Clara Blázquez Booth Clara Blázquez Booth
Spain
Speech Therapist
Child and adult speech therapy
Languages: English and Spanish

  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Clara completed her Speech and Language Therapy degree in Madrid and then worked as a speech and language therapist in private settings both with children with learning difficulties and adults with acquired disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia and degenerative disorders such as dementia and Parkinson´s disease. During her studies she also taught English and Spanish and volunteered at a Comunidad de Madrid Centre where she helped adolescents with learning difficulties, dyslexia and deafness.

From 2011 to 2013 she lived in London, working in a secondary school within the speech, language and communication team supporting special needs students with speech and language difficulties both in mainstream lessons and small speech and language groups. She also worked helping the social developmental and communication skills of children within the autistic spectrum with excellent results.

Her multilingual upbringing has permitted her to acquire English, Spanish and French at home from birth and has given her a special insight into language acquisition as well as an understanding of the needs of children exposed to more than one language from a young age.

Since 2013 Clara has been working as a bilingual speech and language therapist at Sinews MTI, carrying out assessments and clinical interventions with children and adults who present with articulation, language or communication difficulties, in English and in Spanish, as well as accent reduction programs for adults who wish to improve this aspect in a second language.
Education
  • 2010
    Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Professional Experience
  • 2013-Present
    Bilingual speech and language therapist at Sinews MTI, carrying out assessments and clinical interventions with children and adults who present with articulation, language or communication difficulties, in English and in Spanish, as well as accent reduction programs for adults who wish to improve this aspect in a second language
  • 2012-13
    Speech, language and communication assistant at Morpeth Secondary School (London). Supporting students with speech and language difficulties in lessons and small groups
  • 2011-2013
    Private tutor for a child with autism, helping to develop his social and communication skills (London)
  • 2011
    Speech and Language Therapist in private practice Neurologopedia Arena and physiotherapy centre Téxum (Madrid). Domiciliary service to adult clients with aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, dementia and Parkinson´s disease. Supervised work initially, then devising and carrying out assessment and intervention programmes jointly planned with multidisciplinary colleagues, the clients and their families
  • 2010-2011
    Private Speech and Language Therapist treating young children with reading, writing and articulation difficulties at their homes (Madrid)
  • 2010
    Voluntary Speech and Language Therapist in Comunidad de Madrid Centre working with adolescents with learning difficulties, dyslexia and deafness (Madrid)

Other courses
  • 2015. Online course Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching. Lancaster University
  • 2014. Dyslexia course, organized by DISFAM in Madrid
  • 2011. Seminar: Supporting Multilingual and Multicultural Children. Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research & Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2011-2014. Psychology courses through the UNED: attention, motivation, learning, emotion and child development, amongst others
  • 2013. Inference training for improving students’ reading comprehension. Morpeth School, London
  • 2010. Acquired brain damage: neuro-rehabilitation and supported living. 30 hour course at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • 2009. Mind, stress and emotions: life crises and finding balance from childhood to adulthood. 30 hour course offered by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid for students with excellent academic achievement

Lectures
  • Bilingualism Workshop for parents at Sinews MTI: November 2014 and February 2015

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