Division of Speech Therapy
Alba Sánchez Blake
Speech Therapist
Children, adolescents and adults
Languages: English and Spanish
Clinic AppointmentOnline Appointment
Division of Speech Therapy
Alba Sánchez Blake
Speech Therapist
Children, adolescents and adults
Languages: English and Spanish
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Daughter of an American mother (Minnesota and Iowa) and a Spanish father, Alba has always lived in a bicultural and bilingual environment. Initially brought up in Spain, her family moved to the States, where Alba confronted the difficulties of adapting to the American School System and to another culture. This is where she became conscious of the support needed by children when required to study in a different language and country.

Her first contact with Speech Therapy was as a teenager through her bilingual cousin who, after living in Scotland for a while, had difficulty pronouncing the Spanish “r” sound. This awakened an interest in language as an instrument for communication and lead her to study Speech Therapy, graduating from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 2009. Shortly after this she began providing at-home speech therapy services to children with language delay, and in 2011 she started working at the Centro de Rehabilitación del Lenguaje, with dysphonia patients. In the same year she obtained the Voice Pathology Expert diploma, through Fundación ICH of Alcalá de Henares University. She then began working in the Centro de Rehabilitación del Lenguaje in the Sanitas Millenium and Zarzuela Medical Centers assessing, diagnosing and treating patients suffering from language, speaking, voice and swallowing disorders.

Following her first son’s birth, and later with the arrival of her daughter to the family, Alba chose to join the world of working with schools, allowing for more compatibility with family life. She worked at the International School of Madrid, combining this work with speech therapy services at home with patients with speech, language and/or literacy disorders in English and Spanish. Her work in the educational environment has given her knowledge of how language problems hinder learning and a full awareness of how receiving help in time allows children to develop their potential.

As a mother of bilingual children, in her family she applies the OPOL (One Person One Language) system, she speaks in English to the children and her husband speaks in Spanish. This experience further enriches her profile as a speech therapist who cares for children exposed to more than one language either at home or in school.

  • 2006/2009 Diploma in Speech Therapy. Complutense University of Madrid
  • 2011/2012 Expert in Voice Pathology. ICH-University of Alcalá de Henares Foundation. Madrid
  • September 2019- Present Speech Therapist and Learning Support Teacher. Sinews. Madrid –Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in speech, language, swallowing and literacy disorders in children, in English and Spanish. Learning support teacher, inside or outside the classroom, in English.
  • January- June 2019 Speech Therapist and Learning Support Teacher. King’s Infant School and Maxwell School. Madrid -Shadowing, educational support and Speech Therapy intervention in English and Spanish for a student with special needs.
  • 2015- February 2019 Speech Therapy at home service. Madrid -Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in speech, language and literacy disorders in children and adults, in English and Spanish.
  • 2015-2017 Speech Therapist. International School of Madrid –Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in speech, language and swallowing disorders in children, in English and Spanish.
  • 2012-2014 Speech Therapist. Sanitas-Millenium and Zarzuela Medical Center. Madrid- Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in speech, voice, language and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
  • 2011-2014 Speech Therapist. Centro de Rehabilitación del Lenguaje. Madrid - Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in speech, voice, language and swallowing disorders, in children and adults.
  • 2010-2011 Nursery Teacher’s Assistant. Colegio El Porvenir. Madrid
  • 2010 Speech Therapy at home service. SENDA. Madrid - Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in childhood language disorders.
  • 2006-2010 Secretary Assistant. Buenas Noticias TV. Madrid
  • 2008-2009 Monitor at the school year reception days. International School of Madrid
  • 2018 Correction, style and variations of the Spanish language. Autónoma University of Barcelona (on-line)
  • 2011 Spoken and Singing Voice Intervention for children and adults. ALE. Madrid
  • 2010 Leisure and Free Time Monitor. JPC. Madrid
  • 2009 Conference on Nutritional Diagnosis and Intervention in Oropharyngeal Dysphagia. Prince of Asturias Hospital. Madrid
  • 2009 Conference on Speech Therapy. Disorders in adulthood. Complutense University of Madrid
  • 2006 Basic Volunteering Course. Alameda School. Madrid
  • 2009-2015 Coordination and training of volunteers. Operation Christmas Child. Madrid
  • English - Mother tongue, advanced written, read and spoken knowledge.
  • Spanish - Mother tongue, advanced written, read and spoken knowledge.
  • Driving license B1.
  • Musical Training: Solfeggio, piano and cello (1995-2003)

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