Hello, my name is Roz, I studied Psychology and Speech Pathology at Manchester Metropolitan University and qualified in 2015. I started my career working for the NHS across a range of community clinic settings, mainstream nursery, primary and secondary schools, specialist resource provisions and SEMH specialist schools. I then moved to the Words First team in 2018. Since joining the Words First team, I have become the Clinical Lead Therapist for the East London team and Designated Safeguarding Officer. I therefore work in a variety of settings, including mainstream nursery, primary and secondary settings and specialist SEMH resource provision, as well as providing supervision and management support for therapists within the Words First team. I am very passionate about working with young pupils across all age ranges, helping them to develop the language and communication skills they need for both academic and outside-school life. The variety in my role means I can be playing ready, steady, go games and promoting turn-taking skills one day, then practicing debating skills and exam vocabulary development the next! Either way, I particularly enjoy seeing the ‘light bulb moment’ when pupils realise how our therapy sessions fit into their real-life experiences, and how they can use the skills we practice together all the time to support their learning and social development. I am also very grateful to be able to help supervise our wonderful therapists at Words First, helping them to progress within their careers through finding specialist areas of interest, skills and strengths with their clinical practice and reflective skills. One of the best things about Words First is the company’s strong emphasis on growth and development, meaning that we actively encourage career progression and for all our therapists to develop their own areas of specialist expertise that they can share with the team. Outside of work, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family, eating and drinking out and exercising (in an attempt to counteract the relaxing and eating). I recently learnt to do the splits and hula hoop during lockdown – both huge personal successes! If you had to call my best friend and ask her to describe me, I think she’d describe me as friendly, resilient and talkative.