About Us

West London Speech and Language Therapy is an independent speech and language therapy practice providing speech and language therapy services to children from birth. The practice was initially established by two NHS-practising speech and language therapists in order to offer high quality services to children and their families.

Our mission is to maximise the communication skills of all children in order to assist them in reaching their full potential. We aim to achieve this through a range of services from supporting new parents/carers to gain an understanding of communication development to providing specialised individual treatment for children with communication difficulties. We are committed to providing the most effective and evidence-based services in a friendly and motivating environment.

Suzanne Da Silva

BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (MASLTIP)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Suzanne qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2002. She has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in a number of different NHS organisations in the North East and in London. Suzanne has worked across mainstream primary schools, special schools, secondary schools and community paediatrics and has also worked as an early years’ team leader (0- 5 year-olds) for one of the largest boroughs in London. Suzanne is also mum to Lwena (December 2010) and Kiami (November 2012).

Aoife Curran

BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons), MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (MASLTIP)
  • Member of American Speech Hearing Association
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • MSc (UCL) Human Communication Science

Aoife qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2001. She worked for two years in Ireland as a Speech and Language Therapist in community clinics before embarking on an Msc in Human Communication Science at University College London. Aoife has worked as a therapist in many settings across London including community paediatrics, mainstream primary schools and specialist language resources. She has also worked alongside paediatricians in diagnostic clinics for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Aoife currently works as a team leader providing speech and language therapy services into children’s centres. Aoife is mum to Fiach (October 2014).

Anna Halford

BA (Hons), MSLP, MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • Master of Speech Language Pathology (MSLP)
  • BA (Hons) English
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Anna graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Since returning to the UK after graduating, Anna has worked as a therapist for the NHS in London, and in an independent practice in Bristol. Anna has experience in a number of settings including clinics, nurseries, mainstream primary and secondary schools. Before joining West London Speech and Language Therapy, Anna worked as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in primary schools where she was also part of a small team developing a successful new branch of the NHS Trust's service for Key Stage 1 children with social communication difficulties.

Rachel Crane

BA (Hons), MSc, MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Theology
  • MSc Speech and Language Sciences
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Rachel qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from University College London in 2014. She has worked for the NHS across a range of settings, including mainstream schools and nurseries, and community clinics. Prior to joining West London Speech and Language Therapy, she worked in a specialist school for children with speech and language difficulties, running joint sessions with Occupational Therapists, and working collaboratively with teaching staff to plan and deliver the curriculum.

Diana Hashimi

BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Diana qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from City University London in 2015. She has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in local NHS trusts in West London. Diana has experience of working jointly with education staff and specialist therapists to provide tailored support for children with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties across mainstream schools and community health clinics. Prior to joining West London Speech and Language Therapy, Diana also worked in a specialist centre for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Diana's special interests include Autism and Stammering.

Raffaella Marrafino BA (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • BA (Hons) Hispanic Studies
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Raffaella graduated from City University, London and has experience across mainstream primary schools, children’s centres and community paediatrics working with children with complex needs.

Raffaella has also worked as a tutor in community and further education, teaching English as a second language and employability skills. Raffaella is a fluent Italian speaker.  She is also mum to Alyssia (July 2007) and Christian (August 2012).

Katie Harrison BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Katie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from University College London (UCL) in 2013. She has worked for two NHS trusts in London since this time, across mainstream primary and secondary schools, specialist units, early years settings, and community clinics with children and young people who stammer up to the age of 19 years. Katie’s special interest area is working with children and young people with Autism and those who stammer. She is particularly interested in the strong link between communication difficulties and the impact on social emotional mental health and is embarking on further studies in this area. Katie believes strongly in working in collaboration with parents, school and teachers to have the biggest impact for the child/young person.

Louise O’Rourke, BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Louise graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. She has experience in assessing and providing intervention to children across a variety of settings, including paediatric primary care, intellectual disability and early intervention. Louise's special interests include working with children with intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ashleigh Ibrahim, MSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • MSc (Hons) Language Pathology
  • BSc (Hons) Human Psychology
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (MASLTIP)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Ashleigh qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at Newcastle University in 2010. She has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in a number of different NHS organisations and private practices in the North East but predominantly London. Ashleigh has worked in a range of settings including community clinics, nurseries, mainstream primary and secondary schools and colleges. Ashleigh’s areas of specialism include mainstream SEN and hearing impairment. Ashleigh’s areas of interest include secondary-aged and post-16 mainstream SEN, youth offending and developmental language disorder.

Jo Plews-Mayall, BA (Hons), PGDip, MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Language
  • Postgraduate Diploma Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Jo qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from City University in 2010. Since then she has worked in a school in Hertfordshire with children and young people with a range of special educational needs including developmental language disorder, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Jo has experience of working collaboratively with education staff and specialist therapists to provide individualised support for children across the primary, secondary and sixth form setting. Jo is also Mum to Theo (November 2018).

Valerie McLean, BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Valerie qualified from City University, London in 2011. She has worked as a therapist for three London NHS Trusts and has experience working within children's centres, community clinics and mainstream primary and secondary schools. Prior to studying the profession, she worked for many years in a variety of NHS community service teams providing clinical and administrative support to health visiting, school nursing, district nursing and speech and language therapy teams.

Rebecca O’Malley, BA (Hons), MSc, IASLT, HCPC & CORU registered

Qualifications

  • BSc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and CORU (Ireland's multi-profession health regulator)
  • Registered with the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT)

Rebecca qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2016, and since then has gained experience working with children with speech, language and communication needs in both community clinics and school settings. Prior to joining West London Speech and Language Therapy, she worked in a specialist school with students aged 4-19 with Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities.

Daisy Woods, BA (Hons), MSc, MRCSLT, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) French & Linguistic Studies
  • MSc Language Pathology
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Daisy qualified as a speech and language therapist from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2016. She worked for 2 years in an NHS trust in West London, where she was based in primary schools, preschool settings and specialist units. Daisy then spent 2 years living in Vancouver, where she worked in a private clinic with a specialist interest in children 0-6 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and children of all ages with learning difficulties. Daisy has a particular interest in ASD and enjoys implementing alternative augmentative communication (AAC) systems to help children express their needs. Daisy values joined up working with teaching staff, health professionals and parents to support children of all ages to fulfil their potential.

Mar Newman, PGDip, MRCSLT, BA, MA, HCPC registered

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Speech & Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • BA in Mass Communications
  • Masters in International Relations
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Marjolein (Mar) graduated as a Speech & Language Therapist from City University, London. Mar has worked across a range of settings including primary and secondary schools, additionally resourced provisions, and in a specialist ASD school.

Mar has experience with a variety of therapeutic interventions, and in training teachers and teaching assistants on Speech Language and Communication Needs, and ensures work is appropriately differentiated for children in the classroom. She works closely with families and other professionals to meet each child/young person’s specific need(s) ensuring evidenced based practice.

Mar's specialist interests include developmental language disorder, social communication difficulties (including Autism), and working with teenagers.

Mar is bilingual, speaking English & Dutch. In her spare time, Mar enjoys yoga, swimming, running and spending time with her two boys (aged 10 & 15) & husband and friends.

Áine Gannon

Qualifications

  • Bsc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Áine qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2013 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She began her career in Singapore where she worked for a private clinic working with children across a variety of different settings, such as schools, in the community and in the clinic. She then worked in a tertiary hospital working with people with mental health difficulties, learning disabilities and challenging behaviours. Here, she earned her dysphagia competencies and further increased her skills in working with adults and children with communication difficulties. She worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team in problem solving functions of individuals’ behaviours and inputting communication intervention for those with communication difficulties.

Áine is passionate about working with individuals with communication and speech difficulties over a variety of settings. She enjoys seeing how increased communication skills can improve an individual’s ability to engage in everyday activities and improve their quality of life.

Caroline Milnes, Administrative Assistant

Caroline attended Herschel School for Girls in Cape Town, South Africa and matriculated in 1996.  She decided to do her gap year in the UK and whilst on her travels she met a lovely man who later became her husband.  She returned to South Africa to study Drama and Dance at the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town and after finishing her degree in 2001, she appeared in a number of local films and commercials.

Caroline has lived and worked in South Africa, Scotland, America and London. During this time she worked for FairLady Magazine, Edinburgh University, Aegon UK, Piazza Advertising, RPM and ChauhanStudio.

Caroline is mum to 2 children, Genevieve and Jack and their Labrador, Bo. She and her son did a year of Speech and Language Therapy in 2014.  Caroline is a Library Volunteer and a Support Reader at her children’s school and you can often see her running in Southfields and Acton Park with her hound.