Profile:Catherine Heaps

Catherine Heaps


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Catherine Heaps

Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Neurology
MSc Speech and Language Sciences

Having qualified from UCL in 2006, Catherine is a highly trained speech and language therapist specialising in acquired adult neurological conditions and has a breadth of clinical experience.

She is experienced in the assessment and management of patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions including traumatic brain injuries, non-traumatic brain injuries such as stroke, brain tumours, encephalitis and progressive neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntingdon’s or Motor-Neurone Disease.

She has extensive experience of working with people with aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, dysphagia and cognitive communication difficulties. Experience in both the acute and post-acute stages of recovery and adjustment, enables Catherine to carefully select and administer assessments that are both thorough and accurate, as well as tailoring intervention programmes to individual needs.

Catherine has worked as a highly specialist SLT in a variety of inpatient acute, intensive inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient domiciliary and slower stream community rehabilitation settings. She is highly adept at working autonomously, as well as part of an interdisciplinary team. Catherine is currently working both independently in neurorehabilitation and in a community stroke rehabilitation team.

Catherine is passionate and proficient in delivering a wide range of therapeutic interventions one-to-one and in groups. Catherine is driven by patient-led collaborative goal setting in therapy, through restoration and remediation of function where possible, as well as through utilisation of compensatory and adaptive approaches to recovery. She has knowledge and experience of using technology in both assessment and rehabilitation of swallowing and communication difficulties, including both high-tech and low-tech alternative augmentative communication (AAC) systems, including the use of switches, eye gaze systems or the use of the iPad in therapy.

Catherine tailors assessments and intervention depending on the needs of individuals, by drawing upon different therapeutic approaches, including, but not limited to motivational interviewing, project-based interventions, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

‘I thrive on the challenge of working with such diverse and complex clients and significant others. I am extremely passionate and rewarded by working with people in the post-acute phase of their recovery and in the community, where you can agree and achieve functionally relevant goals.’

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