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I am a British trained Speech and Language Therapist with over thirty years experience. After qualifying with a BSc Speech Pathology and Therapy (Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, 1984), I worked for the National Health Service in Scotland in mainstream schools, special schools, hospitals and community clinics.

After a few years I moved to London, where I specialised by providing therapy for young disabled adults with medical diagnoses such as stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease. During this time, I attended a course by Dr. Jeri Logemann (USA) and became the specialist in swallowing difficulties/dysphagia for the district.

My family moved to Norway in 1991, and this gave me the opportunity to provide an independent therapy service for international families and also work with several Kommunes (Trondheim, Sola, Randaberg, Stavanger, and Sandnes). My experiences with both bilingual and preschool children increased, and in 2001 I attended a course with the Canadian organisation called Hanen, to further develop the skills of involving parents in the therapy process.

I am a current member of Norsk Logopedlag (the Norwegian speech and language therapy association) and have attended, and sometimes presented, at their meetings. Over the years I have lived in Stavanger, I have maintained close links with local schools, international schools and nurseries, as well as many professionals in the local health and social services.

During our family's four year posting to Indonesia, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy (University of York, 2012). On my return to Stavanger, I was then able to use this knowledge when I was employed in the Learning Support Team at the International School of Stavanger. Working with students aged 3 to 18, I used all my skills as a therapist, along with my skills in working with children with dyslexia, and I gained new skills as a Learning Support Specialist in the areas of literacy and behavioural difficulties.

I have also gained experience working with students who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and have knowledge of how best to support them in mainstream education. These students also benefitted from my special interest in the area of social skills training for communication impaired students, and I cooperated with colleagues to develop a program of group therapy for them.

Further professional development opportunities have included a phonological therapy course with Dr. Caroline Bowen (Australia) in 2013, and attending the British Dyslexia Association Conference in 2014.

As I work in schools, I hold a current criminal record check in Norway (Begrenset politattest, May 2016).