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Southwark - Special Schools Provision

    We have been commissioned by Southwark Council and Clinical Commissioning group to provide Speech and Language Therapy Services to special schools within the borough.

    If you would like more information about the service and our team, please do get in touch.
Southwark

Unlocking Language is an independent speech and language therapy service boasting excellence and expertise in assessment and intervention of speech, language and communication disorders. We work in over 40 school settings and pride ourselves in offering a functional and impairment based therapeutic approach.

At Unlocking Language, we work closely with all those involved with the child to ensure that speech and language therapy is embedded into their daily routine. This includes a focus on working with and supporting parents, carers and schools.

Answers to a few common questions

We have dedicated therapists at each of the special schools within Southwark. To find out which therapist is located at the school your child is based at you can visit their dedicated website. Alternatively you may send us an email or call us to discuss any matters.

Details:

Email: info@unlockinglanguage.co.uk

Telephone: 020 7536 9299

The change in speech and language therapy provider should have no negative impact on your child. We have been working closely with the previous provider, the schools, the local authority and the clinical commissioning group to ensure as smooth a transfer as possible.

The new provider, 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 currently offered all over London with a regular clinic in Canary Wharf and Romford (Essex). We are very proud to be a unique client-centred practice with experienced and qualified therapists.  Our therapists are highly trained to offer expert management of client needs and design bespoke therapy programmes to achieve the desired goals. We offer services to over 40 schools, and have previously been commissioned by Liverpool NHS and Sefton NHS.

Our Southwark Team

Shermeena Rabbi

Shermeena Rabbi

Director and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Shermeena worked with both adults and children in the NHS and private sectors for over 10 years prior to the success of her two private speech and language therapy practices. She has a portfolio of exclusive clients. 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

Megan Armstrong

Megan Armstrong

Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Megan has worked as a speech and language therapist for almost a decade, with her main interests being Autism and special needs, social emotional mental health, early years and young adults. Hailing from South Africa, Megan has worked in an array of settings, including hospitals, community, clinics and schools (mainstream & SEN) giving her a wide range of experience within different settings & boroughs throughout the Greater London area. Megan is currently the Clinical Lead of the SEN schools team in the Southwark borough.

Dr. Sarita Austin

Dr. Sarita Austin

Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Dr. Sarita Austin has worked for over two decades with children with autism spectrum disorder in various roles including paediatric speech and language therapist, autism researcher, supervisor, speech and language services manager, university instructor, and workshop facilitator. Described as “energetic,” “enthusiastic,” “knowledgable,” “organized,” and “inspiring” by parents and colleagues, Sarita uses her professional experience, life experience from traveling the world, plus her training in theatre to make her therapy, diagnostic assessments, and parent and educator trainings engaging and beneficial. Sarita’s doctoral research focused on language use in children with autism and she is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also credentialed as a speech-language pathologist in the United States.

Meera Mehta

Meera Mehta

Speech and Language Therapist

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

Speech and Language Therapist

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.

Jaya Simpson

Jaya Simpson

Speech and Language Therapist

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).

Saoirse lane

Saoirse lane

Speech and Language Therapist

Saoirse studied at Newcastle University and graduated with a degree in Speech and Language Sciences. She is a therapist who works in a combination of mainstream schools and schools with children who have specialist needs such as Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Saoirse uses her learnt skills to assess, diagnose and carry out therapy that is suited to the needs of the client.

Molly Mulvaney

Molly Mulvaney

Speech and Language Therapist

Molly is a dedicated and creative therapist who graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Speech and Language Sciences. Her work focuses around assessing, diagnosing and providing intervention to those with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs although she has a specific interest in Developmental Language Disorder.

Priyanka Bouri

Priyanka Bouri

Speech and Language Therapist

Priyanka completed her postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy at City, University of London. She is a dedicated and approachable therapist who is passionate about working with both children and adults. Priyanka currently provides services to primary school aged children in mainstream and special schools. She enjoys providing therapy that is motivating and exciting for children. She works collaboratively with parents and teachers during the assessment and intervention process to gain a holistic view of her clients and to set meaningful person-centred goals.

Sarah Olulode

Sarah Olulode

Speech and Language Therapist

Sarah currently provides services to primary school aged children in resource bases and special schools. She is currently developing a special interest in language and cognition in hearing impairment and deafness. Sarah has experience working with children and young adults living with Autism, hearing impairment, social communication difficulties, intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. She enjoys working closely with the students, teachers, LSA’s and other professionals to improve speech, language and communication development by increasing participation and engagement and expanding functional language. Sarah also has experience using high and low tech AAC such as PECS, Sign Along, British Sign Language and voice output apps such as ProLoQuo To Go and LAMP to support communication development.

Zahra Sheikh

Zahra Sheikh

Speech and Language Therapist

Zahra is an enthusiastic and passionate speech and language therapist. After completing her undergraduate degree in speech and language therapy, she developed a passion for Autism Spectrum Disorders and pursued an MSc in Autism at the University of Strathclyde. She currently provides services to children in mainstream primary schools and children with Autism spectrum disorders in resource bases. She is committed to providing a holistic approach to therapy and maximising the potential of every child.

Sarah Watkins-Baker

Sarah Watkins-Baker

Speech and Language Therapist

Sarah graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a distinction in a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Her experience comes from multiple settings, in both private and government sectors which include hospitals, schools and clinics, working with both adults and children with a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties and disorders. She is a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic therapist who aims to empower not only her clients but also their families and caregivers. She aims to adopt a holistic approach to therapy and to provide therapy that is specific to a client’s needs. Sarah has developed a special interest in Autism, as well as dysphagia.

 

We are Unlocking Language

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. We are very proud to be a unique child-centred service with experienced and qualified bilingual service providers. Our therapists are highly trained to offer expert management of every child’s needs and design bespoke therapy programmes to achieve their potential.

Our Philosophy

Our service is completely bespoke and led by the child’s needs. Our mission is to give every child the opportunity to develop and achieve their full communication potential by empowering them to achieve that potential. We offer a variety of services to maximise communication and swallowing skills thus improving the quality of life for every child.

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