The Expressive Child Speech & Language Therapy in Surrey

Speech & language therapy in Walton on Thames and surrounding areas

Our Team

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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 the psychological aspects of communication difficulties and the therapeutic aspects of clinical interventions, as well as stammering and selective mutism. 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,
Jenni has additional training in:
Lidcombe programme of Early Stuttering Intervention
Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (Michael Palin Centre)
Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme
Advanced Shape Coding
Selective Mutism (Advanced Masterclass) (Maggie Johnson)
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention (CBITS) for Tics & Tourettes Syndrome, (Tourettes Action)
Counselling Skills Theory (NCFE Level 3) (Kingston College)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for allied health professionals
Stuttering for Teens
The School-Aged Child who Stutters
Stuttering Clinical SkillsColourful Semantics
Word Aware (Stephen Parsons)
Makaton (Levels 1&2)
Attention Autism (Gina Davies)
Safeguarding Children (Level 3)
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Practice Educator Training (UCL)

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Nicky Matheson
Nicky is a registered Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for both the NHS and private practice in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, nurseries and clients homes. She has recently moved back to the UK from Australia where she spent a few years working in schools and also 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)'.  
Nicky has additional training in:
Selective Mutism Advanced Masterclass (Maggie Johnson)
Lidcombe Programme of Early Stuttering Intervention
Michael Palin Centre: Stammering Intervention: Primary school
Cued articulation
Assessment & Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders (Caroline Bowen)
Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme
Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner)
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
IPad apps for language & literacy
Makaton (Foundation Level)

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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
Joanna has additional training in:
Shape Coding
Teens, Turmoil & Transition - Mental Health in Adolescent Young Minds Talking About Mental Health 1 day November 2017
Autism & Mental Health
Autism & Social Relationships - Dr Luke Bearden
Word Aware
Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMS) – Pam Enderby
Leading Change - Programme for Therapists
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy with children and young people who stammer & their parents.- Michael Palin
Elklan Tutor Course
Selective Mutism Maggie Johnson
Assessment & Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders (Caroline Bowen)
Attention Autism – Gina Davis
Anger Management for children and young people
Managing Anxiety and Stress with children and young people with ASD - NAS
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Practice Educator Training (UCL)
Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner)
Signalong Tutor
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy – Eileen Murphy
BSL Level 1
Makaton Tutor
Management, clinical support and supervision
Communication Trust Conferences
ICAN Conferences
NAS Conferences
Signalong Tutor
Management, clinical support and supervision
Basic life support / paediatric life support
Safeguarding Level 3

Who we are. Kerry

Kerry Daly
Kerry is our therapy centre administrative manager, 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

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Currently, our therapists have specialist interests in the following areas:
- Speech disorders, where children struggle to use the right sounds in their words, meaning it can be hard for other people to always understand them (including Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia)
- Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), where children are struggling to learn, understand and use language
- Stammering, where children and adolescents find it hard to speak fluently
- Selective Mutism, where children cannot speak in certain places and situations
- Tourette's Syndrome, where children have tics (movements or sounds) that they can't control
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders

We are committed to continuous development, and our therapists have additional training in:

- Selective Mutism (Advanced) (Maggie Johnson)
- Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBITs) (Dr. Tara Murphy, Jolande van de Griendt; Tourette's Action)
- The Lidcombe program of early stuttering intervention
- Nuffield dyspraxia program (NDP3)
- Advanced Shape Coding (Dr S. Ebbels)
- Palin parent-child interaction for stammering children (PCI) (Michael Palin Centre)
- Makaton level 1&2
- Word Aware (S. Parsons)
- Colourful Semantics
- Child protection: level 3
- Attention Autism (Gina Davies)
- Basic life support for paediatrics
- Practice educator
- Safeguarding children
- Counselling skills and theory (level 3) (please note, we do not provide counselling, but counselling skills and psychological based approached are used within our practice where appropriate)

We also regularly attend clinical excellence networks to discuss advances in speech and language therapy, focusing on speech and language disorders, and hold internal case discussions to ensure children are receiving the highest standards of care.


Thank you so much for all your help. I couldn't believe 5 months ago that we would ever get to the stage my child would not stammer at all any more, and we are so happy. Now they have just stopped stammering completely, it is quite incredible and we are so delighted. P, Parent

"Jenni worked with my son (age 5) over a 5 month period. He has made some great progress and we could not be have been happier with the excellent communication and level of professionalism she showed throughout. My son responded very well to Jenni’s friendly, fun but professional manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jenni as a Speech and Language therapist" - N, Parent

"Jenni is held in such high regard by all the school staff - her thoroughness, supportive & clear explanations, her dependability, her professionalism, her great "impact!" on the school, she is so well liked and appreciated!" Beth - therapist

The progress he has made since starting SALT with you is astounding.
He knows you, enjoys your sessions and we are so so very happy with everything you are doing. Thank you. - A, parent

All our therapists are certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Cert.MRCSLT) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration details for all therapists can be found here:

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