Welcome to the 'TalkOut site!  In this site, I aim to give a brief overview of the services offered and how I work - please feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more gemma@talkout.co.uk.

My name is Gemma Kayum.  I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2000.  I worked for NHS services for 12 years and now practice fully as an independent Speech and Language Therapist.  Based in Shepton Mallet, I cover Somerset and surrounding counties, working mainly with children and young people.

I offer a highly specialist perspective on communication - enabling provision of sensitive and accurate assessment and realistic, child-led approaches to supporting positive and meaningful change. 

I have lots of positive outcomes working with children and young people whose behaviours can be very challenging, including those who are more reluctant to engage, as well as those with more confrontational behaviours.  Experiences with those with persistent and severe emotional and behavioural issues (including those with autistic spectrum disorders, attachment disorders and survivors of trauma and abuse), have helped me to develop strategies to support children and young people with a wide range of social, emotional and behavioural needs.

I invest wholeheartedly with the clients I work with.  Continuity and consistency of care are a priority in services I offer - effective engagement with a client, facilitates the most effective change.

I feel very privileged, not only to be in a position to support my clients and their families, but also to share their journey and learn from and enjoy each child.

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