Clinical Services - About us

To toggle a view of a team member's profile either click an image or the link to its right or hover over the down/up arrow next to the team member's name.

Dr Catherine Aldred PhD., BSc., Cert.MRCSLT, ASLTIP
Dr Catherine Aldred
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Catherine Aldred is a consultant speech and language therapist with twenty nine years expert clinical experience. She provides second opinions, comprehensive assessments, medico-legal reports and direct therapy for a wide range of specific language and social communication difficulties including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, pragmatic language, higher order language and auditory processing difficulties in children aged 2 to 25 years. She provides individual reports with recommendations of need for statutory assessments and to seek additional resources and support

Catherine completed her Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification at University College, Edinburgh in 1982. Catherine later held a research grant evaluating effective treatment for children with language and communication difficulties. She has led pioneering therapy developed from her Ph.D. research and extensive experience which lead to the development of PACT (Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy) formerly CHILD’S TALK (link to document below). Catherine provides training to individuals and organisations on PACT based on current research evidence of direct communication treatment for children with autism. Catherine is recognised as an international expert in the field of autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and related social communication conditions and she reviews papers for publication for international journals.

Catherine lectures at National and International conferences, organises training for professional groups and parent workshops. She continues to work for a Health Care Trust providing specialist support, training and advice to professionals and local authority schools. Catherine acts as professional advisor to Speech and language Therapists, who can seek her advice on assessment and therapy for children with language and communication difficulties.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATION
  • Certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health Professions Council
  • Association of Speech and Language Therapy in Independent Practice
  • Member of the Paediatric Communication Disorders Research Group (North West)
QUALIFICATIONS/TRAINING
  • B.Sc. Speech Pathology & Therapy (Edinburgh)
  • PhD. In Communication (University of Manchester)
RECENT PUBLICATIONS
2012 Hudry, K., Aldred, C., Wigham, S., Green, J., Leadbitter, K., Temple, K., Hayes, K., McConachie, H. and the PACT Consortium. (2012). Predictors of parent-child interaction style in dyads with autism. In preparation.
2011 Aldred, C., Green, J., Emsley, R. & McConachie, H. (2011) Social communication intervention for children with autism: measuring the mediating variable in therapy and change in child communication functioning. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder 42, 447-454

Barrett, B., Byford, S., Sharac, Hudry, K., Leadbitter, K., Temple, N., Aldred, C., Slonims, V., Green, J. and the PACT Consortium (2011). Service use and costs of pre-school children with autism in the UK. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder. doi 10.1007/s10803-011-1306-x.
2010 Aldred, C., Green, J., Howlin, P., LeCouteur, A. & PACT Therapists (2010) Preschool School Autism Communication Therapy Manual- Resume. The Lancet, 375, 2152-2160.

Green,J., Charman,T., McConachie,H., Aldred,C., Slonims,V., Howlin,P., Le Couteur,A., Leadbitter,K.,Hudry,K., Byford,S., Barrett,B., Temple,K., Macdonald, W., Pickles,A and the PACT Consortium. (2010). Parent-mediated communication-focused treatment in children with autism (PACT): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 375, 2152-2160.
2008 Aldred, C. Green, J., (2008). Early social communication interventions for autism. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 69, 4, 234-237
2004 Aldred C, Green J & Adams C (2004) A new social communication intervention for children with autism: pilot randomised controlled treatment study suggesting effectiveness. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45, 1420-1430
2003 Charman, T., Howlin, P., Aldred, et al. (2003). Research into early intervention for children with autism and related disorders: Methodological and design issues. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 7, 217-225
2001 Aldred CR, Pollard C (2001) Multi-disciplinary assessment and communication intervention for children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders. Journal of Psychology and Child Development, 18, 2, 76-87
2002 Aldred, C. R. (2002) Child's talk: early communication intervention for children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders. Good Autism Practice, 3, 1, 44-57.
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2012 Green, J & Aldred C.R. (2012). Parent mediated communication intervention for auitsm – practice and evidence. The National Autistic Society Conference, Manchester.
2011 Aldred. C.R. & Green, J. (2011) Social Communication Interventions for children with Autism – Autism Symposium, Early Interventions in Autism. University of Bangor
2011 Aldred. C.R. (2011). On the Right Track: Can Communication Focused Intervention change the Developmental Trajectory for Children with Autism? Betty Byers Brown Memorial Lecture, University of Manchester.
2011 Aldred C.R. (2011) Effective early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Autism Conference- A hands on approach, Stockport
2011 Pickles A, Green J, Charman T, McConachie H, Aldred C., and the PACT consortium. Identifying Therapeutic Mechanisms with Intervention Studies (PACT): a randomised controlled trial. 2011 May; International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, USA.
2010 Green J, Charman T, Pickles A, McConachie H, Aldred C., and the PACT consortium. (2010) The Pre-school Autism Communication Trial (PACT): a randomised controlled trial.; International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadephia, USA
2010 Aldred C.R. (2010) Effective intervention for school age children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Autism Conference- A hands on approach, Stockport
2010 Aldred. C.R. (2010) Social Communication Interventions for children with Autism – Autism Symposium, University of Lancaster.
2010 Aldred, C.R. (2010) Social Communication Interventions for Children with Autism, Symposium on Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Symposium proceedings, University of Frankfurt
2007 Aldred, C. (2007) Early Social communication intervention for children with autism – New Interventions. Association for Research in Autism and for the Prevention of Inadaptations Conference proceedings, 9th Autumn University

top of page^


Dr Catherine Adams BSc (Hons)., MSc., PhD., Cert.MRCSLT
Dr Catherine Adams
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Catherine Adams has worked as a speech and language therapist in the NHS and in higher education for over twenty years. She qualified at the University of Manchester with a first class honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy in 1981 and worked as an NHS speech and language therapist in Nottingham for several years. She then completed a Masters degree (with Distinction) in Human Communication at the Institute of Neurology in London. She was appointed Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester in 1989 and Clinical Senior Lecturer from 1997 onwards, gaining her PhD along the way. You can find more information about her research and education profile at http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/CatherineAdams.

Dr Adams has a principal clinical interest in working with children who have specific language disorders. She has many years of experience of clinical assessment and therapy across the whole age range. She has been training speech and language therapy undergraduate students for many years and lectures in developmental language disorders and evidence-based practice. Catherine has worked successfully with Catherine Aldred for several years on clinical research projects. Together they are currently developing interventions for children with pragmatic language impairments which have been nationally acclaimed.

Her research interests are focused on pragmatic language impairments and related conditions. Catherine is currently leading the first controlled trial in the world of intensive speech and language therapy for children with pragmatic language impairments (the Social Communication Intervention Project - SCIP). She is recognised as one of the UK's leading experts in this field and has published widely in both the UK and international literature on the subject. Dr Adams is frequently invited to give contributions to international conferences and has recently presented research papers in the US, France, Italy and New Zealand. With academic colleagues and local SALT services, she has developed and published a test of language functioning in school aged children (ACE 6-11) which is widely used across the country.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATION
  • Certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health Professions Council
  • Organizer of the Paediatric Communication Disorders Research Group (North West)
QUALIFICATIONS / TRAINING
  • B.Sc. (Honours) Speech Pathology & Therapy (First Class)
  • MSc in Human Communication (with Distinction) (MRC Scholarship)
  • PhD. (University of Manchester)
RECENT PUBLICATIONS
2011 Freed J, Lockton E & Adams C (2011) Literacy skills in primary school-aged children with pragmatic language impairment: A comparison with children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 46, 334-347.
2011 Adams C, Lockton E, Gaile J & Freed J (2011) TOPICCAL applications: Assessing children’s conversation skills: turning a research instrument into a clinical profile. Speech and Language Therapy in Practice , Spring, p7-9
2011 Gibson, J., Hussein, J., Holsgrove, S. , Adams, C., Green, J. (2011) Quantifying peer interactions for research and clinical use: the Manchester Inventory for Playground Observation. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2458-2466.

Freed, J., Lockton, E., and Adams, C. (in press) Auditory, linguistic and visuo-spatial memory skills in children who have pragmatic language impairment and children who have specific language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

Adams, C., Lockton, E., Gaile, J., Freed, J., Earl, G., McBean, K. , Nash, M., Green, J., Vail, A. & Law, J. (in press) The Social Communication Intervention Project: A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of speech and language therapy for school-age children who have pragmatic and social communication problems with or without autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

Adams, C., Gaile, J., Earl, G., Lockton, E., & Freed J (in press) Implementation of a manualised communication intervention for school-aged children with pragmatic and social communication needs in a randomised controlled trial: The Social Communication Intervention Programme. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
2009 Adams, C., Clarke, E., & Haynes, R. (2009) Inference and sentence comprehension in children with specific or pragmatic language impairments. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 44, 301 – 318.
2008 Law J, Campbell C, Roulstone S, Adams C & Boyle J (2008) Mapping practice onto theory: the speech and language practitioner’s construction of receptive language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 43, 245-263.
2008 Adams C & Lloyd J (2008) Effects of speech and language therapy intervention in mainstream school for children with pragmatic language impairments. British Journal of Special Education, 34, 226-233.
2006 Adams C, Lloyd J, Aldred C & Baxendale J (2006) Exploring the effects of communication intervention for developmental pragmatic language impairments: a signal-generation study. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 41, 41-66.
2005 Adams C, Baxendale J, Lloyd J & Aldred C (2005) Pragmatic language impairment: case studies of social and pragmatic language therapy. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 21, 227-250.
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2012 Adams C (2012) Parent reported outcomes, social cognition and conversational skills: exploration of selected measures from a study of speech-language intervention for children with pragmatic communication needs. Seminar University of Newcastle, UK, January.
2011 Adams, C and Gaile, J. (2011) Implementing social communication intervention for children with high-functioning autism. Invited presentation at the Autism: a hands-on approach Conference; Stockport, November 2011.
2011 Freed, J Lockton, E & Adams, C (2011) Short-term and working memory skills in children with specific language impairment and children with pragmatic language impairment: phonological, linguistic and visuo-spatial aspects. Presentation at the Child Language Seminar, Newcastle , UK. June
2011 Gibson, J., Green ,J., Adams, C., Lockton, E. (2011) Autism symptomatology in children with PLI". Presentation at the Child Language Seminar, Newcastle , UK. June
2011 Adams, C (2011) Effectiveness of an intervention for children with pragmatic language impairment. Scottish SLI SIG Meeting, Edinburgh, May
2011 Lockton E & Adams C (2011) Effectiveness of intervention for children with primary pragmatic communication needs. Invited presentation at the National Association of Professionals working with Language Impaired Children Symposium, Warwick, UK, April.
2010 Adams C, Lockton E, Gaile J, Freed J. (2010) Effectiveness of intervention for children with primary pragmatic communication needs. American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Symposium, Philadelphia, November.
2010 Adams C (2010) Researching developmental pragmatic communication needs: new directions. Invited speaker at the University of Alberta Canada, November.
2010 Adams C (2010) Parent reported outcomes, social cognition and conversational skills in a randomised controlled study of speech-language intervention for children with pragmatic communication needs. Invited speaker, Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Alberta, Canada.
2010 Adams C (2010) Intervention for children with pragmatic language difficulties: exploring the effects of an intensive speech-language therapy trial. Invited keynote speaker at Pragmatic language problems in autism spectrum conditions. University of Copenhagen, September.
2010 Adams C & Gaile J (2010) The Social Communication Intervention Project: outcomes and practical implications. North West Teachers’ Network Speech and Language. Blackburn. June.
2010 Gaile J & Adams C (2010) The Social Communication Intervention Project: A randomised controlled trial of intervention for children with pragmatic language impairments. Invited speakers at the meeting of the Irish Mental Health Special Interest Group, Dublin, May.
2009 Adams, C., Clarke, E., and Gaile, J. (2009). ALICC: Analysis of Language Impaired Children’s Conversation – turning a research tool into a clinical profile? North West Paediatric Communication Disorders Research Group, Manchester.
2009 Adams C. (2009) Assessment and intervention strategies for children with pragmatic language impairments: new directions in effectiveness research. Invited Speaker at Aphasie Suisse Conference, University of Neuchatel.
2009 Gaile J, Earl G, Clarke E & Adams C (2009) Communication profiling and intervention prioritisation for children with pragmatic language impairment. Paper at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference.
2009 Baxendale, J, Clarke E & Adams C. (2009) An investigation into perceptions of the value of an intensive intervention for children with pragmatic language impairments from educational and family perspectives. Paper at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference.
2008 Adams C & Clarke E (2008) Social communication intervention within a large-group randomized controlled trial. Keynote speakers at the International Scientific Congress of the FNO (National Union of Speech Therapists) Biarritz, France.
2008 Adams C (2008) Evaluating school-based, specialist intensive language interventions for children who have social communication disorders. Invited Keynote speaker at NAPLIC 2008, University of Warwick, UK.
2008 Adams C & Collins A (2008) Developmental applications of clinical pragmatics, Invited seminar, University of Poitiers, March 2008.
2007 Adams C & Gaile (2007) The effectiveness of speech and language therapy intervention for children with pragmatic language impairments in the UK. November 2007. ASHA Inivited Symposium contributor, Boston, USA.

top of page^


Jacqueline Gaile BSc., Cert.MRCSLT
Jacqueline Gaile
Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Jacqueline Gaile is a speech and language therapist with almost 20 years experience working with children and young adults with speech, language and communication needs. She has been Lead Clinician for mainstream schools, setting up and evaluating a new service to mainstream schools in a large inner city borough.

Jacqueline gained her speech and language qualification from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1991 and worked within the NHS as a paediatric SLT in community clinics, special schools, and preschools until she moved to Oldham in 1997 to develop the mainstream service there. Here she was involved in service delivery and strategy meetings with professionals across education and health. As part of delivering an effective service with a balance between intervention with the child and support for teaching staff she developed training packages for primary and secondary schools. She has many years experience of providing comprehensive assessments and reports for children with complex language and communication needs in mainstream schools.

Jacqueline is the research therapist on the Social Communication Intervention Project (SCIP) led by Dr. Catherine Adams and Dr. Elaine Lockton at the University of Manchester. The SCIP project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention for children with pragmatic language impairment, i.e. those children who have difficulties in using and understanding language particularly where this impacts on social interaction, conversation, friendships, and story telling.

Jacqueline is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Manchester exploring the nature of metacognition in intervention. Jacqueline’s main clinical and research interest is in how improved self-awareness and understanding of the social context can impact on social interaction and friendships for young people with social communication difficulties such as those found in children with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism. Her work with parents and school staff is highly regarded and both report welcome changes in children’s day to day social interaction.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATION
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RC0010123)
  • Health Professions Council registered
QUALIFICATIONS
  • BSc Clinical Language Sciences (Speech Therapy) LMU 1991
RECENT PUBLICATIONS
2011 Adams C, Lockton E, Gaile J & Freed J (2011) TOPICCAL applications: Assessing children’s conversation skills: turning a research instrument into a clinical profile. Speech and Language Therapy in Practice , Spring, p7-9
- Adams, C., Lockton, E., Gaile, J., Freed, J., Earl, G., McBean, K. , Nash, M., Green, J., Vail, A. & Law, J. (in press) The Social Communication Intervention Project: A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of speech and language therapy for school-age children who have pragmatic and social communication problems with or without autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
- Adams, C., Gaile, J., Earl, G., Lockton, E., & Freed J (in press) Implementation of a manualised communication intervention for school-aged children with pragmatic and social communication needs in a randomised controlled trial: The Social Communication Intervention Programme. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
- Baxendale J, Gaile, J., Clarke E, & Adams C The effectiveness of a speech and language intervention for children who have pragmatic language impairment. Part 2: functional social outcomes and implications for practice. In preparation
- Gaile J, Earl G & Adams C Profiling and prioritising communication needs for children with pragmatic language impairments. In preparation
- Gaile, J. and Baxendale J, The impact of teacher and parent perceptions of needs of children with pragmatic language impairment on the role of the Speech and language therapist and the Learning support assistant In preparation
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2011 Adams, C and Gaile, J. (2011) Implementing social communication intervention for children with high-functioning autism. Invited presentation at the Autism: a hands-on approach Conference; Stockport, November 2011.
2010 Adams C, Lockton E, Gaile J, Freed J (2010) Effectiveness of intervention for children with primary pragmatic communication needs. American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Symposium, Philadelphia, November.
2010 Adams C & Gaile J (2010) The Social Communication Intervention Project: outcomes and practical implications. North West Teachers’ Network Speech and Language. Blackburn. June.
2010 Gaile J & Adams C (2010) The Social Communication Intervention Project: A randomised controlled trial of intervention for children with pragmatic language impairments. Invited speakers at the meeting of the Irish Mental Health Special Interest Group, Dublin, May.
2010 Adams, C., Clarke, E., & Gaile, J. (2010) ALICC: Analysis of Language Impaired Children’s Conversation – turning a research tool into a clinical profile? Presentation at the North West Paediatric Communication Disorders Research Group, January 2010
2009 Adams, C., Lockton, E., and Gaile, J. (2009) ALICC: Analysis of Language Impaired Children’s Conversation – turning a research tool into a clinical profile? North West Paediatric Communication Disorders Research Group, Manchester.
2009 Intervention for children with pragmatic language impairment (2009) West Yorkshire Specific Language Impairment Special Interest Group.
2009 Gaile J, Earl G, Clarke E & Adams C (2009) Communication profiling and intervention prioritisation for children with pragmatic language impairment. Paper at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference March.
2007 Adams C & Gaile (2007) The effectiveness of speech and language therapy intervention for children with pragmatic language impairments in the UK. November 2007. ASHA Invited Symposium contributor, Boston, USA.
2007 Gaile J (2007) The Social Communication Intervention Project North West SLI Special Interest Group (Warrington UK)
2001 Gaile J (2001) SLT service to children with SEN in Mainstream schools, at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Conference (Birmingham UK)

top of page^


Trish O’Neill BSc., Cert.MRCSLT
Trish O’Neill
Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Trish O’Neill is a senior paediatric Speech and Language Therapist with over 25 years experience. She qualified at Elizabeth Gaskell College with a distinction in neurology and the practical examination.

She held a team leader post for 9 years at Stepping Hill hospital with patients who suffered a stroke

She has worked in the Children’s Services for Stockport Healthcare Trust since 1998. She sees children with special needs in mainstream schools and specialised in Autistic Spectrum disorders and social communication needs 10 years ago after completing ADOS (Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule) training. Trish also specialises in providing therapy for children with difficulties in using language to socially interact, developing friendships skills and relationships and understanding of complex language and pragmatic skills. She works in close collaboration with school staff providing training on social stories and comic strip conversations. Trish currently works in an Independent School providing direct speech and language therapy for children, running social skills groups and training staff on social communication strategies.

Trish also works as a member of a multi-disciplinary Social Communication Assessment team at Stepping Hill Hospital.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATION
  • Certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health Professions Council

top of page^


Catrina Dawson BSc., Cert.MRCSLT
Catrina Dawson
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Catrina Dawson studied at Birmingham University and gained a B.Sc(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy Degree and has been employed by the NHS as a professional Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) for over 7years. Catrina has had extensive experience working with the parents and children with a vast variation of speech, language and communication needs. Catrina works closely with the educational establishments gaining a reputation for an excellent and organised service. Catrina works within a team of specialists supporting children and teenagers with dysfluency (stammering), providing training for parents, direct therapy for the children as considered appropriate and an advisory service for other professionals.

Catrina provides dysfluency assessments and gains information on a combination of factors influencing the fluency including a range of experiences, psychological factors, underlying language skills. Parental advice in given to maximise fluency within the home environment and further strategies will be discussed within an individual consultation appointment.

Catrina may provide more regular therapy for child who have been stammering for over a year and presenting with more frequent repetitions and hesitations. A pre-school therapy programme, the Lidcombe Programme is completed with the parents. Catrina also provides therapy for older students (over 7 years) and may also take the role of practising for important speaking times in a student’s life i.e. preparing of GCSE orals, practicing speaking roles in drama, presentations, practicing for interviews, talking on the telephone If required Catrina also offers advice in school either by reports/advice sheets or through a visit into school to train staff.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATION
  • Certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health Professions Council

top of page^


Helen Adkins BSc, Cert.MRCSLT, MASLTIP
Helen Adkins
Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Helen Adkins is a speech and language therapist with 13 years experience working with children with speech, language and communication difficulties associated with specific learning needs and developmental issues, where communication difficulties may occur alongside other areas of difficulty. She has expertise in working with children who have oro-motor control and coordination difficulties. Helen excels in working with both parents and in school settings, providing holistic communication therapy and using a variety of communication methods including adapted language, visually supported communication strategies and alternative communication methods, such as signing. She has worked in a number of mainstream and specialist schools and nurseries and has a great deal of experience of working collaboratively with teaching staff to support children in accessing learning and developing their communication. Helen is used to working as part of a team; liaising with the other professionals who may be involved in supporting a child, such as Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Helen has also gained post graduate training in feeding and swallowing conditions and working with children who have Down Syndrome.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATION
  • Certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health Professions Council
  • Association of Speech and Language Therapy in Independent Practice
QUALIFICATIONS / TRAINING
  • B.Sc. Hons Human Communication (Speech and Language Therapy) (De Montfort University, Leicester, 1997
POST GRADUATE TRAINING
  • Post-graduate dysphagia qualification
  • PECS
  • TEACCH
  • Specialist Down Syndrome Training

top of page^