Lucie Cox has recently joined The Cavendish School as our Speech and Language Therapist. We’re delighted to welcome her to the team and have asked her a few questions so you can get to know her:
- Tell us a bit about your background…
After qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2004,I started working with children who had a broad range of Speech, Language and Communication Needs, including autism, in London. Following a move to Cornwall for a new adventure, I worked with the Cornwall NHS Autism Assessment Multi-disciplinary Team across the Primary and Secondary age ranges before moving back to London to support the autism provision, and mainstream part of the school, in a Primary Academy. During my time in London I also trained as a Makaton Tutor to advance my skills in Language and Communication development. Having returned to my home-city of Cambridge in 2020, I worked as a Makaton Tutor and as an assessor for online education course ‘Platform 3’, before joining The Cavendish School in 2021.
- How did you get started with your current work?
Prior to training as a Speech and Language Therapist, I was a Learning Support Assistant in a Primary School in London and worked closely with the Speech and Language Therapist there. Loving this aspect of my role, I decided to train as a Speech and Language Therapist myself!
- What challenges have you previously faced?
I have always been an advocate for children and young people with autism as well as Speech, Language and Communication Needs, and have worked with staff to support changes of knowledge and perspective, such as modelling specific interventions and delivering training.
- What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments?
I am most proud of, and most value, the good relationships I have built with children and young people, their families and the school teams that I have worked with in my career to date. I look forward to forging new ones at The Cavendish School.
- What inspires you?
I am most inspired about getting to know children and young people; finding out what their motivators to feel good are, how we can improve the quality of their lives, and how we can work on their communication to help them achieve this.
- What are you currently focusing on?
I’m currently focusing on continuing my learning journey to ensure I am expanding my awareness and understanding of the lived experience of autism, from people with autism and their families.