contact@therapyfor.co.uk
07764 999873

Glossa carries out a variety of training for our clients, their carers and support staff. These include a number of classroom based courses. Please feel free to contact us with your training needs and we will be able to fit our courses around your requirements.

Glossa are currently offering places on our very popular Swallowing Awareness Course as detailed below.

Swallowing Awareness Course content
Process of normal and disordered swallowing (dysphagia)
Causes of dysphagia
Role of the speech and language therapist
Environmental issues eg. positioning
Managing risks in dysphagia (including accountability)
Practical elements:
* Texture modified diets;
* Feeding issues;
* Thickening drinks.
National Texture Descriptors document

Booking information
£65 per person
Book 3 places get ONE FREE
Call 07764 999873 or email training@therapyfor.co.uk

Future Course Information will be posted here

LUCY LOWSON:
Independent Speech & Language Therapist
MSc. BA(Hons). CertMRCSLT. MASLTIP. HCPCReg.

Tower Court
Oakdale Road
Clifton Moor
York
YO30 4XL
ADDRESS:
contact@therapyfor.co.uk
E-MAIL:
07764 999873
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Many disorders can result in difficulties with eating and drinking. For example, dementia, stroke, acquired brain injury or due to a progressive condition such as Multiple Sclerosis or Motor Neuron Disease. Problems can occur at all stages of the eating and drinking process from having difficulty getting cutlery or a cup to your mouth, to having difficulty chewing and preparing food, or food going 'the wrong way'.

We can provide tailored advice, recommendations and training to support individuals with eating, drinking and feeding difficulties.

Read our swallowing TESTIMONIALS, or for more information, please contact us.

Do you have difficulties with speech blocks, prolongations, or repetitions of sounds? Do you avoid words and situations? Are you ready for a challenge? Are you ready to explore your stammer and find ways to make speaking easier? We understand that a stammer is individual, that each person stammers differently, and this can vary from day to day or from one situation to another. Speech therapy can help you increase in confidence, develop strategies and find a new way of communicating.

Read our stammering TESTIMONIALS, or for more information, please contact us.

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Having difficulties with your voice? Is it tiring? Does it sound different? Can you not project very well? Or have you been diagnosed by an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Doctor as having a specific vocal disorder? We can help with all kinds of vocal difficulties. It is recommended that you visit your GP for assessment with any vocal difficulty lasting longer than 3 weeks and we do require and ENT assessment prior to commencement of therapy sessions.

Read our voice TESTIMONIALS, or for more information, please contact us.

Do you or someone close to you struggle to find the correct words or say words which sound wrong? Is it difficulty for you/them to put together sentences and make themselves understood? Do they struggle to understand what is said to them? Difficulties with language understanding, processing, organising and planning can be a problem for many people who acquire communication difficulties due to various medical conditions e.g. stroke, brain injury, dementia. Therapy can help to rehabilitate skills where possible, provide strategies and advice to make communication easier. A full assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist would determine specific difficulties someone may be having and then tailor therapy accordingly.

Read our speech TESTIMONIALS, or for more information, please contact us.

Do you slur your words? Do you find it hard to co-ordinate your lips/tongue and mouth to speak? Speech difficulties can occur as a result of many disorders for example, following stroke, due to a progressive condition such as Parkinson's Disease or Multiple Sclerosis, following a brain injury or due to a developmental condition such as cerebral palsy.

The types of speech difficulties are varied. A full assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist would determine specific difficulties someone may be having and then tailor therapy accordingly.

Read our speech TESTIMONIALS, or for more information, please contact us.

“I was referred to Lucy following an attack on me by a dog which had left me with damage to muscles and nerves around my lips. This was causing difficulty with eating and drinking and some problems with speech. Although the speech problems weren’t apparent to others, I was very conscious of the difficulty which in turn led to reluctance to meet new people. The work Lucy did with me helped enormously and it wasn’t just the therapy, helping the physical symptoms. Lucy also helped me to rebuild my confidence, to such an extent that shortly after the course of therapy, I successfully completed a course to teach English as a second language, something I’d been about to do when the dog attack happened and which I’d then felt unable to cope with. But I found the confidence to stand up in front of groups of adults and teenagers and have been teaching now for over a year. The problems I had with eating and drinking (soup was especially difficult) are now much less. Without such excellent therapy, carried out in such a friendly but professional manner, I’m sure the difficulties I was having would not have eased at all.”

DM, York.
Facial injury
Received therapy supporting eating and drinking as well as communication.

“Following a brain injury my wife, Chris, was unable to recall the faces of people she met, had great difficulty recalling words and was unsure of the appropriateness of her conversation in a social environment. This was extremely distressing for her as she had always been very outgoing, sitting on several committees of local interest groups. Because of her difficulties she became more reluctant to go out and meet people. We were very sceptical when it was suggested that speech therapy might help but Lucy was very positive from the beginning and gave us confidence that something could be done to help.
Chris and Lucy worked hard together for several sessions and suddenly Chris began to recall faces, words began to be recalled and confidence grew. She is now able to go out and mix socially again.
I can’t begin to say how grateful we are to Lucy for all her hard work, skill and expertise she has put into getting Chris back to living a normal life again – it’s almost like a miracle has happened.”

RB, North Yorkshire
Wife suffered a brain injury following surgery
Received communication therapy

"Lucy approached every issue I had with my voice logically and methodically. I noticed a marked improvement in my speech and singing quality straight away and within a few sessions I found that the tightness and pain that I would feel after long periods of speaking and singing had virtually disappeared. I particularly appreciated that Lucy explained everything scientifically with video examples, it cleared things up and meant I had a clearer idea of what I needed to change.”

ABF, person who had a voice disorder
as a result of muscle tension and laryngo-pharyngeal reflux (LPR).

“I feel I have benefitted greatly from my therapy with Lucy; she has challenged me to confront my fluency-related anxieties, and I have developed a new-found confidence and belief in my speech.  I have found her to be understanding, friendly and enthusiastic, and would thoroughly recommend her to anyone requiring speech therapy.”

JW, person who stammers

“I was referred to Lucy following an attack on me by a dog which had left me with damage to muscles and nerves around my lips. This was causing difficulty with eating and drinking and some problems with speech. Although the speech problems weren’t apparent to others, I was very conscious of the difficulty which in turn led to reluctance to meet new people. The work Lucy did with me helped enormously and it wasn’t just the therapy, helping the physical symptoms. Lucy also helped me to rebuild my confidence, to such an extent that shortly after the course of therapy, I successfully completed a course to teach English as a second language, something I’d been about to do when the dog attack happened and which I’d then felt unable to cope with. But I found the confidence to stand up in front of groups of adults and teenagers and have been teaching now for over a year. The problems I had with eating and drinking (soup was especially difficult) are now much less. Without such excellent therapy, carried out in such a friendly but professional manner, I’m sure the difficulties I was having would not have eased at all.”

DM, York.
Facial injury
Received therapy supporting eating and drinking as well as communication.

Re-building confidence for people with communication difficulties through functional, life relevant therapy, support and education.

Stroke? Head injury? Dementia? Multiple Sclerosis? Parkinson’s Disease? Learning disability? Stammering? Voice problems? If you or a family member requires support with communication or eating and drinking, we can help.

Who can we help?
Glossa provides functional and practical speech and language therapy to adults.

Other services
Training in communication/swallowing difficulties in specific disorders e.g. dementia and stroke, for individuals, carers and families. Seminars on voice care and use for professional voice users e.g. teachers, CEOs, call centre workers.

Glossa is an independent speech and language therapy service working in the Yorkshire region. It offers specialist advice, assessment, therapy, training, support and facilitation for adults with communication and swallowing difficulties and their families or carers.

We have experience of working with a wide range of adult difficulties including speech and language problems associated with stroke, dementia, learning disability, brain injury, stammering and voice disorders. Our approach is functional and practical helping clients achieve their full potential making them happy and effective with their communication. We also provide professional training to raise awareness and educate other professionals and carers about communication and swallowing difficulties.