The Linguistic Resolutions Team

Linguistic Resolutions is able to provide assessment, advice, second opinions, intensive treatment, reviews, home-visits and teaching sessions.

Lead SLT Consultant and Company Director: Sally Ghibaldan

Sally Ghibaldan is an experienced clinician working exclusively with adults with acquired neurological impairments. She has worked in a range of NHS and private settings; acute inpatient wards, rehabilitation wards, outpatient clinics, client’s homes and nursing homes.

Sally achieved a B.Med.Sci from Sheffield University in 2002 and post-graduate training in dysphagia in 2005. Her expertise includes assessment and treatment of dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), dysphasia (language difficulties), cognitive-communication disorder, dyspraxia, dysarthria (motor speech disorders) and neurogenic dysphonia (voice difficulties after a neurological event). She is trained in techniques such as facial TES (trophic electrical stimulation) and electropalatography.

As part of her private practice, Sally has facilitated NHS departments who have long waiting lists and difficulties finding staff cover. This involves working in acute, rehabilitative and long term care settings. In addition to working in the NHS and private sectors, Sally also has experience working for the Ministry Of Defence, providing expert neurological rehabilitation to injured servicemen. Sally is registered with BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, WPA, CIGNA and Simply Health.

Currently the bulk of Sally’s work is medico-legal and providing input to clients with traumatic brain injuries. Sally works closely with the patient, their family / carers and other professionals in the patient’s team to deliver meaningful therapy that is tailored to the individual and their interests / life situation.

See Sally on the front page of the Herald Scotland Newspaper, concerning her work with musician Edywn Collins.

Also read more about Edwyn's story and Sally's involvement in his case in Grace Maxwell's book.

Consultant: Simon Grobler

Simon Grobler is a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist working with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. He has experience in a wide range of settings including acute hospitals, in-patient rehabilitation units, outpatients, nursing homes and community teams.

Simon's particular clinical interests include aphasia (language difficulties after stroke or brain injury), cognitive communication difficulties, facial palsy (including the use of Trophic Electrical Stimulation), dysarthria and apraxia (clarity of speech difficulties) and the use of computer software in communication therapy. He is able to offer individualised goal-oriented assessment, advice and therapy to people with acquired neurological conditions (stroke and head injury), progressive neurological condition (for example Parkinson's Disease and MND) and voice disorders.

Consultant: Judith Barraondo

Judith Berraondo is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Neuro-Rehabilitation. She has worked with an extensive range of clients with neurological conditions in both the private sector and the NHS.

Judith enjoys working closely with the client and family to plan and execute therapy that is achievable, relevant and personal. She puts special emphasis on ensuring that therapy input has a functional rationale underpinning it.

Judith is a certified clinician in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), a voice/speech treatment technique for adults and children with motor speech disorders, with a specialty in Parkinson disease. She uses LSVT to improve or maintain speech in a range of acute and progressive neurological conditions. Her other clinical interests include cognitive communication disorders, swallowing disorders, and language difficulties following an acute neurological event.

Consultant: Antonella Cognetta

Antonella Cognetta graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 and has since gained diverse experience as a Speech and Language Therapist in both Australia and The United Kingdom. Antonella is highly skilled in the area of neurology and neuro-rehabilitation. She has worked in a variety of settings: in hospitals, rehabilitation units, outpatient services, domiciliary and nursing homes.

Antonella's areas of expertise lie in traumatic brain injury, stroke, progressive neurological conditions (eg. Parkinson's disease) and degenerative diseases (eg. dementia). She delivers high quality services for the assessment and management of swallowing, speech, language and cognitive-communication disorders. Antonella is also Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified and is able to tailor strategies for a variety of motor speech disorders.

Antonella works closely with families, carers and relevant others. She has strong training skills and has provided many communication workshops and training sessions for health professionals, families and carers. Antonella focuses on making her therapy meaningful and relevant; working closely with clients and families to devise goals. She is highly interested in counseling and the provision of a holistic, client centered service that is goal oriented. She can use mindfulness and relaxation techniques in her therapy to achieve client's goals.

Consultant: Nicola Atkins

Nicola Atkins graduated with a BSc in Psychology and Linguistics from Bristol UWE in 2002. She went on to work as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant in a large teaching hospital for two years before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma from City University in 2006.

Nicola has worked across acute in-patient and outpatient rehabilitative settings as well as running communication groups in the community. She has experience of working with a range of progressive and acquired neurological conditions and is skilled in assessing and treating speech, language and cognitive communication impairments. She also has extensive experience of working with clients who have neurological swallowing difficulties.

Nicola enjoys working closely with carers, families and multi disciplinary team members to plan and carry out therapy programmes that are personal and functional. She has written and carried out many training workshops for health and social care professionals to ensure that her communication impaired clients are fully supported in achieving their goals.

Consultant: Patricia Azzopardi

Patricia Azzopardi is a specialist Speech and Language Therapist who works with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. Since she graduated in 2002 she has continued to complete courses in both communication and dysphagia management including Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Videofluoroscopy and Positive Response Training. She has worked within neurology and neurosurgery, stroke and brain injury, care of the elderly and palliative care teams.

Patricia has a special interest in adult neuro-rehabilitation, designing evidenced-based therapy programs for clients with traumatic brain injury, stroke and degenerative neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease). She is highly experienced in assessing and treating disorders that impact on speech clarity, expressive and receptive language skills, cognitive-communication skills, voice and swallowing. Patricia also works with adolescents and adults who stammer.

Consultant: Lucy Goodwin

Lucy Goodwin is a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in adult neurology. She graduated with first class honours with clinical distinction from the University of Reading in 2010. She has since worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation units and outpatient clinics, as well as visiting clients in their own homes.

Lucy has extensive experience assessing and treating dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), dysphasia (language difficulties), dysarthria and dyspraxia (motor speech disorders).

Lucy works closely with clients and their families/carers to provide personalised therapy programmes.

Consultant (Assistant): Sima Ormazdi

Sima Ormazdi graduated with a BA (Hons) in Linguistics from University College London in 2006. She then began working as a teaching assistant, supporting children with special educational needs and carried out volunteering work with adults who have had a stroke for 2 years. In 2009, Sima trained as a Speech and Language therapist and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City University.

Although recently qualified, she has a wide range of experience from placements during training, volunteering as an assistant on a rehabilitation unit and local charities to support individuals with acquired neurological disorders.

She has gained insight in the wide range of communication disorders which include aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria as well as cognitive difficulties by carrying out assessments and individual therapy, working closely with family members/carers.

Sima has a keen interest in supporting individuals and their families who have gone through a life changing experience; educating them and promoting positive well being as a whole.

Consultant: Karen Mann

Karen Mann has over 17 years’ experience working with young people and adults with a range of acquired neurological disorders including stroke, head injury and progressive neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. She has worked privately and in the NHS in various London hospitals including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery for 10 years.

Her particular clinical interests are: aphasia (language difficulties after stroke or brain injury); cognitive communication disability; the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems (high and low tech communication aids); the impact of communication disability on return to work or college as well as dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).

She is committed to providing a client-centred approach which is informed by the most up to date clinical evidence.

Consultant: Lisa Robson

Lisa Robson is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who works with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. Her specific interests are in neuro-rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and progressive conditions.

Since qualifying from Newcastle University in 2007, she has worked with patients in a range of settings including hospitals, inpatient neuro-rehabilitation units, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and patient’s own homes.

Lisa has experience of working with a range neurological conditions and is skilled in assessing and treating resulting speech, language, voice, cognitive communication impairments and swallowing difficulties. She is also a certified clinician in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). Lisa aims to combine evidence based treatment with the client’s own personal goals to achieve functional outcomes that have impacts on everyday life/ situations.

Consultant: Alexandra Carter

Alexandra Carter is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Neuro-Rehabilitation. Alexandra graduated with a BSc from University College London in 2008 and has vast experience in the assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders with clients who have a variety of neurological conditions, including Stroke, Head Injury and progressive disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease.

Alexandra works within a Multi-Disciplinary Neuro Rehabilitation Team, where she enjoys working closely with other disciplines, setting meaningful joint goals and working closely with the clients’ families.

Alexandra is a certified clinician in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), a specialised voice/speech therapy technique and has carried this out with many adults with Parkinson’s Disease. She has also qualified in carrying out Videofluoroscopies, a swallow x-ray to aid with management of clients with swallowing difficulties.

Consultant: Claire Goodall

Claire Goodall is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist whose experience lies mainly with managing adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. She has experience of assessing and managing a variety of client groups including patients with MND, Stroke MS, Parkinson's disease, Dementia, and respiratory conditions.

She graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University back in 2012 and has been largely working in the NHS over the last 3 years. Claire has worked within a variety of clinical settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, as well as working with patients in their own homes.

Claire is very passionate about maximising patients quality of life and helping them to regain their independence. Claire prides herself in building a good rapport with both her patients and their relatives/carers.

Our Colleagues / Other Professionals

Sally has a strong network of contacts in the field of neuro-rehabilitation. She works especially closely with a core team of neuro-physiotherapists, neuro-OTs and neuropsychologists – see for more information. Sally also works with other professionals such as Brain Injury Counsellors and Music Therapists. See below for details:

Neuro-Physiotherapist: Sally de la Fontaine

Sally de la Fontaine MCSP & Registered with the Health Professions Council.

Sally graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1986 from The Middlesex Hospital, London and started to specialise in neurology in 1989 at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London.

She has since worked in neurology at St Mary’s Hospital (London), The Wolfson Neurology Unit (London), Unsted Park Rehabilitation Unit (Nr Guildford) and Heatherwood Hospital (Ascot)

Sally uses a problem-solving approach to the management and treatment of neurological patients, which includes the Bobath approach.

She is involved with clinical teaching and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN), the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP), a support group interested in Facial Oral Tract Therapy (FOTT) and the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)

Neuro - Occupational Therapist: Laura Slader

Laura graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 from the West London Institute of Education (Brunel University). Her first full-time position at St Mary’s Hospital, London, W2 began a varied career in many areas of occupational therapy including oncology, musculoskeletal, accident & emergency , neurology and intermediate care based predominantly in London hospitals and communities.

It was during her years abroad from 1996 working in Australia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia that she specialised in neurology – both physical dysfunction and brain injury. Returning to the UK, Laura continued to work in London community rehabilitation teams specialised in neurology and intermediate care and now balances her independent work with an NHS management role.

Laura has been fortunate enough to work with some expert therapists and received specialist training including Bobath; Carr & Shepherd and Rood during her years as a practising therapist. She has developed an eclectic style, ‘tailor making’ the best approach to meet the neurological client’s identified needs. Laura maintains her continuous professional development through regular attendance of appropriate courses and conferences; providing presentations and training to a variety of professional groups and businesses; being a member of an allied health peer support group; providing regular and structured supervision to junior occupational therapists working in independent practise and receiving regular mentoring.

Laura holds full professional membership of British Association of Occupational Therapy; registered with the Health Professional council; member of the Occupational Therapist Specialist Section for Neurological Practise and Occupational Therapists in Private Practise. COTAS (College of Occupational Therapy Advisory Section) registered. She is BUPA recognised, AMPs calibrated and has a NVQ assessor qualification.

Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist: Dr. Shai Betteridge, BSC (Hons), MSc, PsychD, CPsychol

Dr. Shai Betteridge graduated in psychology in 1994 and subsequently worked in various areas related to the research and application of neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. She graduated as a Health Psychologist from City University, London in 1998, and obtained her Doctoral Qualification in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey in 2003. She obtained her postgraduate qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in 2006. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Full Practitioner Member of the Division of Neuropsychology, and she is HPC registered.

During her career she has always had a special interest in neuropsychological rehabilitation and has published research in this field. She has worked at a number of world renowned institutions such as The Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre, St George's Hospital, London; The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability; The Wellington Hospital, London, Broadmoor Hospital, and The Homerton University Hospital. She has also worked in various Community Neurorehabilitation Teams in Surrey, City and Hackney. Her broad range of experience has helped her to develop extensive knowledge and experience in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. Dr Betteridge also has a keen interest in national government agendas that impact on the field of neurorehabilitation and sits on various working parties committed to quality improvement and excellence (e.g. Department of Health and BPS led Mental Capacity Act Development Group). She is also proactively involved in providing training to other clinicians, and she provides core teaching modules in neuropsychology and health psychology for the Clinical Psychology Training Courses in the South Thames Region.

Brain Injury Counsellor: Katie Carroll

Katie Carroll is a specialist Brain Injury Counsellor working with adults and their families with Acquired Brain Injuries and Neurological Impairments. She originally graduated as an OT from Brunel University in 2000 and has since worked in acute settings and neuro rehabilitation.

In 2002 Katie undertook post-graduate training to achieve an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in 2006. Katie provides a professional counselling service to clients with acquired brain injuries and neurological impairment. She uses an integrative approach to deliver her service, with emphasis on client led goals and functional therapy to maximise performance in everyday life.

Music Therapist: Graeme Davis (AGSM (Teach & Perf), MMT (NR), HPC registered)

Graeme is a professional musician who trained at the Guildhall of Music and Drama and then at the renowned Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre. He has worked as a Music Therapist with both adults and children and has a varied caseload working with many client groups; neuro-disability, learning disability, mental health and palliative clients.

The benefits of Speech and Language Therapy and Music Therapy alongside each other are well documented. For many clients, music therapy aids expression and impacts positively on language and speech processing.

Graeme works both within the NHS and private sector. He covers Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, South Northants and Hertfordshire. If you would like further information about Graeme, please mention Linguistic Resolutions and contact him at or 07816 940 050.

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