Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson

SaLT

PG Dip in Speech and Language, BSc (Hons) in Psychology, PG Cert in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia (LLD) (Level 7) 

Hello, my name is Mary. I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from City University in 2015 two years after completing my Psychology degree at Coventry University.  I have been working for Words First for six years. During my time with Words First, I have worked across a range of settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, and at our Kids First clinic. Joining Words First as a newly-qualified therapist, I really appreciated the opportunity to gain experience in a range of settings and being guided to provide high-quality weekly intervention sessions in schools.  This weekly interaction with students has allowed me the opportunity to discern the best learning strategies for each student to enable them to progress and realise their potential. My special interest is in dyslexia, and through Words First being super flexible, I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language with Birmingham University in 2017, which qualified me as a specialist teacher and diagnostic assessor. I adore assisting students, who have often struggled for many years with their reading and writing, to utilise their strengths to progress with their learning. There is no greater reward for me than to see a student’s face light up when they have used a strategy successfully or when I see that they have more belief in themselves to tackle a task.   In my spare time, I love to go on walks by the sea with my adorable but very cheeky dog. These walks often end in a few drinks and a meal out (with my dog in tow!).