Supporting and empowering you to maximise children’s communication skills.
Natalie Wright is an experienced children's speech and language therapist who provides high quality, private speech and language therapy services to children, families and professionals who support them, in and around Exeter and online. Natalie specialises in supporting and empowering parents and practitioners to maximise children's language and social communication skills in the early years.
*Services are mainly being provided by telephone or online due to COVID-19. Some services are being provided in person, where the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is minimal, and there is a greater risk to the child of them NOT receiving in-person services.*
Young Children & Families
Assessment, advice and therapy for children up to the age of 5 years or the end of Reception year. Usually provided in their home setting or online.
Children with Selective Mutism
Assessment, advice and therapy for pre-school and primary school age children with selective mutism. Usually provided in their education setting.
Early Years Training & Support
High quality speech and language therapy training and support for professionals working with children and families in the early years.
Professional supervision for speech and language therapists in line with guidance from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
“I believe that communication skills and confidence are central to children living happy, successful and fulfilling lives. I am passionate about supporting young children to communicate successfully and confidently to enable them to thrive in their relationships, emotional wellbeing and learning."
“I chose the Rainbow Lorikeet as the FreeMe Speech and Language Therapy logo as it captures my vision of children flying high and reaching their full potential in life when they have the freedom to communicate."
"I strongly believe in the benefits of empowering parents, carers and practitioners with the knowledge, confidence and skills to maximise children's communication development as early as possible in ther lives."
Natalie qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1996 with a BMedSci (Hons) degree from the University of Sheffield. She has over 20 years experience working with children in NHS and charity sectors, and since 2016 in independent practice.
Natalie is experienced in helping children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in a variety of settings, including homes, nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres, mainstream and independent schools, special schools, and a specialist children's assessment centre.
Natalie specialises in supporting and empowering parents to maximise children's language and social communication skills in the early years. Her special interests include autism and selective mutism. Natalie is trained in a variety of evidence-based therapy approaches and believes in supporting young children's communication development as a natural part of their everyday interactions. She is dedicated to providing high quality speech and language therapy services that are holistic, collaborative, tailored to individual needs and ultimately make a positive difference to the lives of children and families.
Natalie maintains enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and is a registered member of the...
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): the regulatory body that sets standards of conduct, performance and ethics for speech and language therapists (SLTs) practising in the UK.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT): the professional body for SLTs practising in the UK.
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP): provides information that helps members of the public to find an independent SLT in the UK, and supports independent SLTs in developing their practice so that they can offer the best possible service to their clients.
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): the UK’s independent data protection regulator.
Online Speech and Language Therapy Services Natalie offers online services using the video conferencing platform Zoom as an alternative to, or in comination with, in-person services. The same high quality services can be provided online as in person - assessment, therapy, meetings, training, supervision. Studies show that online speech and language therapy is as effective as therapy provided in person. For very young children and those who find it difficult to interact with the therapist online, assessment and therapy activities can be effectively carried out through parents (e.g. coaching, training, advice, support).
You can access online services from anywhere in the UK with a good internet connection, and from a place where you and your child feel most comfortable (e.g. home, nursery/school).
There are no additional travel costs.
Many children feel comfortable with technology and find it fun and motivating to engage in online activities that incorporate their interests.
Children who struggle with attention can find it easier to fcous on activities on a screen with fewer distracting materials.
Online sessions are generally more focused, which can result in more learning in less time.
Natalie offers a no obligation initial consultation and trial to determine whether online speech and language therapy is suitable for your child and family.