Hi, my name is Emma and I have worked for the company for 8 years as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant (SaLTA) and Practice Manager at the Kids First Clinic. I am excited to progress into my hybrid new role as Words First PR Officer and SaLTA, as I can bring all my skills and experience together and be part of the company’s continual growth.
My most valuable experience, and a unique qualification for my role, has come from having 3 children; the eldest of whom has global developmental delay and a severe speech disorder. This led me to develop an interest in speech and language and early years play, and soon after his birth I began to work for the Portage Play Scheme, a role which was a big influence and support to me. I have 3 levels, NVQ 1 and 2 in Early Years and Makaton levels 1–4 and spent a number of years in training and recruitment before having my family.
I love to work directly with families where I can use my own experiences and knowledge of juggling working and parenthood, especially being a parent to a special needs child, to support parents in their own learning and emotional wellbeing. As a SALTA I tend to focus on our early-years clients and it’s a guarantee the session will get messy with foam, paint and glitter!
I enjoy working in the Words First Team because of the company’s continual forward-thinking, outside the box vision and its ethos to support all; and, more personally, its flexibility, support and opportunities.
Two books have made a big impact on me. The first is Charlotte’s Web by E B White; having struggled massively with reading and writing throughout primary school, Charlotte’s Web was the first book I read fully on my own and was so enthralled by the story and characters I couldn’t finish the last pages as I was crying so much!! The second is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. My struggles with English continued into secondary school, but in year 2 something clicked and my English Teacher challenged me to read the book following a lively discussion in class, so I did and loved every page, which then sparked a real interest in Victorian literature.
If a friend were to describe me in 3 words I think they would say: empathetic, energetic, creative.