Hello, my name is Louise Coigley and I have been working as a speech and language therapist (SLT) for over twenty years, specialising in learning disability. I joined The Mount in November 2012 and work here part time. For much of my twenties and thirties I lived in Camphill Communities with children, teenagers and adults. Then, I worked in the NHS for many years. In Camphill I completed the training in Curative Education and have since also gained a diploma in Creative Speech and Drama.
My passion is linking to the interests of the individual student in order to expand their communication and independence. My method, Lis’n Tell: live inclusive storytelling , specialises in including the student’s skills and working to their strengths.
I am trained in Makaton, BSL stage 1, PECS, Intensive Interaction, Metaphon and ‘attention autism’. I have also studied and worked with Social Stories.
At The Mount I work with individual students and groups and deliver regular staff training sessions. My years as an NHS SLT have taught me the rigour and importance of evidence based therapy. Living with children and adults with learning disabilities taught me to be imaginative in delivering speech and language therapy. My aim is that while the student’s SLT programmes have a specialist aspect, they also weave into everyday life.