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Laura Kilgannon

BSc Hons, MRCSLT, HCPCreg
Director of Language Box Therapy

I am passionate about delivering training and raising awareness around Speech, Language and communication difficulties and am a fully certified Elklan Trainer.

Hi, I’m Laura Kilgannon, Director of Language box Therapy. I am a fully qualified Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and member of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council. I studied Speech Pathology and Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I have worked in a number of NHS trusts in the North West in community-based roles. This has involved working at a complex special needs Nursery and Primary School, mainstream settings, client’s homes, clinics, Secondary schools and alternative education provisions. Whilst working and living in New York in 2014 I worked at a Specialist School setting for children and young people with a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or language based difficulties. I have since been back to volunteer at the School in 2017.

Through my work in such provisions and during my time in America I have developed a specialist interest in supporting this age group and have managed and provided support for a complex caseload within a Youth Offending Service. I have formed part of the assessment and diagnostic team for the Neurodevelopmental Autism pathway.

I have accessed post-graduate training in the following:

  • Social Communication

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Makaton

  • ELKLAN

  • Selective Mutism

  • Lidcombe Therapy for Stammering

  • Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

  • Barnardo’s real love rocks and specialist safeguarding training.

  • Early childhood Trauma

  • Attention Autism

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Emma Knowles

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Hello, my name is Jenny, I’m a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant here at Language Box. I studied a degree in English Language and Linguistics and had a particular interest in language acquisition and speech sounds of English. I have since been working within the NHS and really enjoy being part of a wide network of people striving to deliver excellent care across the system.

Something that I love about Speech and Language Therapy is the diverse nature means it’s extremely interesting, there’s always something new to learn and the activities allow for fun whilst working together. I enjoy working with clients and families towards a shared goal, that enables them to break down barriers to communication and lead to significant improvements for them and their lives.

Jennifer Vose

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Hi, I’m Emma, a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant at Language Box. I am a graduate in BA English Language and Linguistics from the University of Leeds. I have lots of experience working within school environments, both primary and secondary. I have worked in a primary school setting supporting children who have various special educational needs.

I love supporting children who are accessing speech and language therapy programmes, seeing their confidence flourish as their skills progress. Whilst working with secondary aged pupils, I’ve supported their literacy and reading skills, as well as working with bilingual pupils. Additionally, I volunteer with a charity aimed at restoring speech. I work with adults who may have aphasia as a result of a stroke or head injury. I run sessions with computer therapy programmes, focused on helping individuals to regaining their speech, language and confidence.

Through both my work and voluntary experience, I’ve developed a keen interest and passion for speech therapy. I am motivated to support young people in reaching their potential, as well as supporting their individual needs to help them succeed in all aspects of life.


I am currently in the process of completing my Masters Degree to become a fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

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Hello, I’m Lynda, a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant here at Language Box. I have a degree in English with Psychology and have always been interested in linguistics and language development. I worked for 12 years as a primary school teacher and now use my skills, knowledge and experience to support the children, families, and schools that we work with.

Something I have a keen interest and breadth of experience in providing phonological activities to children through my work in schools, early years settings and in my role as a one-to-one private tutor. I love watching those lightbulb moments, as they gain more and more confidence after each session.

I always aim to make my sessions fun by providing creative, practical and engaging activities! I have additional training in Makaton, which is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs & speech to support communication skills, and use this regularly in Speech and Language Therapy sessions.

Lynda Burrows

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Hello, I'm Becca. I'm really excited to have joined the team at Language Box. I have a degree in Psychology and Counselling and have always had a great interest in Child Development. I have worked as a primary school teacher for the last 5 years and within school and nursery settings for over 10 years. I now use my skills, knowledge, and varied experience to provide a high level of support to the children and schools that we work with.

I have a range of additional training including but not limited to: Sapere Level 1 in Philosophy for Children, Read Write Inc Phonics intervention, Talk for Writing Key Stage One, Promoting emotional regulation in autistic children and understanding anxiety.

 

I love speech and language therapy as this allows for interesting, fun, and engaging sessions, with the children at the heart of everything that we do. I am always excited to see the progression and development that the children make during their SLT journey!

Rebecca Birds

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

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