Independent speech and language therapy, advice and support for children and young people in West Central Scotland

About Me


About Me

Jennifer McElroy, BSc (Strath), MA Hons (Gla), MRCSLT

Since qualifying as a speech and language therapist in 2002, I have worked within the NHS and overseas, with children from 2-18 years with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties. I have had particular experience working with children who have speech sound difficulties, language delay, language disorder, developmental dysfluency and verbal dyspraxia.

Following completion of a BSc in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Strathclyde, I worked within the NHS in Scotland and in the public and private sectors in Auckland, New Zealand, providing a service to children in mainstream nurseries and schools as well as those in nurseries and language units for children with additional support needs. During this time, I mostly worked with children with speech and language delay, specific language impairment and communication difficulties associated with autistic spectrum disorder. My post in New Zealand involved a particular emphasis on home based therapy and close liaison with health and education services.

My most recent post was as a senior speech and language  therapist and Practice Tutor within a service for young people with physical disabilities in the Republic of Ireland. In this role, I worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team in close collaboration with colleagues from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work and education services. As Practice Tutor, I organised and supervised placements for student speech and language therapists within my workplace in close collaboration with staff from the department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin. I also had a role in contributing to developments in the clinical education component of the course as part of their clinical steering committee. 

As a result of a growing interest in education and the links between this and language and communication development, I completed a PGDE in primary school teaching in 2010 and now teach as well as continuing to work in independent practice as a speech and language therapist. This means that I am acutely aware of current issues in education and the demands of the primary school classroom, particularly the challenges that children with speech, language and communication needs can face.

As a practising member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Health Professions Council (HPC), I am aware of the importance of continued professional development and remaining informed about research related to my practice, which ensures that my knowledge and skills are up-to-date. I am Hanen certified and, as well as being a member of the RCSLT and HPC, I have also been subject to a recent Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.

Post-graduate training

I have completed a wide range of training courses, including the following:

  1. Bullet    Hanen It Takes Two To Talk & Learning Language and   

Loving It

  1. Bullet    PECS (Picture Exhange Communication System)

  2. Bullet    Makaton Foundation Signing - Vocabulary Development

  3. Bullet  Two day workshop on assessment and treatment of children's speech sound disorders led by Dr Caroline Bowen (renowned researcher and practitioner in this field)

  4. Bullet  Wide range of training related to low and high tech methods of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) (including Boardmaker, Clicker and The Grid)