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Meet our Therapy Team

Abigail Carey
Speech and Language Therapist

  • First Class Honours Degree in Human Communication BSc, DeMontfort University. 

Before starting at Homefield College, Abigail gained experience in children’s speech and language clinics, mental health wards and talking-skills groups for adults with learning disabilities. She also has experience working on hospital wards assessing those with eating and drinking difficulties and in a voice therapy clinic. 

Abigail has also volunteered in a theatre group for adults with physical and learning disabilities. This organisation puts on shows and productions which raise awareness about disability. They work to integrate into the community, fundraising and performing for events such as arts festivals.

Abigail started at Homefield in March 2017 as part of the Speech and Language Therapy team. During her time at Homefield, Abigail aims to help the College continue its work of being an environment that promotes good communication so that students are ready to learn. Abigail’s favourite approach used in therapy is Intensive Interaction, an approach that allows the student to take the lead and the Therapist to follow. Students often enjoy the activities which involve copying the students’ movements and sounds in a mirroring fashion. It is the creative and personalised therapy techniques and approaches such as Intensive Interaction that Abigail enjoys using, which is why she chose to work in this field in which they are often used.


Shagufta Ghumra
Speech and Language Therapist

  • First Class Honours Degree in Speech and Language Therapy BSc, De Montfort University.

Before starting at Homefield College, Shagufta gained experience working with a variety of clients supporting their speech, language and communication difficulties. This included working within Children’s Services both in the community and clinic, as well as supporting adults with a traumatic brain injury and also working with adults with a learning disability. Shagufta has also worked closely with a range of professionals, has been involved in delivering training and carried out 1-1 and group therapy.

Shagufta’s university experiences continued to strengthen her passion in supporting adults with learning disabilities and she aims to bring this to Homefield College. She is looking forward to supporting students by exploring ways of effective communication individually and in their environment. She also aims to enhance students’ independence skills by facilitating ways of being able to make choices through a variety of therapy techniques. One of her favourite approaches is Talking Mats, where a visual representation of choices and decisions are displayed to the student. Talking Mats also incorporates a tactile technique where students are able to physically separate and place their ideas on the two sides of the Talking Mat promoting independence. Shagufta enjoys finding ways that are accessible for our students to use and therefore chose this specific client group to work with.


Kirsty Clark
Occupational Therapist

  • Occupational Therapy Degree, University of Plymouth.
  • Psychology Degree, University of the West of England.

Kirsty qualified as an Occupational Therapist in June 2017, after completing her Psychology degree in June 2011. Kirsty really enjoys being an Occupational Therapist, and values the importance of therapy to promote independence in activities of daily living, which she believes ultimately impacts health and wellbeing for everyone.

In order to help facilitate independence, Kirsty works alongside staff and students in therapy sessions to promote the use of everyday skills which can be used within the college and at home. These include a focus on the use of fine motor skills, and activities such as cooking and work experience. Each session is designed using evidence based practice, to ensure therapy sessions are valuable for every student. Furthermore, Kirsty recognises the importance of remaining client-centred whilst ensuring she practices holistically; therefore, viewing the student and their environment as a whole.

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