Maria Cameron - Steps2Speech

Maria Cameron - Steps2Speech

West Yorkshire

07791 164588

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About me

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

HCPC Registered.
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

Education (Professional)

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.

Training Provider

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Therapies offered

        Other available therapies

        Teacher of the Deaf


        Contact me on of phone 07791 164588 for a talk to discuss how I can help and what it would cost.

        Important information

        If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.

        Maps & Directions

        Wetherby, LS23

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Unspecified