ASL Allen Speech & Language

Jessica Allen graduated from City University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy, with her first degree being a BSc (hons) in Biology from Imperial College London.

Jessica has worked as a Speech & Language Therapist in the NHS in a range of settings including; mainstream and special schools, nurseries, community clinics and childrens' centres.

Jessica has also gained extensive experience in training teaching staff and other professionals as well as working with parents and carers. Immediate intervention along with collaborative working is focused upon in sessions in order to achieve maximum success for the client.

Jessica is committed to providing evidence based practice from the latest research and has been awarded a distinction in a Masters level research project, focusing on the role of Parent-Child Interaction in Speech & Language Therapy. This research is published in The International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.


Gemma Attfield graduated from Birmingham City University in June 2015 and joined the ASL team in September 2015.

Gemma is working with our students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.

Gemma has also undertaken postgraduate training in Stammering Therapy.


Natasha Frost is a London based Independent Therapist who graduated from University of Sydney in 1996.

Natasha has joined the ASL team to work in a school in London specialising in students with Autistric Specrum Disorders and Emotional, Social and Behavioural Difficulties.

Natasha has extensive experience with this client group and is also a certified Drama Therapist.


Tara Millan-Brophy is a London based therapist who graduated from Sheffield University in 2015.

Tara is working with students with Emotional, Social and Behavioural Difficulties and /or Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Tara is also undertaking an Applied Behaviour Analysis MSc.


Michael O'Connell graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2013 and is currently studying PGDip Psychological Science.

Michael is a London based therapy working in our Outreach Team.


Sally Dickens has 30 years experience and extensive specialist training.

Sally will be supporting our students with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Difficulties in our Outreach Team in Essex

Research and Publications

A research article on Parent Child Interaction by Jessica Allen and Chloe Marshall has been published in the International Journal for Language and Communication Disorders in July-August 2011, Volume 46, pages 375-496.

A feature article in the Bulletin magazine September 2011 has also been published to accompany this research.

A book review of the use of Conversational Analysis in Parent Child Interaction by Jessica Allen has been published in The International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders in March-April 2012, Volume 47:2.


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