Bryony Longmaid


Hello, my name is Bryony.

I completed my Undergraduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy at City, University of London in 2016.

I started working at Words First in November 2016 as a Newly Qualified Therapist (NQT), and since then have had experience working across a range of settings, including mainstream primary and secondary, specialist provisions for children with autism, and at our Kids First clinic.

I am particularly interested in working with children in Early Years/Primary settings on their speech, language and communication, as I truly believe that early intervention is key. I love to welcome parents and teaching staff into my sessions, as progress is achieved much more quickly when they understand the child’s goals and how best to support them.

As part of my current role as Clinical Specialist for Speech Sound Disorders, I am able to support the whole team develop their understanding of this clinical area and offer joint assessments and case discussions. I am also part of the team which provides training on how to deliver our phonological awareness intervention programme Sound Smart.

Words First has provided me with such a fantastic opportunity to see each of my clients through their entire speech and language journey, from initial observation and assessment-planning, to delivering intervention, and then discharging them from the service. This has truly let me grow as a therapist and understand the importance of the SaLT’s role. As a creative person, I also enjoy having the time to plan my sessions and create individualised resources for my clients, while still having access to some of Words First’s amazing company resources.

Outside of work I enjoy drawing, painting and generally creating (whatever medium that might entail). I adore the countryside and take any chance I get to escape to London and return to my beautiful homeland of Wales. More recently I have embraced a love of running and, when a weekend out of London isn’t possible, I enjoy looking for new green spaces to run around in London (this is always followed by finding a new coffee shop and tasting a new type of pastry).