julie roach and helping a childAbout mecharacter

Hi, I'm Julie. So you want to know a little about me of course. Well, I decided that Sophie (aged 7 at time of writing) described me best and I thought I'd share her version with you.

Sophie says you should know that I am:

  • Fun, funny, smiley and always laughing
  • Loving and quiet; yet chatty and accessible
  • Peaceful, confident and helpful
  • Sensible and daft
  • Good at playing board games, playmobil, simon says etc

and that I:

  • Use lots of expression when I am reading aloud or explaining rules for games
  • Take her to Sunday school where she enjoys a time of fun, games and learning with her friends
  • Teach children all sorts of interesting things    

Likes: Classical music, crafting, cooking

Dislikes: The weather being too hot or too cold

Best Thing Ever: Being old enough to know I never need to grow up (although I pretend at times).


How I work

I work in a holistic way, following the child's lead wherever possible. I find that I draw not only on my ten years experience in the NHS and my experience as a nursery nurse, but also as a Sunday school teacher for 29 years.

Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to see the impact that having special needs (a child who needs specialist help to meet their additional learning, communication and welfare needs) has on a child and his family.

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A very close friend of mine has a ten year old son (2012) with Global Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Difficulties and Autism. Additionally, he has only recently been diagnosed with Childhood Absence Epilepsy. I have found it beneficial over the last two years to accompany the family to meetings with doctors, teachers and other health professionals. This has given me fresh insight from a family perspective.

My Training & Background

After qualifying as a speech therapist, I worked for the NHS in Bedworth and Nuneaton, Warwickshire. During this time I continued to develop my professional skills and knowledge, as do all speech therapists registered with the RCSLT (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists) and the HCPC (Health and Care  Professions Council). Some of these skills are reflected in the options for speech therapy that I offer.

Speech Therapy Qualification

I qualified in 2002 from De Montfort University, Leicester by obtaining a BSc(Hons) Human Communication (Speech and Language Therapy). For more information on how to become a speech therapist, please go to the Links Page and look for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists link. Their website has information relevant to becoming a Speech Therapist.

Hands On

Prior to becoming a speech therapist I worked as a Nursery Nurse in a school for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) at a Special School in Birmingham. The experiences I had over a 4 year period with children who had profound, severe and moderate learning difficulties inspired me to train as a speech therapist and is still reflected in my style of working.

In the begining

I completed my Nursery Nurse training (NNEB), the qualification for childcare providers prior to the BTEC and NVQ Childcare courses in 1990, having previously worked on a Government Training Scheme for a year providing Creche, Playgroup, and Childcare for GP baby clinics and helping to organise a summer playscheme.


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