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About Sonja

Sonja McGeachie

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist 
Dysphagia Therapist and Lactation Consultant
Practice Owner – London Speech and Feeding

I have more than 24 years of experience helping babies and children with Speech, Language and Developmental Delay.  Since graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Communication Sciences in 1996 I have provided diagnostic and therapeutic services in the NHS across a multitude of settings, both hospital and rehabilitative community settings, in child development centres and schools.

In 2017 I created the London Speech and Feeding Practice, a boutique-style, bespoke and highly specialised service dedicated to supporting children and their families. I place high value on close cooperation with colleagues in the NHS in order to achieve the very best outcome for each child and family.
 

My mission is to provide high-quality consultancy and therapy for all my clients and to ensure that families receive expert advice, dedicated support and best practice of intervention.  In order to ensure high quality care I only take on a handful of clients at any one time which ensures that each client receives individualised, bespoke and thorough support.
 

When I am not seeing patients I enjoy gardening, baking, and travelling with my two sons and husband. We are a bilingual household (German-English);  raising my sons bilingually has given me added experience and another perspective into speech and language development in a multi-lingual context and I am able to draw positively on my experience in my therapeutic interventions with families of bi or multi-lingual backgrounds.

Areas of Expertise

Speech and Oral Motor Difficulties

If your child has trouble controlling lips, tongue or jaw muscles, - from talking to eating or sipping from a straw — these are tough skills to master and I can help your child develop those skills.  Your little one has a lisp or a 'funny r-sound’?  With a little time and practice we can make it better.

Developmental Delay

Is your child late in talking and struggling to communicate or make friends with others? Maybe he or she is not able to tell you their needs without a big tantrum and tears? Perhaps they always repeat any words or sentences you say (echolalia)? Or is your little one very complex and unable to say anything at all?

Education

Bachelor of Science Degree

Speech and Language Therapy at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Swiss Cottage, London, UK. Graduation Date: 1996. 

Professional Experience

Practice, London 2017- to date

London Speech and Feeding - London 

 

September 2019 – May 2020

The Royal Free Hospital NHS TRUST – Barnet Hospital, Neonatal Starlight Unit:  Neonatal Speech and Language Therapist and Lactation Consultant

Secondment with Dr. Celia Harding

2001-2018

LONDON NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST, Community Child Development Service for the London Borough of Brent:  Senior Lead Therapist for Special Needs and Dysphagia

1998-2001

LONDON NORTH WEST NHS HEALTHCARE TRUST, Northwick Park Hospital, Early Intervention and Special Needs Service: Senior Speech and Language Therapist

1996-1998

EAST LONDON NHS TRUST, Hackney Early Years Service and Special Needs School Provision:  Speech and Language Therapist in mainstream school, community clinics and special needs schools

Certifications

Dysphagia postgraduate Diploma 2000


Makaton Regional Trainer Diploma 2015


Hanen Program Certification 2016 and 2018


International Board Certification of Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) 2019


ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) certified  (2019)

Certifications

Dysphagia Postgraduate Diploma 2000


Makaton Regional Trainer Diploma 2015


Hanen Program Certification 2016 and 2018


International Board Certification of Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) 2019


ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) certified 2019

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