Profile:Sarah Gibbin

Sarah Gibbin


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Sarah Gibbin

Consultant Speech & Language Therapist & Expert Witness
MRes (communication disorders), BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences

Sarah is a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist with specialist post-graduate training in communication disorders post traumatic brain injury and acquired swallowing disorders (Masters level qualifications). Since qualifying in 2003 from University College London, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including acute hospital wards, nursing homes, inpatient neurorehabilitation units, secure units for challenging behaviours, intermediate care services, outpatient community neurorehabilitation and educational settings.

Throughout her career, Sarah has held a strong interest and developed extensive experience working with older children, adolescents and adults with acquired and traumatic brain injury. Sarah works full time in independent practice as a consultant speech and language therapist and director at Arbor Neurorehabilitation Services, leading the speech and language therapy team.

Sarah provides specialist assessment, intervention, and management of older children, adolescents and adults with acquired speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties secondary to acquired and traumatic brain injuries. In addition, Sarah works as an expert witness for medico-legal cases, via Somek & Associates (www.somek.com),
providing specialist speech & language therapy assessment and reports required for court proceedings.

Sarah is currently the chair of the South West Brain Injury clinical excellence network which involves organising regional study days biannually. Sarah has been a visiting lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University on the topic of conversation and social skills post traumatic brain injury, and regularly participates in research opportunities. Sarah regularly speaks at specialist study days and conferences.

Sarah enjoys working with a diverse range of swallowing, speech, language and communication disorders. She applies evidence-based practice to assessment and therapy methods, and particularly enjoys the rehabilitation and adjustment aspect of working with these clients. Sarah has experience of working with clients, families, friends, carers, support workers and educational staff when addressing the communication needs of an individual and developing strategies that can optimise independent communication skills in the long-term.

Sarah has good awareness and knowledge of AAC and current technology and software packages that can support both verbal and written language communication skills. She has a specialist interest in working with adults with social communication disorders post brain injury and delivering therapy within social and community settings or group therapy.

Sarah enjoys working with the individual and focusing on personal requirements of therapeutic intervention and working closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. She recognises the need for flexible therapy delivery and will consider a variety of therapy intervention patterns that are most suitable for a client. Sarah is experienced in working with adults with a wide variety of swallowing, language and communication difficulties and is always happy to discuss any potential referral.

She is registered with the HCPC (regulatory body), is a member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).

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