Dr Nkiru Asiegbunam
Speech and Language Therapist
My undergraduate studies in Linguistics together with early experiences of trying to communicate with a grandfather who had suffered a severe stroke, initially inspired me to train as a Speech and Language Therapist.
I qualified from City University, London in 2001 and since then, I have worked with adults and children in various NHS and education settings with a range of communication difficulties including, speech and language difficulties following stroke, voice disorders, delayed and disordered speech and language in children in mainstream and special schools.
Prior to joining the team at Highshore in 2013, I worked in a Specialist Unit for Children with ASC, providing an outreach service to mainstream primary schools in West Kent and working with Consultant Community Paediatricians in an Autism Diagnostic Clinic in Tunbridge Wells.
Advice Worker (vacant)
The Advice worker’s role includes:
- Facilitating the Parents resource making group
- Assisting families in accessing services, completing forms and paperwork (including Benefits, Transport and Housing)
- Working with parents to improve pupil attendance at school
- Being able to offer individual support through home visits
- Attending parents evenings/meetings
- Sourcing information for parents e.g. Holiday programmes, enrichment opportunities
- Liaising with the Parent group and supporting their activities such as; our International Evening and Leavers Prom
We aim to support parents and families by:
- We have a weekly newsletter which can be emailed to parents in addition to the hard copy that goes home every Friday
- We hold parent and governor meeting at least twice yearly
- We hold half termly parent drop in sessions, attended by our Speech and Language Therapists (SALT), Occupational Therapist (OT), School Nurse and Family Worker.
- Our Family Worker holds half termly coffee mornings
- Our website and Twitter feeds are update regularly
- Computer (ICT) Training, Keeping Safe Online training (E-Safety) and Makaton Communication training
- Elklan (speech and language) training, E-Safety Training and workshops on reading at home with your child
Keeping Abreast of Change
- We ensure our Family Worker and relevant colleagues keep up to date with training
- Offer a ‘Destinations’ meeting for parents of year 14 pupils to assist with the changing provisions for students moving on from Highshore