Staff Profile


Mrs Leona Talsma

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Medway

Tel: 01227 924428

Profile summary

In addition to teaching for Canterbury Christ Church University on the PG Speech and Language Therapy programme, I also practice as a Speech and Language Therapist within a secondary academy.  This dual role supports my interest in research-led interventions for secondary-aged pupils with speech, language and communication needs.  I am a PROMPT trained therapist and I use this technique within my clinical practice.  My teaching responsiblities include phonetics, speech and language development and impairment in addition to dysfluency. I have a strong interest in speech sound disorders and evidence-based practice and attend several CEN events for on-going professional development.

I have a long-standing interest in dyslexia and completed a PG Diploma in dyslexia and Literacy several years ago.  I have also completed a Masters degree in Language and Communication Impairment in Children with Sheffield University. 

Research and knowledge exchange

I have worked with colleagues from a range of SLT providers both the NHS and private practice on several work-based research projects.  Previous research projects have included the use of signing to support understanding of emotional vocabulary in young people with ASD and the impact of sleep on word-learning.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and registered with the Health Care Professions Council.  I attend several Clinical Excellence Networks:  Working with Secondary-aged Pupils, Speech Disorders, and Language Impairments in Schools. 

External activities

I have previously written articles published in professional magazines, reviewed books and DVDs and presented a poster at conference.


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