Therapy and Nurture Team
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
- B Com. Path. (Hon)
- BA Psych (Hon)
Lianne is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and Audiologist with 23 years’ experience working in primary and secondary mainstream, and specialist schools and the NHS.
Helping people is her passion. Placing the young person at the centre and making their experience as worthwhile as possible is particularly important to her.
Lianne is interested in providing quality evidence-based intervention to support students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, developmental coordination disorder, pragmatic language impairment and specific language impairment.
Lianne is a mother of two energetic boys and she adores cats. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing the best waves.
Holder of a BSc. Hons in Occupational Therapy, Karen has previous experience of working in a specialist setting.
Colleagues comment positively on her ability to build therapeutic working relationships with students, vital in gaining trust and allowing OT interventions to support young people.
Karen’s calm, reassuring nature enables a positive rapport with both students and staff alike. She is skilled at observation and assessment in order to plan personalised programmes and targets effectively.
Karen has a close family who have a number of interests. She is proud of achieving her wood beads (highest accreditation) within the scouting movement and hopes to return to voluntary work within the organisation as time allows.
Hannah gained a BSc Occupational Therapy with Honours at University.
As well as her experience within the field of Occupational Therapy Hannah has also worked with children of varying needs and abilities through voluntary work with both St John Ambulance and GirlGuiding over a number of years. Within this she was often required to use observational skills to identify where student challenges were, excellent communication skills to encourage students to interact and give tasks a try and also grading in order to suit activities to different abilities.
- BA (hons) English Literature
- EYP cert (open university)
- Higher Education Certificate in Psychology
- ELSA accreditation
Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in education settings working with children ranging from early years to teenage and has a wealth of experience working collaboratively with children and families.
Michelle is an experienced Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and gained her ELSA accreditation in 2018 and attends regular training sessions. Michelle is also trained in a range of literacy and speech and language interventions. Michelle recently gained her HE cert in Psychology and is on the pathway to a degree in Psychology with counselling. Michelle also has lifelong personal experience of SEN and additional needs.
Michelle believes that empathy, fun and a sense of humour, within a nurturing environment like we have at Abbot's Way are the key to children thriving.
At home Michelle has a very bouncy cockapoo and two house rabbits. She loves walking and yoga and meditation to stay physically and mentally healthy. Michelle loves live music and festivals with friends and family.
Nicky AkA -Nick Nack - was developed and named by Spirit class over the past two years of working at Abbot’s Way.
Nicky feels she has been very lucky to have found Abbot’s Way following an extensive variety of learning environments in her professional career and personal family life.
Nicky began her career working within a deaf school moving to a specialist provision for Deaf and Blind children and young adults.
Prior to starting her own family Nicky opened her home and family life as a foster carer in Somerset.
She feels privileged to have learnt from these children’s life experiences.
Nicky has been a Thrive practitioner for the past four years. The Thrive approach compliments the underpinning values of Abbots Way, Explore , Discover and Thrive.
It is a whole school approach which Nicky aims to develop and looks forward to delivering to students and their families.
Nicky embraces the unique learning environment that Abbots Way provides and strives to accept each individual's perspective and support progressive enjoyable challenges to enable every potential stretching and challenging the boundaries through playful co-adventures.