Sophie Spicer (BSc Hons, MRCSLT, MHCPC) has been working in paediatric Speech and Language Therapy in a range of NHS, private and charity settings since qualifying from Birmingham City University.

She has experience working with both pre-school and school-aged children across nurseries, primary, secondary and special educational settings from 6 months-19years. She specialises in social communication difficulties, Autism and pre-school complex needs (including eating and drinking difficulties).

She feels it is essential to raise awareness and expectations for children with language and communication difficulties and prizes the opportunity to support them to maximise their independence and ability to communicate effectively. She is trained and experienced in working with children with Autistic Spectrum condition, Down's Syndrome, Developmental Language Disorder, Dyspraxia, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment and more global learning difficulties/developmental delay. She is trained in, and able to provide a range of interventions including Intensive Interaction, Parent Child Interaction, Colourful Semantics, Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication (PECs), Nuffield Dyspraxia therapy and Attention Autism. She has additional post graduate knowledge of Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI), and finds this knowledge essential when applying this as part of the SCERTS framework particularly when addressing social communication difficulties.

She can provide in depth assessments and reports and has extensive experience writing Education, Health and Care Plan advice.  She enjoys working closely with families and schools, setting up bespoke programmes relevant to the child's specific areas of need.

Awaiting Sophie's photo, currently showing the Wherry Olive, which is available to hire (with crew) from the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust .