Words First Ltd is a team of qualified and registered Speech and Language Therapists who offer services to mainstream schools and specialist provisions in London and throughout the UK.

Autism and Social Communicaiton

Hannah Forbes and Giulia Bruno (on maternity leave for '21-'22) head up our Social Communication Outreach Team (SCOT). The SCOT service can be brought in as an add-on or on an ad hoc basis to support individual pupils in schools. Hannah will spend one full day in school understanding the needs of the identified pupil. The school/parent will receive a detailed and comprehensive report with recommendations.

Socio-Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

Bethan Mort is our Lead Therapist for Socio-Emotional and Mental Health. We have contracts with a number of SEMH provisions and provide clinical support and supervision as required to all therapists working in these settings.

Complex Needs and AAC

Our Clinical Lead for Complex Needs and AAC is Katie McCann. Our therapists working in Complex Needs and AAC schools fall under Katie’s guidance and support. n


Mary, Linda and Egypt are our specialists in the area of Dyslexia. Mary and Egypt offer schools assessments and training while Linda manages our interventions for dyslexia.

Feeding and dysphagia

Aimée is our developing specialist in the areas of paediatric feeding and dysphagia. At present, Aimée is expanding her experience and specialism in this area, and we hope by September 2022 to have a specific service/offer for our schools and families.

Developmental Language Disorder

Lisa is our DLD specialist, and with India supports our team in their diagnostic understanding and knowledge of DLD.


Talia is our developing specialist in the field of Stammering. Talia regularly updates the team on new developments in the field and is our go-to for all queries relating to Stammering.