Amy Drew

BA, PGDip SLT, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, Reg. HCPC

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist & Director, Trustee, Grove Cottage-MENCAP Bishop’s Stortford

Amy is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with over 10 years’ experience and 5 years’ experience working as a speech and language therapy assistant, prior to training as a therapist. Amy trained at City University, London, graduating in 2007. Amy has a breadth of experience providing therapy for preschoolers, primary age children and young people with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs. Special interests and skills include Parent-Child Interaction, pre-school special needs, Down Syndrome, Autism, cleft/palate related speech issues, speech and language development and disorders.  Amy has a strong commitment to educating and empowering others to develop their confidence and competence to support young people with speech, language and communication needs.

Marissa Pajot Webb 

MA, CCC-SLP, SLT, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, Reg. HCPC

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist & Director

Marissa is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with over 10 years’ experience practicing in both the USA where she originally obtained her MA from Montclair State University in NJ, USA in Speech and Language Pathology and the UK for the past 7 years.  In the USA, Marissa worked in mainstream schools and a specialized Aural Deaf Education program.  Since moving the UK, she has worked within the NHS in clinics, mainstream and special schools as well as post 16 provisions.  Areas of particular interest and skills include Parent-Child Interaction, hearing impairment, bilingualism, Autism, articulation difficulties and language and literacy.  Marissa is passionate about current research into the connection between early attachment and communication development.

Lindsay Hardy-Wood

BSc Hons, SLT, MRCSLT, Reg. HCPC

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Lindsay qualified in 2008 at the University of East Anglia with a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy. Prior to this, Lindsay gained experience from working as a Special Needs Officer giving her insight into special educational needs provision. Over the last several years, Lindsay has worked in a range of specialist educational provisions with children with hearing impairment, developmental language disorders and learning difficulties across primary and secondary specialist speech and language bases and mainstream schools. Lindsay is passionate about working with children with Developmental Language Disorders and Speech Disorders in collaboration with others so they are understood and supported to achieve in the classroom.  In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time exploring the countryside with her dog.

 

Hélène Somerville

BSc, MRCSLT, Reg. HCPC

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

 

Helene is a highly specialist speech and language therapist with over 17 years experience working for the NHS  in the UK and previously for the New Zealand Health Service.  Hélène trained at De Montford University in Leicester. She has a wealth of experience working in multidisciplinary teams in health and education & providing training to staff in both these fields.  In New Zealand Helene worked in dysphagia, preschool special needs and cleft lip and palate. Since returning to the UK, she has continued a highly specialist role in cleft lip and palate, sitting on the national committee for the Cleft Palate Centre of Excellence Network for several years , as well as working in Children’s Centres providing specialist support for preschool children with a range of speech, language and communication needs and staff training in Makaton and visual support systems.  Hélène has special interests in cleft palate, non – cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction, conductive hearing loss, articulation difficulties, speech sound disorders and early language. In her spare time, Hélène sings with 2 choirs and is very active in her local community.

Claire Grainger

Speech and Language Therapist Assistant (SLTA)

Claire has an NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and has spent years working as a Learning Support Assistant in local primary schools supporting children with speech, language and communication needs and learning difficulties.  Claire has also worked as an exam invigilator recently.  Claire became interested in speech and language therapy through working on speech and language therapy programmes with the children she was supporting during her years as an LSA and was inspired to become an assistant as as a result.  Her love of laminating comes in handy as well.  Claire is particularly fascinated by speech sound development and enjoys working with children one to one.  In her spare time, Claire enjoys up-cycling furniture, photography and walking her dog.

Jenny Reid

Student Speech and Language Therapist & SLTA

Jenny is a Speech Therapy Assistant who has many years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. Alongside her work with The Orchid Practice, Jenny works a speech and language therapy assistant within a specialist NHS Cleft Lip and Palate Team.  She is currently studying Health Sciences and starts her SLT qualification at the University of Greenwich this year.  Jenny’s interests are in Literacy, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Cleft related speech difficulties and Autism.  In her spare time, she likes Photography, Architecture, Walking, Cycling, Cooking and Baking.

History of The Orchid Practice

The Orchid Practice was founded in 2016 by Specialist Speech and Language Therapists with a vision for providing support to children with special educational needs or specific speech and language difficulties and their families.  The inspiration for our name came from our observations that like our clients, orchids are individual, rare, special, intriguing and above all, orchids triumph against adversity. Given the right environment and the right support, orchids will flourish. At The Orchid Practice we are passionate about creating interventions which will enable our clients to realise their full potential. Our practice has quickly developed to incorporate specialised services for children with autistic spectrum disorders and young adults with speech and language difficulties.  We have developed a strong network of high quality professionals able to provide holistic support for our clients including joint professional collaboration.

MyTherapyTracker®

In 2017, we launched our unique cloud-based electronic patient record system designed specifically for therapy.  This system allows us to keep our clinical records in compliance with HCPC guidelines and GDPR.  Each one of our clients has an individual record and a login so that parents and carers can keep up to date with intervention as well as engage in collaboration with their therapist by using their login to view notes, reports, targets and utilise the two-way media upload for sharing therapy techniques and evidencing progress.  We are able to use this service with educational settings who commission our services for seamless collaboration.  Find out more about the difference MyTherapyTracker makes at   www.mytherapytracker.com