About Everybody Talks
Who are we?
After starting as a one person venture in 2013, Everybody Talks has now developed into a team of experienced Speech and Language Therapists, and as of September 2023, Occupational Therapists, dedicated to bringing best quality care to our clients. Our team of therapists meet the needs of our growing school services provision.
We may take on a small number of individual private clients in the London area, or via teletherapy, at any one time when our schedules permit.
How we started…
John Doleman (MSLTPrac, HCPC, CertMRCSLT, MASLTIP) established Everybody Talks Ltd after initially working in New Zealand and then within the NHS on arrival in the UK. 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 established Everybody Talks to meet the needs of these children, families and schools. Seeing the child in the context of their environment and engaging parents and school staff as much as possible remains a core value of the company’s approach to support.
Stretched public services remains a problem in 2023. In response to this we have added Occupational Therapy to our service offer as we recognised the need for this valuable allied health profession in the schools we support.
The company has grown steadily over the past ten years. Everybody Talks Ltd currently employs a team of 8 highly qualified and professional therapists who each support schools the company provides provision to.
As of 2023, Everybody Talks Ltd supports 17 primary, secondary and specialist schools across London and Kent, providing provisions ranging from one day per week to four days per week. We have provided one-off training days to many more.
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 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 occupational therapy and speech and language therapy provision 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, sensory and fine motor 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 Master of Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2008.
He was the Treasurer for the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP), the largest association of independent therapists in the UK between 2019 and 2021.
John moved to the United Kingdom with his wife in 2009. He worked across a number of boroughs within the NHS, before establishing Everybody Talks Ltd in 2013.
Since graduating he has built up a wealth of experience, working in specialist educational and mainstream settings and specialist clinics. He was an associate with Somek & Associates between 2018 – 2021, acting as an expert witness for complex medico-legal cases.
John has continued extensive professional development throughout his career. At the end of 2019 he completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychology. He is trained in delivery the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and the FEAS (Functional Emotional Assessment Scale) as well as being highly experienced in administering and interpreting a range of formal speech, language and auditory processing assessments.
John has a special interest in stuttering and speech disorders. He is currently back in New Zealand working in New Zealand’s only specialist stuttering organisation (while managing Everybody Talks Ltd from afar for 9 months of every year). He is trained, and experienced, in a number of programmes and approaches for helping stutterers of all ages and continues to support stuttering clients in the UK via teletherapy when his schedule permits.
John is a vocal advocate for all children and young people receiving the support they need and works closely with the schools the company partners with to enable this to happen.
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 in south-east London as well as managing the bulk of supervision for the company’s other therapists.
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 has just completed his training in psychotherapy.
In his free time, he enjoys singing with a community choir, walking, swimming and spending time with his wife and 2 children.