ASLTIP Conference & AGM 2019

21st - 22nd March, 2019 Jurys Inn, Milton Keynes

AGM 21st March, 2019 - Free dinner included




Janice Murray

Janice Murray

Professor Janice Murray led an NIHR funded project on clinical decision making for children who are non-speaking who would benefit from provision of a communication aid. This was a three-site project, led by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with Barnsley Assistive Technology Service and Leeds University. This was the first UK project to explore AAC decision making. The outcomes of the project included the development of a decision making heuristic with freely available tools and resources to support decision making processes. Janice will present an overview of the project, its findings and heuristic content. There will be a practical opportunity to work with some of the resources.


De-novo Consultants Limited

De-novo Consultants Limited


Adrian Grindley

Pop Creative

Adrian Grindley



Anna Munroe

ThickenUp Clear

Anna Munroe

Betty Gat

Babysafe Training

Betty Gat

I have always had a keen interest in medicine and how the body works. This sparked my interest in First Aid and I have been passoniate about this topic since having given birth to my first child,in 2006. Since then I have made it my mission to make learning this subject accessible, fun and easy.

I am an accredited First Aid instructor and Assessor, having qualified with Aid Training. I also hold a Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Education & Training. My qualifications allow me to offer a range of First Aid courses including Emergency First at Work, First Aid at Work, AED Training, Paediatrics and Requalification courses.

My experience in teaching this topic spans over the years and in that time I have had the privilege of teaching people from all backgrounds, from parents, nannies, au pairs, childminders and school staff to doctors, paramedics and even the odd celebrity!

Natalie Morris


Natalie Morris

Natalie Morris (MSc, BA (Hons), MASLTIP, MRCSLT) is director and clinical lead at Integrated Therapy Solutions - an independent multi-disciplinary children’s therapy service based in the Midlands. During her 20-year career as an SLT, Natalie has become specialist in the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing difficulties in children and adolescents with neuro-developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Natalie is an innovative professional - keen to explore the potential of practice-based evidence of new treatments to improve quality of life for her clients.

At last year’s ASLTIP conference Natalie first came across IQoro®, a non-invasive neuro-muscular device for the treatment and rehabilitation of the whole swallowing chain. Although there are many published clinical studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of IQoro® with adults, there is little published evidence on the efficacy of IQoro® treatment in the specialist cohort that Natalie treats: children and young people, mostly with CP. Natalie was keen to investigate the possibility of extending her treatment ‘toolkit’ by introducing IQoro® where progress with traditional methods had been limited. She has carefully documented the cases that she has worked with, using outcome measurements to provide practice-based evidence of her work, challenges and successes. At today’s conference Natalie will be presenting:

'Measuring the effectiveness of IQoro® treatment of saliva control dysfunction in children and young people with Cerebral Palsy using practice-based evidence outcome measures

Christella Antoni

Christella Antoni


Christella Antoni is a Consultant SLT who specialises in Voice work. Qualifying in 1995 from UCL, Christella worked for 14 years as a Lead Voice Clinician for both Imperial Hospitals NHS Trust at Charing Cross Hospital and for West London Mental Health Trust at the Gender Identity Clinic.

Currently, Christella works in Independent practice from her London Treatment rooms. In addition, she has a specialist role within the ENT department at Charing Cross Hospital, operating the Joint Voice clinic with Mr Guri Sandhu, Consultant ENT. She is the SLT professional representative on the committee of British Laryngological Association (BLA) and the U.K representative on the Voice and Communication Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Christella has extensive training in Voicecraft and is noted for her own ability to demonstrate voice qualities. As well as voice rehabilitation, Christella works with singing and performance voice and transgender voice modification.

Since 2001, Christella has offered courses to SLTs in Voice and transgender voice providing training in practical voice skills and exercises underpinned by theoretical knowledge and background. Her courses are consistently rated as ‘excellent’ by attendees. She has supported many SLTs on a national level via training, mentoring and supervision and is a keen supporter of SLT students.

Christella’s publications include Principles of Speech & Language Therapy in Practical Laryngology, Ed’s D. Costello & G. Sandhu, (2016) and Voice, Speech & Language Therapy in The Transgender Handbook Ed’s. W.Bouman & J. Arcelus. (2017). Her voice blog discusses a plethora of voice presentations and includes pre and post treatment examples and Voice demonstrations.

As well as continuing to present widely at conferences and courses, Christella has appeared in a range of television and radio broadcasts including ITV’s Transformation Street (2018) and the ‘This Morning’ programme (2004-2017); Radio Wolfgang’s Science(ish) (2016); BBC Radio 4’s The Vox Project ; Stephen Fry’s English Delight (2010); BBC 4’s The Voice (2008); and A Voice Like Honey, BBC Radio 2 hosted by a Jan Ravens (2006).

Sunita Shah

Sunita Shah


Sunita Shah graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University. Since then she has worked with both adults and children, now focusing on the paediatric sector, ages 1-16 years. She has worked for over 20 years in the NHS for the following Trusts: Sandwell, East Cheshire and North West London Hospitals in Brent.

Sunita currently has her own independent speech and language therapy and training practice in North West London called ‘Together Let’s Communicate’ which has been successfully helping families and education settlings for over fifteen years. She also works as the Service Lead (Harrow & Hertfordshire) for ‘Magic Words Speech and Language Therapy’ practice. Sunita has developed an extensive range of knowledge and skills from assessment to models of therapy to support children in her clinical and management roles.

Sunita’s specialism is in early years; she has worked with some proactive schools and nurseries delivering training, providing assessment and therapy to children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in order to develop a total communication environment within the home, the education setting, and the outside world.

Sunita has a keen interest in bilingualism, and was a bilingual specialist for NHS Brent. She can speak several languages including Gujarati and Hindi. Sunita has been the chair and member of an accomplished bilingual group (Speech and Language Therapists) and forum for over fifteen years; the Clinical Excellence Network for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT). The group has just re-launched its website full of practical ideas and resources for clinicians, education professionals and parents.

Sunita delivers training to support children who have English as an additional language as well as those who are bilingual with SLCN, in order to differentially diagnose SLCN, and the types of intervention required. She is also one of the named national advisors in this area for RCSLT. She has also worked on projects with and/or trained The Michael Palin Centre, Great Ormond Street, ICAN, and The Communication Trust, NHS Northern Island, Blackpool Early Years Team. Sunita is also a member of The National Early Years Training Consultancy.

Sunita is involved with training students, and has worked at Essex University, Reading University, City University London, and Manchester University. Sunita lectures students about bilingualism and working with clients from diverse communities.


Sunita is a mother of two boys and developed The Jai Jais in 2015 because she felt there were limited ideas/books in the market to introduce her son to Hindu gods and goddesses in a child-friendly way.

Sunita has published fifteen books to date and continues to develop her writing skills. She has also just developed a range of board books to introduce babies to Hindu gods and goddesses. Sunita has also started writing books for 6-12 year olds and older with more detailed mythological stories.

Sunita has sold over 10,000 books over the past eighteen months in the UK alone and her books have also been popular overseas in America, Australia, Kenya, Mauritius, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and many other countries. The core range of books all have simple text matching the knowledge and skills of communication norms expected for a child aged 2-5 years with the correct length of sentence and target vocabulary. The books have been written by a UK based author who is also a paediatric speech and language therapist, with the pages drawn by a British illustrator, the aim being to give an original and modern take on Hinduism in the west.

Sunita is also working with her product development team to launch a range of merchandise for The Jai Jais brand.


In February 2017 Sunita set up a face book group called ‘What’s for dinner tonight mum?’, a global community for home cooks. The group now has 60,000+ members in over 120 countries globally. The group is very interactive with over 250,000 interactions a month.


Corinne Moffatt-Santos

CanTalk Speech & Language Therapy

Corinne Moffatt-Santos

Corinne has spent all her working life in London and has been providing services to children and adults who stammer throughout her career. She has worked in several roles including managing a large paediatric SLT service in NHS. Currently, she works in Independent Practice; as a Clinical Tutor at City University of London and with adults who stammer at City Lit. Corinne is a member of the Lidcombe Program Trainers Consortium running training for SLTs in UK and internationally.

Shane Booth

Shane Booth

My name is Shane Booth. I’d like to offer you the opportunity to gain some insight into what it’s like to have been on the receiving end of rehabilitation. I’d like to share some of my experiences and show the impact of rehabilitation and how its shaped me as an individual, as well as show the long-term benefit of professional input.

On 5th August 2009, I was involved in a major life-threatening motorbike accident at a place called Baden-Baden in Germany. This accident left me fighting for my life, with several broken limbs and a traumatic brain injury.

After being transferred back to the UK, I underwent three months in intensive care, then three years in inpatient rehabilitation.

With a lot of focussed rehabilitation, I have started to rebuild my life. The collaboration between myself and my rehab team has enabled me to set increasingly challenging targets and goals and achieve more. I’d like to share with you some of the qualities that have helped me make my rehab such a success.

SLT - From being able to just say “mum” to now presenting to a range of audiences, I’ve been able to achieve so much with the support of my speech and language therapists to improve my impairments, to grow in confidence and to achieve a greater level of self-belief. This progress is still ongoing.

I believe my story will inspire people in their chosen career path and to demonstrate to them the benefit of never giving up

Louise Borjes and Kamini Gadhok


Louise Borjes and Kamini Gadhok

Kamini Gadhok MBE, CEO, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Kamini has been chief executive at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) since December 2000.

The professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK, the RCSLT provides leadership for the speech and language therapy profession and supports improvements to services for people with speech, language and communication needs.

Kamini’s primary role is to help deliver service change by building strong partnerships with key stakeholders across government, charities, other professional bodies and the regulator. Over the years Kamini has been involved in a number of government initiatives and policy developments. This has included being an adviser to the Bercow review of services for children with speech, language and communication needs which continues to inform and impact on key government policies.

Kamini received an MBE in June 2009 for services to the allied health professions.

Kamini was appointed as a Trustee of University of Warwick in February 2016–July 2018.

As a former speech and language therapist, Kamini had direct patient care responsibilities for 14 years and has experience of working with a range of client groups (children, older people, people with learning difficulties) across all ages in hospitals, community health centres, special schools and mainstream schools.

Prior to her move to London in 1997, Kamini had three roles in Nottingham Community Health (NHS Trust): as a locality manager, with responsibility for meeting the health needs of local populations across three inner city health areas; as locality coordinator for the speech and language therapy services across a locality; and as specialist adviser (bilingualism), in leading the development of services for people for whom English is an additional language. In this role, Kamini established the Asian Bilingual Co-worker service, the first of its kind in the country. Kamini was selected as winner of the Education and Training section and overall winner of the National Therapy Weekly Awards (1992). The service was included in the A-Z of Quality (NHS Management Executive, 1993) and won the Nottingham City Council award for Excellence in Race and Community Relations (1996).

In 1997, Kamini became ethnic health projects coordinator for the NHS and was seconded to the Department of Health to set up the Race Equality Unit, where she was section head until 2000.

Louise Borjes, Project Co-ordinator, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Louise joined the RCSLT in 2016 and is responsible for developing professional guidance mostly within conditions commonly related to adults and the elderly. Several of her projects relate to dysphagia, but also leads on workforce projects relating to pre-registration education and the NQP period.

Before working at the RCSLT, Louise worked in think tanks producing analyses and recommendations of public policy initiatives to both UK and foreign governments. She holds a BA in English Language and Communication and an MA in European Public Policy, both from King’s College London.

Cathy & Sam


Cathy & Sam

Collaboratively Cathy and Sam:

Provide individual and group supervision for a range of professionals of different specialisms and grades working in public and independent, health, education and social care settings.

Offer a Foundation Supervision Training Series and an Advanced Supervision Workshop Programme for trainee and qualified speech and language therapists and other professionals working in public and independent health, education or social care settings.

Blog, publish articles and contribute to books connected with their work

Katrina Hulme-Cross


Katrina Hulme-Cross

Katrina Hulme-Cross is the Senior Editor for Speechmark, now part of Routledge Education. Katrina has worked in publishing for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience in commissioning professional content in the fields of health, social care and education. Join Katrina for her ‘How to Get Published’ session where she will explain the process of turning your great idea into a published book.

Anna Munroe

Nestle Health Science

Anna Munroe

Formed in 2011, Nestlé Health Science is the first of a new breed of health-science company. Advancing the therapeutic role of nutrition to change the course of health management for consumers, patients, doctors, nurses and our partners in healthcare: this is our focus.

Through investing in innovation and leveraging leading edge science, we are striving to forge a new industry of nutritional therapies based upon inherently safe nutritional therapies with relevant levels of quality of life benefits and proven clinical and health economic value.

Stand out from the crowd

15 minute headshot session at the conference

In any business a headshot is there to help you connect with clients and potential employers, It's your shop window online. Your headshot is one of the main images in your control to put in the public domain, that represents your brand and professionalism.

Save £10 and book in advance for £30.00,
photoshoots on the day will be £40.00

Book appointment online
21st March Thursday:
  • 5-7pm local group coordinator meeting (this will be a meeting for all the local group organisers to attend)
  • 7-8pm AGM
  • 8-9pm All ticket holders are invited for dinner at the hotel for a networking opportunity.
22nd March Friday:
  • 9.30am - Welcome from the chair
  • Sessions start at 9.45am, with a mix of clinical, business support and guidance.
  • Photographer attending to take headshots for your social media, website and ASLTIP profile.
  • Exhibitor hall with over 30 stands
  • Lunch included for everyone who attends

The conference is open to all professions, members and non-members.

To book a room at a special rate please call 01908 843700 option 3 between 8:30am – 6pm Monday-Friday to make your reservations and quote ASSOCI210319.

Conference Sessions

9.30 Welcome from Chair | Main room

Session 1

9:45 - 10:45 |

RCSLT representative discussing IDDSI

Louise Borjes and Kamini Gadhok

The aim of this session is to: · Provide an overview of work undertaken to date to support members with IDDSI implementation · Highlight opportunities to share resources and what has been shared to date · Update on ongoing challenges as identified by members and actions taken by the RCSLT to address them

Therapists First! Supervision and Self Care

Sam Simpson & Cathy Sparkes

The workshop aims to help participants: deepen their understanding of supervision; develop a working knowledge of the RCSLT (2017) supervision best practice guidance and individual accountability; and consider their current supervision and self-care networks in light of HCPC and RCSLT supervision guidance

Top tips for business success

De-novo Consultants Limited

In my experience the passion that people have when they set up a business starts to disappear after a while as the business owner realises all the admin, marketing etc. that they have to do to keep the business going. This presentation will focus on giving the delegates some tips to help them remain focused, believe in themselves and give them the confidence to tackle all these extra tasks with confidence and ultimately achieve more than they thought was possible with their business.

Website Security and Content

Pop Creative

The do's and dont's when managing your website and ensuring it's secure for your users. Discover other ways to improve your users experience and how to better utilize your website to work for you and your business.

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break and exhibitors area

Session 2

11:15 - 13:15 |


Janice Murray

Janice will present an overview of a project on clinical decision making for children who are non-speaking who would benefit from provision, Janice will be discussing its findings and heuristic content. There will be a practical opportunity to work with some of the resources.

Corinne Moffatt-Santos

The Lidcombe Program is an effective, evidence-based intervention for stammering in young children. This presentation will consider the significant role the Lidcombe Program plays when working with younger children who stammer by giving an overview of the approach and the research evidence upon which it is based.

First Aid

Betty Gatt

The session will focus on babies and children from birth to puberty covering CPR, Recovery Positions and Choking. This session will involve both theory and hands on practice with mannequins. Participants will receive a booklet on completion.

Voice separating the facts from the myths

Christella Antoni

Christella’s presentation will be based on her 22 years working as a speech & language therapist. Specifically, her presentation will focus on her 20 years multi-centre career as a voice specialist, voice course teacher and clinical supervisor. Christella will also share knowledge about running a private practice based on her own practice, now currently based in Marylebone London.

Christella will share insights into her direct approach of working with voice. She will take us on a voice quality journey through the physical properties of the vocal tract. Along the way, she will discuss voice fact and fiction, demystifying some of the vocal myths that perpetuate . Her presentation will include examples, vocal demonstrations and some interactive ‘Antoni Method Vital Voice’ exercises which can be applied to many voice disorders.

Still Just You

De-novo Consultants Limited

Are you ready to take the next step to grow your business? Is executing this and making it happen a daunting prospect? Do you know where to seek advice; what to outsource, to whom and when?

This interactive workshop focuses on the things a business owner needs to do to transition from a 1 man band to employing their first associate, PA, bookkeeper etc. and beyond. We also tackle the mind-set shift you need to make during the transition.

The delegates would go away with an outline plan of how to move themselves and their business forward within the next 6-12 months, having identified what to delegate, who to give it to, how to finance it and what they need to do to grow themselves.

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch and exhibitors area

Session 3

14:15 - 15:15 |


Sunita Shah

Sunita delivers training to support children who have English as an additional language as well as those who are bilingual with SLCN, in order to differentially diagnose SLCN, and the types of intervention required.

How to get published


Ever thought of writing a professional book? Have you written resources for use in your own practice (session plans, activities, tools) which you feel should be shared with your wider professional community? Join Katrina Hulme-Cross, Senior Editor at Speechmark publishing, for an informative session on the professional publishing market and ‘How to Get Published’. Learn what Commissioning Editors are looking for, how to develop your idea; and how to put together and submit a proposal.

Speechmark (now part of Routledge Education) publishes practical, trusted resources for practitioners across education, health and social care. Katrina Hulme-Cross has worked in publishing for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience in commissioning professional content for a number of publishers including Wiley, Cambridge University Press and now Routledge Education.

The Pros and cons of running a speech and Language enquiry service

Jon Gilmartin

Jon will be talking about his experiences manning I CAN’s enquiry service.

Measuring the effectiveness of IQoro® treatment of saliva control dysfunction in children and young people with Cerebral Palsy using practice-based evidence outcome measures


Until now, there has been neither time nor funding to research all possible uses of IQoro®, including those related to cerebral palsy. Natalie and her co-workers at Integrated Therapy Solutions have undertaken innovative, multi-disciplinary work to investigate whether the IQoro could be used as an effective treatment for her clients. Using accredited outcome measurements including the improvement goal and measurement methodology of GAS (Goal Attainment Scales), Natalie has worked with 10 children and young people with Cerebral Palsy to evaluate and measure the value of using IQoro® in the treatment of saliva control, swallowing and speech difficulties. Her presentation will share her practice-based evidence journey and the interesting outcomes she has already discovered and measured. IQoro® is a neuromuscular training device developed by Dr Mary Hägg, an internationally renowned swallowing expert based in Sweden. The treatment facilitates the neurodevelopment and neuro-rehabilitation of the swallow and the whole swallowing chain. It now has over 20 published clinical research studies that demonstrate its effectiveness in treating swallowing and respiratory conditions including dysphagia, hiatus hernia, snoring and sleep apnoea that underpin its clinical use.

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break and exhibitors area

Session 4

15:30 - 17:00 | Main Room

Being on the receiving end of therapy

Shane Booth

I’d like to offer you the opportunity to gain some insight into what it’s like to have been on the receiving end of rehabilitation. I’d like to share some of my experiences and show the impact of rehabilitation and how its shaped me as an individual, as well as show the long-term benefit of professional input.

Closing by Chair

Exhibitors for extra 30 minutes


More to be announced soon

Sym-pli-fy Your World Healthcare fsb The OT Practice ICAN Elklan RCSLT Talking Outcomes Small Talk NI Mediplacements Myoroface Speechmark

Secure Your Place

Please use the online booking system to purchase your ticket, you will be able to select one option for each session to attend after selecting your ticket type.

Once purchased you will receive an email containing your ticket which you will need to bring upon attendance.

Parking & Transport

We are very excited to be edging ever closer to our 2019 conference in Milton Keynes! Please see the pdf for some information about parking and transport links for Milton Keynes. The hotel is situated within walking distance of the train station and is close to the town centre. There is public parking around the hotel which is 50p per hour for purple bays and £2 per hour for red (which are closer) As this is a working day and these bays fill quickly, we would advise that you arrive in plenty of time to find a space and car share where possible to reduce the costs. The map attached shows where the parking is in relation to the hotel which we you find in grid C3.

Please see links below that you may find useful when planning your journey.

We looking forward to seeing you in March!

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