About Everybody Talks

Who are we?

Everybody Talks is a team of experienced Speech and Language Therapists dedicated to bringing best quality care to our clients. Our team of therapists meet the needs of our growing School Services Provision.

We take on a small number of individual private clients in the South West London area at any one time when our schedules permit.

How we started…

Prior to establishing Everybody Talks John Doleman (MSLTPrac, HCPC, CertMRCSLT, MASLTIP) worked within the NHS. He spent a number of years working in different PCTs and Trusts across the country, and noticed the same thing over and over again: a growing need for Speech and Language Therapy and stretched public services, often unable to provide timely and consistent support to families and schools.

Families were eager to have their children supported more quickly; schools were looking for additional support and advice for their students and staff.

John set up Everybody Talks to meet the needs of these children, families and schools. Seeing the child in the context of their environment and engaging parents as much as possible remains a key feature of how we work.

The company has steadily grown over the past five years, providing services or training to over 30 schools. We now have four therapists to help cover the schools that work with us.

Currently we support 11 schools in London and 6 in Kent, providing provisions ranging from one day per fortnight to 3 days per week.

Why us?

We place a strong emphasis on tailoring our services to meet our clients’ needs, recognising that no two clients are the same. We see the client and their family at the centre of any therapy plan; recognising the expertise that family and people who know a child well bring to any effective Therapy partnership.

We are continually looking to developments within the Speech and Language research community to enhance the services we offer, and we are committed to keeping up with these developments through regular training.

When working with schools we have developed an evidence based, tried and tested model of Speech and Language Therapy that covers the needs of staff,  the whole school environment/ population as well as the more specific needs of  children with identified Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties.

We pride ourselves on being adaptable and responsive to an individual setting’s needs.

Safety of our clients is of utmost importance. All our therapists maintain annual criminal records checks and attend Safeguarding Training; we have a Safeguarding Policy in place and work closely with our school clients in obtaining and following the procedures of their Safeguarding Policies.

Our Team

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John Doleman

MSLTPrac (Hons), HCPC-Reg, MRCSLT, ASLTIP

John completed his first degree in Linguistics before studying for his Master of Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

After graduating John worked in a specialist setting supporting a range of children and young adults (3-18 years old) with different communication needs. John moved to the United Kingdom with his wife in 2009, initially working across a number of boroughs within the NHS, before establishing Everybody Talks Ltd in 2013.

In the UK John has worked in a variety of settings, including Specialist Clinics for under 5’s, Community Paediatric Clinics, multi-disciplinary Autism diagnosis teams and Mainstream Schools. He has extensive experience of designing speech and language provision for mainstream primary schools.

John has continued extensive professional development since qualifying. He is trained in delivery the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), the Lidcombe programme for early stuttering, the Camperdown programme for adolescent and adult stuttering, the Swindon Fluency Packs, the Floortime model, Lego-Based Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy amongst others.

John believes all children with different levels of need deserve support and he champions this in the school settings he works in. He is an accredited trainer in ICAN’s Talk Boost, Primary Talk and Early Talk initiatives. He is an accredited trainer in the BLAST programme. He is currently working on developing a programme designed to support attention skills in children which underlie and support language development; with the help of Zoe Ambrose he has been gathering evidence for the efficacy of this programme over the past year; initial results of the programme have been very promising.

Never one to rest on his laurels, John has recently begun specialising in medico-legal work, working as an associate for Somek & Associates and he is now also studying for a Master of Psychology.

John lives with his wife and daughter in South London.

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Anthony Caldwell

PGDip Speech and Language Therapy. MRCSLT, HCPC-Reg, ASLTIP.

Anthony graduated from London City University in 2001 with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy. He started his career in the NHS as an adult and paediatric therapist and worked in this split role for a few years before becoming a full-time paediatric therapist, specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Anthony worked for the NHS in Kent for 12 years before working for the local education authority in Southwark for 3 years, specialising in young people and adolescents with learning difficulties.

Over his career, he has been privileged to work with adults, adolescents and children with a range of speech and language difficulties in a range of settings including community clinic, an Autism Diagnostic Clinic, hospitals, mainstream nursery, mainstream primary schools, primary and secondary special schools and specialist resource bases for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Language Disorder.

Anthony joined the team at Everybody Talks in 2016 where his role includes working at a Secondary Special School and mainstream primary schools in the south east of London.

Anthony is trained in PECS, TEACCH, Verve ACI, Lis’n’Tell Interactive Storytelling, ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) Makaton and the Lidcombe Programme.

Anthony also has a keen interest in the psychological aspects associated with communication and interaction difficulties and is currently training to be a psychotherapist.

In his free time he enjoy singing with a community choir, walking, swimming and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

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