pupils to shine.
Sylvia HowiesoEducational Consultant
(Formerly Senco at Globe)
I highly recommend Shermeena's work as a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist due to her high level of professionalism and skill whilst performing as an excellent team player. Shermeena enhances her service by demonstrating high quality interventions with lateral thinking and has great empathy and a sense of humour! I have no hesitation in recommending Shermeena for any SALT requirements whether this is for individual's or service providers.
Simon BerrellDirector of The Neuro Physio Service Ltd
We initially selected Unlocking Language to help with our son's speech delay. They helped us beyond speech therapy including help with attention, more understanding and even running our ABA program . Over the year of therapy sessions he is been much more understanding and noticeable positive changes in behaviour. We highly recommend the Unlocking Language team.
Mrs AbrahamMother of 5year old son with Autism
You have helped me with my speech problems. I feel more confident now..You were the best one I saw
Kofi OpponTeenager with Specific Language Impairment

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