Speech and Language Therapist

Ms Jill Neame

Jill Neame, Speech and Language Therapist

Jillian Neame is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. She qualified in 1979 and has worked in both the adult and paediatric fields, within the NHS and with Private Providers, focusing solely on paediatrics in 1997. In 1999 she worked in a specialist resource base for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and to support her learning in the field, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education: Autism (Children) in 2003, from the University of Birmingham. Alongside her NHS work, she worked for fifteen years in a private residential specialist provision for boys experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She formed part of a multi disciplinary team, who worked together to set up training sessions for staff working with the boys, looking at speech, language and communication, learning styles, attachment and executive functioning. She trained in delivering Elklan's training package for 'Supporting Communication in Young People 11-16yrs' and was able to successfully run a certified course for teaching assistants, alongside the SENCO for the school.

In 2004, she moved jobs and worked with Sure Start, supporting families and nursery provision across the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area and facilitated Early Years providers to achieve ICAN accreditation. She was lucky enough to gain some training in attachment and trauma and also the Solihull approach to supporting families.

In 2009 she moved back to NHS Cumbria, specialising once again in supporting families whose children were experiencing Autism and also worked as a member of the two Multiagency Assessment Teams in South Cumbria, exploring potential diagnoses. She achieved an Advanced Certificate in Professional Supervision from Lancaster University in 2011 and in 2014, as part of a maternity cover, she was Assistant Integrated Team Manager for the Physical Health Team for 8 months.

She also worked for a private residential school for boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder, where she had the opportunity to work closely with a Specialist Occupational Therapist. She trained in and delivered Earlybird and also Hanen workshops (www.hanen.org) for parents and Early Years Providers, facilitating awareness of, and skills in, supporting communication in children from Early Years to Teenagers.

In June 2017 she retired from the NHS and is now keen to help work in a more holistic fashion with families, using the knowledge and skill acquired over the years.

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