I am a British trained Speech and Language Therapist with a passion for working with children, their families and schools. I have ten years experience of working in the field but I still find my job as stimulating and enjoyable as I did when I first began practising.
I graduated in 2007 from the University of Reading with a First Class pass and clinical distinction. During my studies I completed numerous placements working alongside NHS therapists throughout Oxfordshire and Berkshire. These placements gave me a great foundation on which I have continued to develop my skills and extend my knowledge base.
I then moved to South Africa with my husband where I worked for a private therapy practice for just over four years before setting up my own independent practice in 2012. During this time I worked with children from the age of 2 up to the age of 17 and provided comprehensive speech-language assessments, one-to-one therapy sessions, regular feedback and support for parents and ongoing liaison with class teachers and teaching staff. I had a varied caseload, however the majority of my work was for speech and language delays, weak auditory processing and listening skills and spelling difficulties.
I am constantly improving my therapy and adding to my skill set and knowledge base and do this by attending relevant courses, participating in professional meetings and completing journal readings. I have attended the “Everyone can learn” course which focussed on teaching strategies to assist children with language and learning tasks, with a particular emphasis on spelling development. I have additionally attended courses for Auditory processing disorders and bilingualism, and was a delegate at the 2008 Ear Nose and Throat Conference.
My husband and I have now moved back to the UK and I have set up my independent practice in Oxfordshire. I am currently working in one local school and am delighted to again be doing what I love - helping children to learn and grow in language competence and confidence while they overcome their speech-language and auditory difficulties.
I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Association for Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). I have enhanced DBS cover and have received safeguarding and Prevent training.
If your child is experiencing difficulty communicating with those around them, or is struggling in the classroom, they may benefit from Speech and Language intervention. Speech and Language Therapy helps children to develop numerous skills and can address a variety of concerns that may have been identified by parents and/or teachers. These include:
Difficulty communicating with adults and peers
Difficulty producing certain sounds when speaking
Difficulty with understanding what is being said
Problems with following verbal instructions
Reduced listening and attention skills
Struggling with taking turns and understanding social interaction rules
Slow progress being made in school, particularly with regards to phonics and early literacy skills
Struggling to learn new words and to combine words to form sentences
Difficulty remembering words, concepts or what has been said
If you have any concerns about your child’s talking, understanding or use of language please feel free to get in touch with me. I will gladly provide advice and offer practical suggestions to implement at home, and discuss whether or not Speech and Language Therapy is advisable.
Parents are a vital part of the therapy process and are the best at recognising the early signs that their children are experiencing difficulties. Early referral allows therapy to address and resolve problems as quickly as possible. It minimises the likelihood that children develop anxiety and suffer reduced confidence and self esteem as a result of longstanding difficulties which have gone untreated. Addressing speech-language delays as soon as they are identified tends to maximise the progress made in therapy.
An initial assessment lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. During this appointment I would take a detailed case history to get an overall picture of your child and determine any background information which is vital to understanding the current areas of concern. Questions asked would include the ages at which your child reached various developmental milestones, any previous history of ear infections or hearing difficulties, the concerns you have regarding your child’s speech and language development, any issues or relevant information that has been given to you by the school, whether or not anyone else in the family has suffered similar speech-language difficulties and various questions about your child’s hobbies, likes and dislikes. This allows me to put everything in context and obtain a ‘global’ picture of your child. It will also ensure that any therapy offered is tailored to your child’s interests to achieve maximum therapy effectiveness.
Assessments are carried out at home or in nursery or school to allow children to be tested in an environment in which they feel relaxed and comfortable.
I use a range of formal assessments that will allow me to evaluate your child’s listening and auditory skills, speech sound inventory and language performance. For older children I may ask them to write a short paragraph to have a small sample of their spelling skills and written language competency. During these assessments, children may be required to point to pictures, name items, follow instructions or copy sounds provided by myself. The assessments have been normed on a large population so this allows me to compare your child’s performance to other children of the same age. This then provides the baseline on which therapy lessons will be planned, if it is deemed necessary.
I intersperse formal assessment with informal play testing to ensure that fluctuating levels of attention and fatigue does not impact on your child’s performance. This ensures that the scores obtained is fully representative of your child’s true level of functioning.
Following the completion of the initial assessment, a formal report will be provided and feedback will be given to parents. During this feedback discussion I will go through the results and assessment findings and together an appropriate plan will be agreed. This would typically be weekly therapy but could be lessons once a fortnight, less frequent visits to monitor progress, an individual programme which is provided to follow at home or in school/nursery or follow up conversations via phone or email.
If therapy is recommended this can be provided at school or nursery, or in the comfort of your own home. Therapy aims will be taken directly from the findings of the initial assessment and the activities planned to target these will be linked to your child’s interests to ensure that therapy is a fun, motivating and stimulating process. It has always been my belief that children learn best when they are engaged and having the maximum amount of fun so I incorporate reward games, adventure books and your child’s favourite sport team or cartoon character wherever I can to ensure that children learn happily and look forward to their next lesson.
Therapy is generally offered on a once-weekly basis but it is possible to offer lessons on a more or less frequent basis, to suit each family’s needs. The comprehensive assessment report will have outlined the skills needing to be addressed during lessons and these will be regularly discussed and updated as therapy progresses. Where therapy has been, or is being, provided by an NHS therapist I will do my best to keep in regular contact with them to ensure that the therapy we are each providing is complementary. Additionally I am happy to provide interim therapy while you wait for your child to receive input on the NHS, and will ensure a detailed handover takes place to ensure a smooth transition between therapists.
Sometimes weekly therapy may not be deemed the best way forward. In these instances a home programme may be offered to implement at home and in the nursery/ at school. This programme would include activities and worksheets that would address and develop the areas of weakness identified during the initial assessment.
Comprehensive reports will be provided and copies can be distributed at parents’ request. I provide a detailed report after the initial assessment and reassess annually. Annual reassessment allows progress to be measured and ensures that updated therapy aims target what needs to be targetted. It is useful to have detailed professional reports to keep all members of the therapy aim informed and to allow efficient information sharing between all relevant professionals.
I am committed to working closely with families as I feel therapy works best when it is targeted to meet each child’s specific needs and is incorporated into daily life. Parents are invited to be an active part of the therapy process and I always offer advice and suggest activities which can be completed at home to continue to practise the skills being targeted during lessons. Parents are, after all, experts in what their children can and can't do and can provide vital details on what happens on a regular day at home.
I feel it is invaluable to work with parents to develop communication strategies as this greatly facilitates the overall progress a child makes in therapy and also ensures that gains made are directly transferred to everyday life.
Jayne has a wonderful rapport with both parents and children and her delightfully warm and encouraging manner enables children to succeed and blossom with her guidance. Deni (Headteacher)
Jayne worked with our students ranging between the ages of 3 years and 16 years. Her relationship with the school teachers and therapists, her colleagues, was supportive, encouraging and informative. She was prepared to go out of her way and meet after hours to be part of a team of professionals, to discuss the way forward for a specific student in question. She gave guidance and additional advice to assist us all, in helping the student get the best treatment possible. Her punctuality and professionalism was respected by all who worked with her. She also has a very good mannerism and relationship with all her students; kind, firm and understanding. Claudia (SENCO)
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Jayne Ramsay-Boyd. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jayne over several years as she provided both my children from an early age with regular speech and language therapy. I can honestly say that I hold her in the highest esteem both personally and professionally. Jayne demonstrates an exceptional ability to understand and apply skills necessary for working with children. She also demonstrates the compassion necessary for both teaching and for relating to parents. My children loved attending their weekly sessions with Jayne and developed a wonderful bond with her whilst overcoming their speech obstacles. In the several years that I have known Jayne, I have found her to be a polite, responsible, sincere and very knowledgeable in her field. I wish Jayne all the best in her future career. Gill (Parent)
Full assessment including a detailed report - £140
A full assessment lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes case history taking and both formal assessment and informal play testing. A comprehensive report will then be provided which will detail your child’s performance on all subtests and list all recommendations. Feedback will be given to parents either in person, on the phone or via email and a therapy plan will be suggested and agreed upon thereafter.
Detailed reports - £45
Annual reassessment reports and detailed reports can be provided for medical consultations or following requests from school. These are not essential and would only be completed if requested by, or following permission given by, parents.
Therapy sessions - £65 per session
Therapy sessions are one hour in duration and include targeted 1:1 intervention with your child and liason/feedback/discussion with parents and/or education staff. Home activities will be provided as part of the cost for therapy.
Attendance at meetings - £65 per hour
Home programmes - £30
These will include all resources and instructions to carry out a programme at home and is for children who require speech-language review appointments. This charge does not apply for children receiving weekly/ regular speech-language intervention; home activities will be provided at no extra charge as this forms part of the charges for therapy.
Travel costs - 45p/mile for appointments more than 5 miles from Littleworth, SN7 8ED