I, Joy Munro, graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Speech Pathology Degree. The early part of my career was spent working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, including mental health difficulties and attachment difficulties. Working with children who found learning very difficult, they weren't engaged and were either excluded from or on the brink of exclusion from school. Large percentages of these children, when assessed were found to have underlying speech, language and communication difficulties that had remained unidentified. I was able to put strategies and interventions in place to support these pupils. It was important to support staff and parents/carer with advice and training in order to support the speech, language and communication needs, reengage the children in learning and therefore reduce the behavioural incidences.
I have managed caseloads of children from nursery-age through to 16 years old in both mainstream and specialist provisions, working alongside NHS Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Sencos and Parents/carers.
As well as carrying out assessment and therapy I enjoy organising and delivering training programmes, interventions and conferences to train and support staff and parents
I am trained as a Regional Makaton Tutor, an ELKLAN tutor and an ICAN tutor.
For more information about training and dates please see SERVICES AVAILABLE.
I am a driven and dedicated Speech and Language Therapist and love what I do. It consider it a huge privilege to support children with their learning and developing skills in speech and language that allow them to engage effectively in communication.
I was born and raised in Cumbria and I love what I do...I have the privilege of supporting children with their learning and developing skills in speech and language that allows them to engage effectively in communication - this sets them up for life. I would thrive on the chance to be doing that in Cumbria where I grew up and give something back to a place that is so close to my heart.
We typically are engaged to provide on-site speech & language therapy input that includes assessment and direct therapy, in both one-to-one and in group sessions, together with staff support and training as well as providing parental workshops. Being based at a school for a half- or whole-day sessions means that we can directly help children with identified needs and make sure that the adults that support their needs are confident and skilled in their roles too. For me it is about supporting teachers and school staff to feed the support current curriculum planning and not expecting additional programmes and targets to be managed on top in non-existent time. I would love to talk with you about what would work in your school.