Who we are
We are a team of neuro-specialist Speech and Language Therapists trained to treat communication and swallowing disorders:
- Cate Campbell
- Kirsty Catling
- Tamara Mehd
- Beatrice Brennan
- Patsy Allan
What we do
We assess, diagnose and, where appropriate, provide goal-led therapy programmes. We manage and encourage patients to self-manage the following acquired disorders:
Dysarthria (slurred speech):
- difficulty with articulation resulting from muscle weakness or sensory problems
Dysphasia (language impairments):
- difficulties understanding and expressing spoken or written language
Dyspraxia of speech (motor programming impairment):
- difficulties with the learnt volitional movements of speech
Cognitive Communication Disorder:
- communication disorder primarily associated with cognitive impairment
Dysphonia (voice problems):
- difficulty achieving clear or loud voice secondary to a neurological condition e.g. Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis
We provide direct therapy which may be 1:1 or group therapy. We also provide education, advice and support to family and carers.
In addition, we can refer into local communication groups that offer long-term support e.g. Moving On Stroke Club, Dyscover, Integrated Neurological Services
Who do we see
We see adults with a neurological diagnosis, who are registered with a Richmond GP and who present with communication or swallowing difficulties.
In addition, we see people with dementia and other non-neurological conditions for assessment and advice.
Who don’t we see
Patients with non-neurogenic voice disorders: please refer direct to ENT and voice outpatient clinics at West Middlesex Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital.
Patients with a developmental or acquired stammer: please contact us for signposting or see the British Stammering Association website www.stammering.org