"I strive to provide a client-centred approach that makes a real difference in a person's everyday communication or swallowing abilities. I take the time to know a person and work collaboratively with family, significant others and healthcare/medical support. I pride myself on being approachable, empathetic and knowledgeable. I do not believe in a 'one box fits all' approach to disorders or communication needs."
Eleanor graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist/Pathologist & Audiologist in 1999 and received a postgraduate merit award for further studies in the field. She went on to gain an MA in Speech and Language Pathology in 2003 and an MSc in Forensic Science (2010). Eleanor has over 18 years' experience with adult and paediatric clients, both in the UK and abroad. She has worked extensively in London and the South of England, including contract posts with St. George's Hospital, University Hospital Southampton, Barts & The London, Frimley Park Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Brain Injury Foundation, Poole Hospital, Dorset County Hospital and Lymington Hospital. Eleanor has also provided training and support to newly qualified SLTs and other professionals, in a wide variety of settings. She has worked as a clinical tutor for speech, language and audiology students at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
As part of her postgraduate studies, Eleanor has conducted research projects into Locked-In Syndrome, saliva, and the effects of middle ear barotrauma, respectively.
Eleanor has also worked as a clinical research associate on various drug trials, including HIV-related illnesses, in Africa.
New Forest SLT was established in March 2014, due to a lack of sufficient private speech therapy services for adults in the New Forest and surrounds. Over the last three years, Eleanor has provided assessment and therapy to a diversity of adult clients. She has also provided training to GPs, care homes and various charities.
Eleanor has a keen interest in medico legal work and has completed training with Bond Solon (Excellence in Report Writing). She also underwent training as an expert witness for part of her MSc (Forensic Science). Eleanor is a member of the medico-legal clinical excellence network for SLTs.
Areas of specialty within the field of adult neurology, include:
- Aphasia, including Primary Progressive variant.
- Parkinson's disease and other progressive neurological disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease etc)
- Acquired brain injury
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)
- Medico Legal cases
- Training of relevant professionals (GPs, Nursing and Care staff etc)
- Articulation disorders - assessment & therapy
- Phonological disorders - assessment & therapy
- Language Assessment
Eleanor is also a certified LSVT-Loud clinician (intensive voice & speech therapy programme for Parkinson's and other related diseases). Please refer to the LSVT-Loud page on this website, for further information.
In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys reading, travel, mastering paddle-boarding and the odd scuba dive. She considers herself extremely lucky to be living in the New Forest with its incredible landscapes and wildlife.
Feel free to contact Eleanor regarding any queries or concerns you have.