Area of expertise: feeding difficulties in infants and children, autism spectrum disorders, motor speech disorders.
Since qualifying from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1983, Helen has worked almost exclusively in the field of children's neurology, working with children with:
- cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions
- complex language disorders
- learning disabilities
At Evelina London, Helen manages the speech and language therapy (SLT) service to inpatients across all paediatric specialties, including:
She also leads the regional medical feeding clinic with neurology, dietetics and psychology colleagues, and the Paediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study Service.
She is an honorary lecturer at City University.
- feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties in infants and children.
- ethical decision-making and safeguarding in relation to feeding disorders.
- autistic spectrum disorders and feeding disorders.
- motor speech disorders, including Worster-Drought Syndrome.
- saliva control.
- parents’ understanding of videofluoroscopy
- medical management of saliva control
- the role of the speech and language therapist in the management of behavioural feeding difficulties.