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.
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.
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.
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.
BSc(Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC-Reg
Maliha has worked with Everybody Talks Ltd since 2016, after graduating from City, University of London with a degree in speech and language therapy. She currently manages the caseloads of 5 mainstream primary schools in London and has recently started taking on individual clients.
Maliha has developed a broad understanding of how to support children with a variety of speech, language and communication needs from the ages of 3-18.
Maliha has completed specialised training on supporting children with Down Syndrome.
Areas of particular interest for her are working with children with Down Syndrome and children with Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implants.
Her personal interests include calligraphy, and learning new languages (she already speaks 8!)
Maliha is currently studying for a Level 3 qualification in British Sign Language.
She is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
PGDip Speech and Language Therapy, MRCSLT, HCPC-Reg
Zoe graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City University in 2015. She joined Everybody Talks in September 2017 and currently works with children aged 3-11 years old across three mainstream primary schools; providing assessment, intervention and training to staff and parents.
Zoe has six years experience of working in the education sector, including primary, secondary and post 16 settings in a variety of roles, including teaching support and mentoring. During her clinical placements and since graduating, Zoe gained extensive experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings; including early years, mainstream schools, community clinics, and hospitals. Zoe has a special interest in speech sound delay and disorder.
She also has background training in Psychology and Mental Health, having obtained an MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Sussex.
Zoe has a passion for developing evidence based research and has recently worked as a Research Fellow and visiting lecturer alongside her role as a Speech and Language Therapist. She is trained in Foundation Makaton and BLAST (language intervention).
Aside from her specific professional interests, she loves cats and travelling.
Emily Harnett. Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology, Canterbury University, New Zealand; HCPC-Reg, MRCSLT.
While training for her qualification, Emily completed placements in various locations around New Zealand and an international placement in the UK working in a specialist school for children with special learning and communication needs.
After graduating Emily worked for the Ministry of Education New Zealand, supporting a range of children, young adults, families and schools. In this role Emily worked with children with a variety of communication needs and specialised in early-intervention. Emily moved to the UK in 2017.
Whilst here, Emily has worked in a variety of settings within the NHS, including specialist clinics for under 5’s, community paediatric clinics and mainstream schools.
Emily works with students, staff and families of schools Everybody Talks provides services to, to support their communication needs and training needs as well as taking on some private clients in South-West London.
Emily has a special interest in working with fluency, speech sounds and children with language delays and disorders.
Emily has undertaken post-graduate training in Makaton, the Lidcombe Programme for children who stutter (under 6 years old) and the Camperdown Programme for adolescents and adults who stutter. She also has specialist training for children with cleft-palate.