Melissa Dean

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Melissa Dean

Melissa Dean

BSc (Hons), MSc

HCPC accredited registered therapist Contact


I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

My qualifications are:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • MSc Language Pathology, Newcastle University

I am a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with 13 years’ experience working within the NHS. I have worked in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment within a multi-disciplinary team for many years and I am qualified to administer the ADOS-2 assessment.

Over the years, I have worked in a variety of settings including homes, nurseries, mainstream schools, ASD resource units, special schools, child development centres and community clinics. I work collaboratively with a range of different professionals and strongly believe in joint working in order to achieve holistic goal setting for children and young people.

I am experienced in delivering a wide range of therapeutic approaches including PECS, Hanen - ‘More Than Words’ parent training programme, Makaton, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism and supporting children and young people with Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems, both paper-based and devices. I aim to empower families to know how best to work with their child to enable them to reach their full communication potential.

Alongside private practice, I currently work for the NHS as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in an early years Autism assessment team.

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