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Zoe Gillespie Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Zoë has been a qualified Speech and Language Therapist since 2015. She enjoys working closely with families from her own experience of having an Autistic family member. She is passionate about providing children and young people with a voice and supporting them to increase their confidence and independence.

Zoë has experience working in a wide range of settings from Nursery to College age. She has worked with a variety of children and young people including those with Visual Impairment, Autism, PMLD and Down Syndrome. Zoë currently works in clinic, SEN and mainstream schools and co-leads the SEN School Service at SLT for Kids. She loves working creatively to engage children and young people in their learning and make Speech and Language Therapy fun!


BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology - Manchester Metropolitan University

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Zoe utilises a person-centred approach to ensure the needs of the children and young people she supports are met.

Zoe Gillespie

Zoe's specialities

Early language development, Social Communication and Interaction, Visual Impairment, AAC.

Professional memberships

Zoe works in accordance to the professional and ethical guidelines set by the HCPC and RCSLT.

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
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Timeline (employment history)



Graduated from MMU



Teaching Assistant in a mainstream Primary School



NHS Speech and Language Therapist in SEN School and pre-school clinic




Speech and Language Therapist for a charity in SEN Schools and mainstream schools



Speech and Language Therapist at SLT for Kids


What inspired you to become a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist?

My younger brother attended a Specialist school for ASD. At a young age, I remember going to a parent and family information session at his school one evening- this is the first time I met a Speech and Language Therapist. I found the session really enjoyable and informative and asked if I could do some work experience there when I was High School age. I absolutely loved every minute- all the activities play-based so the pupils really enjoyed all the work we did with them. I was sold on the idea that I could make a real difference to children and families through Speech and Language Therapy.

Is there a speech, language, communication or swallowing condition you enjoy working with the most?

I love working with a variety of children as it means I’m consistently learning and get to be creative! I really enjoy working with children who have a diagnosis of ASD though as I find it really rewarding! Whether I’m targeting functional communication skills to support them to get their needs met or social communication skills, I can make a real difference to the child’s wellbeing!

What do you like doing in your spare time?

My absolute favourite thing to do is to go out to restaurants- pasta is my favourite! I also love going to the gym to burn off all the pasta I eat and stay fit and healthy. I really love going to the cinema to watch movies with a large bowl of popcorn! Scary movies are my favourite.

What is your favourite thing about being a speech and language therapist with SLT for Kids?

I love working as part of such a skilled team- I learn so much from my colleagues. We have frequently opportunities to shadow each other, giving us the opportunity to work with different client groups and get some fresh ideas for our own caseloads!

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We are a team of enthusiastic speech and language therapists that are always looking for more dedicated paediatric therapists to join our valued team.

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Speech Clinic

Our speech and language therapists provide a range of services for children with speech, language and communication needs.

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Voice Clinic

We provide specialist speech and language therapy services for children with voice support needs.

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Feeding Clinic

Our expert speech and language therapists provide a range of services for children with eating, drinking and swallowing support needs, alongside our professionals multidisciplinary team.

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