Maria Cameron - Steps2Speech
Steps2Speech, is an independent Speech and Language Therapy Practice set up by Maria Cameron to provide quality speech and language therapy to families and schools. When working with preschool children, it is Maria's aim to coach the family so that they leave each session feeling confident to use their new skills in everyday life with their child. Maria's areas of expertise cover hearing impairment, speech and language delay, Specific language impairment, dyspraxia, ASD, global developmental delay.
Maria provides independent assessments for SEND tribunals and Medico-Legal claims in the field of hearing impairment. She will also attend SEND tribunals as an expert witness.
Training for schools can be tailored to suit the particular need of the school.
Training, qualifications & experience
MRCSLT (member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)
ASLTIP (Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice)
Member of BATOD (British Association of Teachers of the Deaf.
Steps 2 Speech Ltd 2011-present
I have worked with children using cochlear implants for over 20 years, including those implanted under 2 years of age, those implanted late (over 4) and as teenagers. I have developed a specialism in assessing and working with children with cochlear implants and hearing aids who are not making the anticipated progress through the use of either one or two cochlear implants. I am training as an Auditory Verbal Therapist. I have worked with adults, both deafened and born deaf who have had cochlear implants later in life and have different requirements with regards to learning to use the device to its potential
Coordinator- Sound AdviceThe Ear Foundation Nottingham 1 day/week 2008 to date Responsibilities:
to co-ordinate a multi disciplinary team including Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy and Teacher of the Deaf to provide independent assessments for children with hearing impairment. My role is to provide independent advice through the assessment process as to how the child’s speech and language levels fit in with the length of time they have used a cochlear implant / hearing aids taking into account findings from the Educational Psychologist and Teacher of the Deaf. It is my role to write the report summary and recommendation
Head of Professional Development: St John’s School for the Deaf 2007-2011
Burwood Centre Assessment Centre 2005 - 2008
The Burwood Centre employed me as an Independent Speech and Language Therapy assessor on a session basis when required. I assessed children using a variety of hearing technologies including cochlear implants, hearing aids and BAHAs
Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service 1999 – 2000
To work with Adults both deafened and with acquired deafness on rehabilitation programmes. I provided therapy based on developing listening skills using a cochlear implant to aid the adult reach their listening potential.
Head of Speech and Language Therapy: St John’s School for the Deaf 1993 - 2011
Teacher of the Deaf : St John’s School for the Deaf 1978 - 1984
Newcastle University BSc (Speech) 1974 -1977
Manchester University PGCE 1977 - 1978
Manchester University Postgraduate Diploma in Education of the Deaf 1977 - 1978
Recent Continued Professional Development 2011-2015
The Ear Foundation: 7 State of the Art Conferences: These present the latest research on cochlear implant use / devices / surgery techniques / international perspectives,
The Ear Foundation: Auditory Neuropathy / Dysynchrony: 1 day
The Ear Foundation: Counselling Skills: introductory course: 1 day
The Ear Foundation: FM systems: with hearing aids and cochlear implants
Auditory Verbal Therapy on going training 2013 - 2016
Auditory Verbal Therapy 6 month course
TEACCH (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) 3 day course
Multi Sensory Impairment: 2 days
Phonological Disorders: 1 day
Speech Sound Disorders (Caroline Bowen) 2 days
SENDIST 1999 to date
I have provided both Speech and Language Therapy and Teacher of the Deaf Assessments as well as attending hearings as an expert witness.
I have provided training to a range of Distance Learning Courses on Speech and Language Development, phonetics, transcription, acoustic phonetics and assessments through BATOD (British Assoc. of Teachers of the Deaf) Moray HouseUniversity of Manchester as well as:
Oxford Brookes: Teacher of the Deaf and MSc. Audiology 1996 -2008 Birmingham University 2005 to date
I have provided training to professionals in mainstream schools working with children with a broad range of special educational needs as well as to parents and carers; at National Conferences, regional meetings and at school level to professionals within the field of deafness
Through The Ear Foundation – to a wide range of professionals2008- present
Local Professionals – teachers & TA’s through Specialist School Status 2005-2011
BATOD National Meeting: Teenage Emotional / Social Language 2010
CICS (Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support): Developing higher language skills 2015
Other available therapies
Teacher of the Deaf
Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org of phone 07791 164588 for a talk to discuss how I can help and what it would cost.
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