Claire Heslop


Independent Speech and Language Therapist

Having completed my training at University College London with a BSc (Hons) in Speech Sciences in 1998 I worked in the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist for a number of years trying to find my perfect job. In 2006 I set up my independent practice. I am pleased to say I have now found my perfect job. I am extremely lucky to be able to provide speech and language therapy to families and children where I can provide the type and amount of therapy that is felt to be best suited to the individual and family I am working with.

I am passionate about developing children’s communication to the highest level they can achieve.

I have two children of my own so understand the pressures that parents face when trying to help their children achieve their full potential. We can do this within a fun, relaxed atmosphere so the children hopefully never realise how hard they are working!

I have to admit to being an outdoorsy person and love nothing better than a family walk on a Sunday afternoon or sneaking off and indulging my love of riding.

Little known facts about me:

  • I cannot surf to save my life!
  • I hate not doing something that scares me (just a little bit)!

Employment experience


Principal SLT at The Speech House, providing independent Speech and Language Therapy to children within the local area who have speech, language or social communication difficulties as well as young children who stutter.

2005 – 2006

Specialist SLT with Bracknell Forest PCT working with pre-school special needs children.

2004- 2005

Locum Specialist SLT with Bracknell Forest PCT and also North Hants PCT working with pre-school special needs children.

Summer 2004

Locum Specialist SLT with St Mary’s Child Development Centre, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

2003 – 2004

SLT Team Leader, Dingley Child Development Centre, Reading


SLT with North Hants PCT working with children in mainstream schools, preschool children with special needs, severe learning difficulties and feeding difficulties.


Locum SLT with North Hants PCT working with adult in and out patients and children in mainstream schools.


Backpacking around South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.


SLT with Parkside Health NHS Trust working with adult outpatients, children in mainstream schools, children with severe learning difficulties and children in community clinics.