Magic Words Therapy is an independent speech and language therapy service for children and adults that was set up in 2009.

The Directors Eleanor Harris and Frankie Paterson started out working as speech and language therapists in the NHS. They felt strongly that so much more could be offered with an independent service that could enhance the lives of people who otherwise would be unable to access this vital treatment or would experience agonisingly long waits before accessing support with their communication difficulties.

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We at Magic Words Therapy know that being able to communicate effectively is absolutely vital for clients to achieve success in all that they wish to pursue in life and for their psychological wellbeing. With 1 in 10 children having a speech, language or communication difficulty, 152,000 people having strokes in the UK each year (33% of these will experience language difficulties) there is now more than ever a huge need for effective speech and language therapy services for children and adults.

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To practice as a speech and language therapist (SLT) an undergraduate / postgraduate degree is required along with registration with the HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council) and the RCSLT (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists).

Speech and language therapists work with people with a wide range of communication difficulties including Stammering and Voice Disorders and difficulties resulting from Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

Magic Words Therapy work with individual families, adults, care homes and case management firms. We have clinics in Milton Keynes, St Albans and Harrow and are currently opening up clinics in both Cambridge and Northampton.

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With new clients we assess current skills and needs over a wide range of communication areas. We are experts at designing treatment plans to suit each individual client according to SMART goals based on the assessment results. We work with the client until their difficulties are resolved or resolved as much as is realistic.

In some cases the client will never be able to communicate verbally, e.g. people with severe autism or those who have had major strokes. We help them to use other means to communicate such as speech generating devices (as used by the late Stephen Hawking.

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