Someone once said, ‘all good things take time to grow’; welcome to Speakaboo®!
We came to be after many years of work and thought. Carolyn, Aine and Alys started working together in 2015; during the day they worked face to face with children and parents, and at the weekends (and at night and during holidays!) they were busy plotting how to deliver quality speech and language therapy to more and more children.
Their goals were, and are, to make therapy accessible and affordable to all. Slowly developing their knowledge and experience in telehealth, they put their skills together and started delivering online therapy in order to reach more children.
From this passion and commitment, Speakaboo® was born!
Speakaboo® provides fun, engaging, effective and evidence-based therapy and aims to support a wide range of communication skills. We want to get rid of waiting lists, make therapy accessible to all and provide immediate access to resources.
We are a down to earth bunch and keen to help. No matter what your questions or concerns are, we would love to hear from you!
Carolyn graduated from the University for Strathclyde in Scotland with a BA (Hons) in Speech and Language Pathology in 2009. Since then she has amassed nearly a decade of experience working privately in Asia, Europe and the UK.
She has experience of working with a wide range of children’s communication disorders and currently specialises in hearing impairment. She is trained in British Sign Language and works with children from the early years up to high school age within the clinic and school setting.
When she is not working, she is normally playing with or organising her two lively girls. Her days mostly consist of being jumped on, tickled, screamed at and cuddled. Not to mention, calming tantrums, kissing scrapes and scratches and reading bedtime stories.
During her time in Asia, she also worked as a technology journalist, reporting on new communication technologies. Carolyn is driven by the goal of making quality speech and language therapy accessible to all and views advancements in technology as an exciting step towards this.
Aine has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist since graduating from Ulster University in 2013. She has worked with young children and their families in early years services for the NHS and specialises in developmental language disorder. She is passionate about supporting parents to help develop their child’s language and communication skills.
Aine has a Master of Science in business development and innovation. She has carried out research into using new technologies in healthcare and the benefits of online speech and language therapy. She is excited to see what will happen next in the world of technology and how it can be used to equip parents with the digital tools and information they need to help their children.
When she is not working, she spends most of her time at soft play or reading stories with her 1 year old son (or cleaning up after him!) Aine loves reading and enjoys having an excuse to work her way through all the children's classics.
Alys qualified as an SLT in 2010, and has spent 10 happy but busy years in the NHS working in early years services and mainstream Primary and Secondary schools. This has included work in specialist provisions for children with autistic spectrum conditions and speech, language and communication needs. Alys has been working in independent practice using Telehealth for the past three years, loving the opportunity this offers for more intensive direct therapy work with children and their families.
Alys has led the use of technology within her NHS trusts and independent practice, evaluating the use of Skype Speech and Language Therapy (published in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Bulletin) and producing the RCSLT guidance into the use of Communications Technology.
Alys has presented on her telehealth work at local and national conferences, including the National RCSLT Technology Study Day, “Evidence Live” at the University of Oxford, and at the Down Syndrome Education International Research Forum. Alys has also advised on and produced Speech and Language Therapy resources for the BBC and Pearson. When not busy with all that work, Alys loves tap dancing, spending time by the sea, and her husband and two cats!