penny holding a library storytime
Penny Farrell running a story time with a teddy sleepover in Lanesborough Library

I am a qualified and CORU-certified Speech and Language Therapist. I qualified in 2002 and have worked in public health systems, primary and secondary schools and the private sector in the UK, Barbados and Ireland. I absolutely love my work and bring bundles of enthusiasm to every session. I am really positive and encouraging person. I place great importance on providing effective therapy whilst building up confidence and having lots of fun.

 

My clinic is usually based in my home, but I have made changes to the way I work to keep everyone as safe as possible. I have set up a green screen station and invested in equipment for online therapy sessions. I have been exploring all the fun ways to use green screen animations in my assessment and therapy activities.

 

I provide a really personal service, and will go to great efforts to include special interests into therapy activities. I have made activities with everything from Peppa, Paw Patrol and Pokemon to Jurassic Park and Minecraft! It’s important that the young people I see are engaged and excited to be working with me because learning becomes a joy for everyone. 

 

 

Speech and Language Therapy is very broad and we work with people of different ages with many different needs. In my ongoing professional study, I have specialised in: 

  • Stammering (also known as stuttering)
  • Toddler language development and late talkers
  • Speech sound difficulties including dyspraxia
  • Reading difficulties and dyslexia
  • School aged language development – both national school and secondary school age groups

I love reading stories to children and run regular baby book club groups and story times for local libraries. 

 

In my spare time, I love to bake and hang out with my family. We also have a dog, two cats and eight hens. I am trying to learn how to garden and I am a (slow!) member of the local triathlon club.