Essex team - C&D Independent Speech & Language Therapy
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About us: Essex team

Our qualified Speech and Language Therapists are registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

C&D Speech and Language Therapists attend regular training and Clinical Excellence Networks, have high levels of supervision and meet with professional colleagues regularly to maintain and enhance skills.


Cassandra Pierson

Speech and Language Therapist

Cassie is one of the service leads in C&D, overseeing the Essex team.

She has experience working with children of all ages with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties in schools and clinical settings. Particular areas of interest include speech delay and disorders and secondary aged difficulties. She is qualified and experienced in the use of Makaton signing, British Sign Language (BSL), Signalong, Lidcombe Early Stammering Intervention Programme and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has experience of working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), speech delay/disorder and language delay/disorder.

Cassie works in schools and clinic in mid and north Essex but she will be on maternity leave from September 2019.

Cassie loves aerial arts and spending time with her family.


Anita Frediani

Speech and Language Therapist

Anita qualified from De Montfort University in 2011. After working in a primary school for a year, she moved to Colchester where she worked for the NHS for five years. Anita has experience of working in mainstream nurseries, schools, children’s centres and clinics, and has delivered training courses to parents, education staff and health professionals. She is also the author of a course for parents and children which is delivered in children’s centres across north-east Essex. Anita has training and experience in the use of PECS, Attention Autism, Makaton signing, the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme and Colourful Semantics. She is also trained to deliver Talk Boost KS1 training and is an Elklan tutor.

Anita works in clinic, schools and homes in north Essex and specialises in working with pre-school aged children.

Anita loves Marvel, Star Wars and Disney films!


Natalie Bollu

Speech and Language Therapist

Natalie qualified from City University London in 2016 and has worked with children and adolescents with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties in schools and clinical settings. She is trained and experienced in using various therapy techniques including: Word Aware, Lego Therapy, Attention Autism, Signalong, Cued Articulation, Solution Focused Practice, Swindon Fluency and Colourful Semantics.

Natalie works with schools in mid and south Essex. She specialises in dysfluency.

Outside work, Natalie loves hiking, travelling, all things Disney and star/planet gazing with her telescope!


Gail Evans

Speech and Language Therapist

Gail trained as a Speech and Language Therapist after time spent travelling, teaching, working in the media and having three children.  Since qualifying, she has worked primarily with clients with Learning Disabilities. Gail is qualified and experienced in the use of Makaton signing, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Shape Coding and Social Stories.

Gail works in our clinic. Her particular areas of interest include Autistic Spectrum Disorder and selective mutism.

Gail loves live music and theatre, when she finds the time in between looking after her children and growing menagerie (fish, cats, a tortoise, and now a puppy!)


Naomi Davis

Speech and Language Therapist

Naomi is newly qualified, graduating from the University of Essex in 2019 with a MSc in Speech and Language Therapy. She has previously worked in stroke rehabilitation and in special schools as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant.

Naomi is qualified in Makaton signing, British Sign Language and Social Stories and has experience working with children with learning difficulties, Autism, hearing impairment and language delay.

Naomi will be working in our clinic and in schools in the Colchester area.

Outside of work, Naomi loves dancing, festivals, travelling and then cooking food for friends inspired by her travels.


Kerry McCrory

Speech and Language Therapist

Kerry is a newly qualified practitioner who graduated from Reading University this year with a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy. Kerry enjoys helping children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and implementing different forms of Alternative and Augmentative Communication.

Kerry will be working from our clinic over the summer holidays, then in schools in the Basildon area from September.


Natalie Hayward

Administrative Assistant

Natalie works in our clinic to carry out the administration duties, including answering enquiries via the telephone and email systems, booking appointments, completing daily and monthly invoicing, and assisting the team with any other duties as required.

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending most of her free time with her daughter, family, friends and dog. Her hobbies and interests include caring for her horse, horse riding, cycling, jet skiing and other water sports.

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