When Black Sheep Press started in 1992, Helen Rippon, Speech and Language Therapist, was the first of our authors and illustrator. Since then she has been joined by many more professionals. These include Speech and Language Therapists, a teacher of the deaf, psychologist, and Speech and Language Therapists working as teachers and researchers in universities.
Qualifying in 1978 Angela worked for N Staffordshire NHS throughout her career, becoming Senior Specialist SLT for children with specific speech and language impairment. She also had an advisory role for the SLTs across North Staffordshire. In 2000 Languageland was created and used extensively in the area. In 2005 Languageland was one of 12 finalists in the West Midlands NHS Innovations competition.
Angie Wootten has been a practising teacher of the deaf for nearly thirty years. Working as a visiting teacher in a mainstream environment she has seen the need for both deaf and hearing children to develop strong pragmatic skills in order to build successful relationships, and to enter smoothly into the workplace.
Angie works with individuals and groups of deaf and hearing children on social interaction skills. She is a passionate advocate of role play and co-authored the handbook for teachers Using Drama to Teach Personal, Social and Emotional Skills (O’Hanlon and Wootten, 2007). Her MPhil was in oral communication skills.
Bec has 20+ years experience working as a speech and language therapist in mainstream education. She has worked collaboratively with BSP since 2001 developing a range of evidence based narrative resources for use with pupils from Foundation Stage to Secondary. Bec is currently a senior specialist SALT in North Wales for BCUHB. Her role encompasses clinical governance, a specialist secondary caseload and neurodevelopmental assessment.
Caroline Bowen, PhD, CPSP, ASHA Fellow, Life Member SPA, Hon FRCSLT is an Australian Speech-Language Pathologist whose clinical, research and writing interests involve children’s speech, families’ role in SLP/SLT intervention, and discipline specific ICT including social media. She presents invited CPD events worldwide and has been a Professional Editorial and Content Consultant for Black Sheep Press since 2000.
Catherine Redmayne practised as a Speech and Language Therapist with preschool and primary age children for many years. She became very interested in the work of Marion Blank and the experimental version of the PLAI based on that work (Preschool Language Assessment Instrument by Blank, Rose & Berlin). Using the PLAI highlighted the fact that many children with delayed or impaired language skills did not select relevant picture details that helped them to ‘know’ things. The idea for Mr Goodguess was born.
Dr Anne Hewitt is a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist in Sefton. She has 30 years of clinical experience working with children with a wide range of communication impairments. She recognised the need for the High Level Language Comprehension Test (HILLT) in her clinical practice and devised it as part of her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was awarded her PhD in March 2017.
Dr Liz Dean is a speech and language therapist who has 30 years experience working within the NHS and charitable sectors as well as in the education of speech and language therapy students. For the last seven years Liz has headed up the Independent SLT Practice ‘Langlearn 1 ’ which provides specialist SLT services for clients with complex disabilities across the North West of England.
Sarah then worked as a lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC) for 10 years. Roles included student clinical co-ordination, teaching, supporting student research and the maintenance of a weekly clinic in schools with resource bases for children with a hearing loss. Upon completing her PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sarah moved to Kean University in the United States where she currently co-ordinates the speech-language pathology doctoral programme, teaches and supports student research.
Eilidh is a Specialist SLT who has worked in NHS Dumfries and Galloway since graduating in 1997. Her clinical work and previous M.Ed. research focuses on supporting children with speech, language and communication needs in mainstream settings. She has played an active role in the Specific Language Impairment (Developmental Language Disorder) Scotland SIG, currently in her third year as Chairperson.
Our FLAC resources have been developed by Florence King, MSc, Brona Trolan, BSc, and Laura McGuiggan, BSc, who work in community clinics with children and their families. All three have extensive experience in assessment, differential diagnosis and the provision of intervention for children. In recent years this has included children who are bilingual or whose family members speak a language other than English.
Cultural and linguistic adaptations are the result of collaborative working with interpreters employed by the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Interpreting Service who are home-language speakers of the language on which they advised.
Helen, a Highly Specialist SLT, is a key member of BSP, our main author and illustrator. Her resources have been developed to solve ‘real life’ clinical issues, often created in response to feedback from customers.
Helen spent most of her 40 year career supporting children with severe and complex communication disorders. She is now a consultant for two local schools, working alongside teaching staff.
Judith Carey has 35 years experience as a speech and language therapist. Her passion lies in early years and early intervention. Judith has 3 children, 2 of whom are teachers so her links with educational issues are strong. Since the development of the Foundation Stage Narrative packs, Judith also travels around the country delivering training in this highly effective approach.
Roslyn Neilson, Ph.D., is an Australian speech-language pathologist who has extensive experience carrying out clinical work, research, teaching, publishing and consultancy in the area of literacy and reading difficulties. Her expertise includes a specialist focus on assessment and intervention for phonological awareness.
Sarah Parkin is a Speech and Language Therapist working within Preschool Clinics and Mainstream School Support Service in Stockport. She qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University and has developed a special interest in phonology and its links to literacy development.
Sue Nicholls is a qualified youth worker, currently working as a registered childminder and tutor for the National Childminding Association.
Since having children of her own, she has become more interested in the emotional literacy of young children and has produced resources to help them understand the social world. Recently she has had two games published by Speechmark Publishing: ‘Let’s Talk: Feelings’ and ‘Let’s Talk: Assertiveness’. She is especially interested in children’s emotional resilience, self esteem and finding ways of helping children to feel ‘big on the inside’.
Dr Suze Leitão B.Med.Sci (Speech), PhD, CPSP, FSPA, Life Member SPA
Suze is a clinician, lecturer and researcher in speech-language therapy based in Australia, with a PhD in the area of speech, language and literacy. She has published widely in peer reviewed journals.
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