Unlocking Language provides independent speech and language therapy services to both adults and children including adolescents.

Our speech and language therapists are experienced and trained in a variety of evidence based approaches and undergo specialist postgraduate training. They undergo enhanced DBS clearance and are members of both the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our clinics are in Victoria Docks, East London and Harley Street, Central London but we provide a service all over London, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. We also have a service in Exeter (Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall).

Shermeena Rabbi, Director of Unlocking Language:

Shermeena Rabbi
“I started this service in response to adult clients and parents approaching me for a second opinion or therapy. Unfortunately the NHS has undergone significant speech and language therapy cuts resulting in long waiting lists, short therapy blocks and often not even face to face therapy with children. There is also a gap in the service for adolescents with SLCN who are left to transit into the adult world without support. Our service offers an alternative to this – no waiting times, person-centered goals and individually tailored therapy with close multidisciplinary working.”

A little bit about Shermeena Rabbi

Shermeena worked with both adults and children in the NHS and private sectors for over 10years prior to the success of her two private speech and language therapy practices. She has a portfolio of exclusive clients, which includes royalty, cooperate and diplomats. She is a medico-legal expert in the field of adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She has a special interest in brain injury and has had extensive cognitive training that she incorporates into her treatment. Her experience comes from working at excellent institutes such as the Wellington Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Globe Academy, Stanmore Spinal Injury Unit and Afasic. She believes in developing innovative, result-driven approaches in order to provide truly holistic and patient focused therapy.

Shermeena’s other specialisms are children with speech and language difficulties, dyspraxia and autism.  She has an interest in bilingual communication disorders and is fluent in South Asian languages.  She has written papers and presented at conferences focusing on developing the social and functional skills of young people with social-communication disorders.
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Bengali

Madeleine Swan

Madeleine Swan

Madeleine’s approach to working with children and teenagers is creative, motivating and fun. She uses a range of evidence-based approaches to deliver mainstream school services.  Madeleine specialises in ASD and uses a variety of techniques to facilitate communication. She also specialises in stammering for children aged 2 – 11 years using PCI and Michael Palin techniques.

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Sana Mahmood

Sana has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and completed her MSc in Speech and Language Sciences at University College London. She currently works with an adult caseload with a range of speech and language therapy needs. This includes assessment and management of swallowing disorders and communication needs in an outpatient clinic setting, brain injury unit and mental health hospital. Her current specialisms include acquired brain injury and stammering. She uses a client centered approach with goal setting and works closely with families and staff. Sana ensures her therapy is functional, meaningful and empowering.
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Urdu

Meera Mehta

Meera Mehta

Meera provides services to mainstream primary schools that are both adaptive and target driven.  She also specialises in severe special needs such as brain injury, cerebal palsy and autism using a holistic approach to focus on total communication. Meera is organised and emphasises the impact and importance of successful and meaningful communication.  Her enthusiastic personality shines through her therapy, keeping clients motivated and engaged.
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Gujarati, Swahili

 

Emma Corrigan

Emma Corrigan

Emma is a resourceful and energetic speech therapist. She provides a mainstream service to primary and secondary schools.  Emma runs social skill groups and focuses on interlinking speech therapy in secondary school teaching. Her initial degree in Psychology is the backdrop to her developing programmes for adolescents with BESD and social-communication disorders.

 

Abeer Essa

Abeer Essa

Abeer is a passionate and enthusiastic speech and language therapist, who loves helping children develop their language and communication skills. She provides mainstream services to primary and secondary schools and  her main speciality is Dyslexia (Specific Learning Difficulties), where she diagnoses, assesses, and provides therapy. Abeer also specialises in Autism and complex special needs, combining her speech and language background with a variety of sensory techniques and activities.
Languages Spoken: Arabic

 

Ahlem Birem

Ahlem Birem

Ahlem has an MSc from City University London. As a speech and language therapist she enjoys working with children who have a range of speech, language and communication needs. She is passionate about providing individualised therapy programmes for children on her caseload and providing advice and strategies to parents and teachers on how they can best support children at home and in the classroom. She is committed to establishing an open , client centered environment and providing a high quality service for clients.
Languages Spoken: Arabic, French

Lydia Chong

Lydia Chong

Lydia is an organised and enthusiastic therapist. She works with primary school aged children in mainstream schools and also adults with disability. Lydia focuses on delivering therapy which is fun and functional to clients. She believes in empowering individuals and maximising their potential. Lydia specialises in working with individuals with ASD and uses techniques such as PECS and Makaton.
Languages Spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay

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Jaya Simpson

Jaya is a committed and outgoing therapist who works hard to ensure that her clients can develop the communication skills to be outgoing too. She takes a holistic approach to therapy, ensuring that everyone who supports or teaches her clients has the skills to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. Since obtaining a degree from the University of Sheffield she has made sure to keep up to date with the latest research and combines evidence based practice, child and family preference and professional judgement to provide therapy that is tailored to each individual child. Jaya works with children with developmental language disorder, autism, learning disabilities and brain injury, and has an interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

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Kendra Tye-Page

Kendra is a passionate therapist with a wide range of experience in early years, dysfluency, mainstream primary and secondary schools. She is developing a special interest in working with adolescence and currently provides a service to mainstream secondary schools and an alternative learning provision.  Her therapy interlinks with the curriculum through a motivating and functional approach.

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Anette Szulc

Anette completed her MSc in Speech and Language Sciences at University College London. She is an enthusiastic and approachable therapist who currently provides services to both children and adults. This includes working with children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs at primary schools, and adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. Anette aims to provide therapy that is both client-centered and functional in order to empower clients.

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Jonny Turgel

Jonny qualified from UCL where he was awarded an MSc in Speech and Language Sciences with distinction and was the recipient of the UCL Clinical Practice Prize for Excellence. He has a special interest in the field of voice therapy and is passionate about treating adults and children with a range of voice difficulties. Jonny regularly attends further training courses in the field of voice therapy to ensure he is using the latest evidence based techniques with his clients. He is also a professionally trained singer and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading Cantors. Jonny brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his background in the singing voice into his work as a voice therapist.

Laura Thorn

Laura has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics and has completed her MSc in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Essex. She has also completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education and has worked previously as a mainstream primary school teacher. She currently works with a paediatric caseload in mainstream schools across Essex assessing children, providing child-centred therapy interventions and runs monthly advisory speech and language drop-in clinics. Laura uses her working knowledge of education to ensure she provides accessible and functional therapy interventions.