Founder & Consultant Speech & Language Therapist for SL Therapy London
S L Therapy London was founded by Sarah Lyons, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist. She set up her private practice in 2012 working with families, schools and nurseries to develop children’s communication skills.
Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds (2003-2006) and a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy from Birmingham City University (2007-2010)
Sarah has extensive paediatric therapeutic experience; working in a range of settings such as mainstream schools, special schools and early years settings, outreach (delivering therapy to young person's attending independent colleges in the North West London area) and managed a Hearing Impairment Service.
Sarah has worked as Head of Therapies for an independent school for students with complex communication needs, autism and challenging behaviour. She led a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists. She was responsible for service delivery development, devising policies and involved with strategic planning for the therapy service within the college. She also held a specialist caseload at the college working with students with complex communication needs and associated difficulties.
Sarah has specialist training in a range of approaches including Selective Mutism, Makaton, Picture Exchange System, Attention Autism, Social Skills Caroline Bowen Articulation Disorders and Lego Therapy.
She has extensive experience in providing assessment and advice as an Expert Witness and has postgraduate training from Bond Solon.
Sarah holds the position of Past Chair for the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).
Sarah is a Committee Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s Professional Policy and Practice Committee (RCSLT).
Sarah has also had the honour of :
Keynote Speaker, Journal of Health Visiting Study Day: Developmental milestones: what is the range of ‘normal’ and what is outside?
Interviewer for new cohort of therapy students at Birmingham City University
Book reviewer for the journal Child Language Teaching & Therapy (CLTT)
Published Author in the Journal of Health Visiting
Guest Speaker; Down’s Syndrome: Enhancing Communication and Learning in Secondary Education at Primary Care and Public Health conference
Committee Member for the RCSLT Bilingualism Specialist Interest Group (SIG)
Speech and Language Advisor to the Down’s syndrome Association