About Us

 

Lara Goldie is a dedicated and passionate Speech and Language Therapist and mother to 4 young children.  She has a BS in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, and a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders and she is fully certified in the United Kingdom and the United States (CCC-SLP, MRCSLT, and HCPC-cert) and has 12 years of post graduate experience.

Lara has worked in a variety of settings including Early Intervention, hospitals, Schools and voice clinics. She is skilled at treating a wide range of speech, language and voice disorders.

Lara has worked extremely hard in her education and training in order to understand communication difficulties and to know the most efficient way to treat them.  She is committed to providing current, research-based, and effective treatment and it brings great satisfaction for her to be a part of someone's journey to improve.

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Linda Lumsden is a local business woman and mother to 4 children, she became one of the United Kingdom’s youngest entrepreneurs, at the age of 18 with the assistance of the Princes Scottish youth business trust. She has owned and operated her business premises in Aberdeen City Centre for over 18 years.

Linda has a BA (Hons) degree in Law and Management and various SVQs and HND units in Business, Law and Childcare and is currently studying for a PGC in Autism and Practice at The University of Aberdeen.

Linda’s brother suffers from anoxic brain damage and resides in a residental placement.

One of Lindas sons is twice exceptional and has an Autism Spectrum Condition diagnosis. His progress since working with Lara at the age of two has been phenomenal. The lack of support and services offered to improve the life chances of neurodivergent children, particulary those considered to be at the high functioning end of the spectrum, has given her the determination to help empower other families in similar circumstances.

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    Amanda Nicolson is a dedicated and passionate Social Care Professional with substantial experience at senior management level and comes with a proven track record managing large services and staff teams. Amanda started her career in care homes for older people as a Carer. She also has vast experience working with various vulnerable groups including children and adults with learning disabilities, older adults and those with mental health issues. Amanda is passionate about quality service provision, social justice and meaningful inclusion.

    Amanda met Linda while they were both studying at university. They both believe that everyone can flourish if they are given the support and resources to access the same opportunities that many of us can take for granted.

     

    Amanda has a BA (Hons) degree in Law and Management where she opted for modules that were relevant to her work experience including Child Care Law. She also has various SVQs and HND units in Business, Law, Health and Social Care. Amanda is currently studying several courses covering health and wellbeing topics at the Open University.

      Michelle Blake is a self-employed counsellor and specialist mentor with extensive experience working with neurodiversity. She is neurodivergent herself with a diagnosis of combined ADHD as well as being a mother to sons with both ADHD and Autism.

      Michelle’s professional background is as diverse as her ADHD and includes working as a counsellor and running recovery programmes for clients with Substance Misuse issues, counselling clients and families affected by a cancer diagnosis; as well as writing Emotional Literacy programmes to be used within educational settings. She co-founded a Social Enterprise company specialising in delivering Ecotherapy projects outdoors, has provided counselling services within academies as well as supervising trainee counsellors in various settings. All her work centres around her core passion for supporting and advocating on behalf of individuals with neurodiversity and their right to be included.

      Michelle has an Honours Degree in Person Centred Counselling as well as being a qualified Clinical supervisor and is currently studying a flexible route to her Masters degree. The first year of her Masters is focused on Autism and this is where she met Linda who is her official Uni ‘Study Buddy’. She hopes to spend the second year of her Masters course focusing on ADHD and neurodevelopmental conditions before completing her dissertation..