The Expressive Child Speech & Language Therapy in Surrey

An independent children's Speech and Language Therapy practice offering therapy to children across the UK and abroad via teletherapy, and in person in Walton-on-Thames.

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Our approach is holistic and integrative, and we use a 'whole-child' approach. This means we seek to understand the child's difficulties with communication, and also address the impact of the child's communication on the lives of them and their families. We work within this context to help them develop communication skills alongside building their confidence, self-esteem, resilience, social skills and their ability to interact and navigate the world appropriately, rather than focusing purely on academic attainment or targets.

Many children are able to learn language and communicate easily with their parents, friends and other adults. But for some children, this doesn't happen. This can be a worrying time for parents. You may wonder if you need to be concerned and what you can do to help.

A speech and language therapist is a professional trained to work with you and your child to assess if your child needs a little extra help, and if so, what options are available. This may involve direct therapy with your child, training for people who work with your child, or activities that you can do at home. Often a combination of these can be most helpful.

Meet our team

All of our therapists are fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist (Cert.MRCSLT) selected for their outstanding clinical knowledge and their ability to build strong relationships with children and families.
We have experience working in the NHS, in children’s homes, schools, specialist centres, nurseries and hospitals. We have experience of working with children who have needs ranging from difficulties pronouncing one single sound, to children with complex physical needs affecting their communication difficulties.

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Jenni Lindinger

Jenni is the founder and clinical director of the therapy practice, and registered Speech and Language Therapist. Jenni has worked in the NHS, hospitals, clinics, speech and language units and in schools. She enjoys building relationships with the families she works with, and getting to know the unique qualities of the children she works with. She has a special interest in selective mutism, stammering child mental health and social skills in relation to anxiety and depression. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her young family, dancing, reading and gardening. One of her favourite quotes is ,'People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.' Carl R. Rogers,

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Sunny is our Director of School services, and joined us after having worked in the NHS for a long time. She specialises in setting up and running services in schools, helping schools to support all of their children with communication, as well as to provide more targeted and specialist help to those children who need extra support. She enjoys working alongside teachers to set up communication friendly classrooms, help differentiate for children who need that, and training teachers and TAs in how to run therapy themselves, up-skilling the school themselves, and allowing her to focus individual work on those children who really need individual help.
Additionally, Sunny has post-qualification training in stammering, selective mutism and shape coding as well as substantial expreience working with ASD and speech difficulties. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, being creative with crafts and family-time. One of her favourite quotes is 'It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop'. Confucius

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Nicky Matheson

Nicky has worked for both the NHS and private practice in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, nurseries and clients homes. She has worked internationally in schools and private practice. She has worked with children with a wide range of communication difficulties and has a particular interest in selective mutism, language disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys family time with her two children as well as walking, going for bike rides and cooking. One of her favourite quotes is 'You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think' (Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne)'.  

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Holly is a fully qualified Speech and Language therapist. She has a wide range of experience within mainstream schools, early years community settings and in clinic settings. She has additional training in language development for children with ASD (having completed clinical research into this area) and children who have genetic disorders. She brings to our team fantastic experience from working with children who have complex physical needs (e.g. cerebral palsy), complex communication needs and ASD. She is currently participating in the ‘Outstanding Clinician Programme’ meaning she brings the latest in cutting edge research to her practice.
Holly has also spent time abroad working with children in voluntary projects to help develop their communications skills, in both Thailand and South Africa. She has a particular interest in developing and running training for professionals working with people who have communication difficulties.

Outside of work, she enjoys yoga and aerobics. One of her favourite quotes is ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce” – Shakespeare, (The Tempest)

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Emma Sherry

Emma is a dual qualified Speech and Language therapist and teacher. She has worked internationally in NHS, education and independently with young children through to teenagers. Her experience as a teacher means she brings to our team a unique way of collaborating with our education colleagues, and supporting children academically through speech and language therapy. She has worked with children with a wide range of communication difficulties and particularly enjoys working with children who have social communication difficulties, speech sound difficulties and struggle with language development. Outside of work, she enjoys family time with her children as well as running, reading, cooking and travelling. One of her favourite quotes is ‘You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing'.  

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Joanna Hickey

Joanna is a registered Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for the NHS for many years, and currently continues to do so whilst working part time in our practice. Most recently she has worked within mainstream schools and a senior service manager, and also has a great amount of experience in clinics and specialist units. Jo enjoys working with children with a wide range of communication difficulties and has a particular interest in language disorders, social communication skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys family time with her two children, reading and cooking. One of her favourite quotes is 'Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.' Albert Einstein

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Kerry Daly

Kerry is our therapy centre co-ordinator, and makes the magic happen for the rest of the team. She looks after the team's diaries, liaises with our families and makes sure that things run smoothly. She's the first person you are likely to be in touch with when contacting the therapy practice, and the one who will almost certainly be able to help you with all of the practical questions. Outside of work, Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, teaching fitness classes and seeing friends. One of her favourite quotes is 'But then I realized, what do they really know? This is MY idea, I thought. No one knows it like I do. And it’s okay if it’s different, and weird, and maybe a little crazy.' Kobi Yamada /b/


We work with children and young adults across the UK and internationally using online video facilities, and in person in north Surrey.
We have a therapy centre with rooms based in Walton-on-Thames, and are able to offer Speech and Language Therapy at home and in schools and nurseries within Walton-on-Thames and surrounding areas, (e.g. Hersham, Weybridge, Esher, Sunbury-on-Thames, Shepperton, East and West Molesey, Weybridge, Chertsey, Ottershaw, Byfleet, Cobham)

If you are concerned about your child's language, speech or communication skills then please feel free to call for a confidential, free chat on 07835 394078 or email.

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The Expressive Child trades under the name The Expressive Child Ltd and is a Limited Company registered in England (10782819). Registered Office:. 12 Walton Business Centre, 44-46 Terrace Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. KT12 2SD