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Speech Club founders, Claire & Claire, have 50 years' combined experience in Speech & Language Therapy. They first came up with the idea of Speech Club in 2020 when they realised how devastating the Covid lockdown would be for the language development of thousands of children.

 

Historically, there has always been a national shortage of Speech Therapists, but the demand and need for this form of intervention was clearly going to be astronomical. We knew the waiting lists were on average 10 months but when your child is only 18 months old this is half their life. We wanted to create a tool to give concerned parents, nurseries and authorities immediate support, and a way to empower them to help their child with their speech and language at home.

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Claire Heslop

Speech Therapist 

B.Sc (Hons) MRCSLT,

MASLTIP, HCPC

Registered

Claire Whittaker 

Speech Therapist

B.A (Hons) MRCSLT,

MASLTIP, HCPC Registered

Monthly Facebook live Q&A's for members (snippet)

ABOUT SPEECH CLUB AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT

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Toby Pocock

Operations & Communication

B.A. (Hons)  

Claire has worked as a Paediatric Speech & Language therapist for over 25 years. She initially trained at Reading University gaining a B.A (Hons) degree in Linguistics and Language Pathology. Claire began her working career in London in a number of clinical settings that included a GP practice, Primary & Secondary schools, pre-school and nursery settings.

 

Claire then moved to Newbury in Berkshire where she specialized in improving the speech and language development of hearing impaired children.

 

Claire now has her own private practice where she works with children of all ages as well as adult stroke patients. 

Claire trained at UCL (University College London) where she gained a BSc in Speech Sciences. Claire also began her working career in London for the NHS in a post that enabled her to gain experience in mainstream schools, special needs schools and also with adults.

 

She then moved to the Newbury area (where she had grown up) working for local NHS trusts in Hampshire and Berkshire before setting up her own private speech & language therapy practice in 2006. Since this time she has thoroughly enjoyed working with children and their families in various local schools and in her own clinic. 

Toby has specialised in marketing, communications and sales for 25+ years. Toby attended Reading University studying Typography & Graphic Communication.

 

Since 2010, Toby has specialised predominantly in the creative digital space and has extensive knowledge in online course production, social media and marketing.

After creating a hugely successful online pregnancy & postnatal digital service with his wife Lucy, he felt that similar strategies could be used in helping thousands of children to talk with remote therapy learning.

He lives in Reigate with his wife and 3 young children.

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Claire Whittaker interviewed on London Live

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