Kay Coombes, Director and Speech and Language Therapist
Kay is one of the founders of ARCOS and our Director. A specialist speech and language therapist, she’s a member of several professional organisations, including the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Expert Witness Institute.
She has considerable experience working in the NHS, notably as a speech therapist at St George’s Hospital in London, and in universities, teaching students speech and language therapy. She carried out extensive community research Westminster Hospital and is regularly asked to provide an Expert Witness Service for speech and language cases.
Together with colleagues in Europe and Scandinavia, she has pioneered Facial Oral Tract Therapy and is involved in the development of a range of innovative therapeutic equipment.
Kate’s been an OT since 1998 and spent many years working the NHS, gaining experience in a variety of clinical areas, including learning disabilities, autism assessment, and learning disability intensive support service.
She’s also provided mentoring and support in schools to deal with the sensory needs and specialist learning needs of children in mainstream education, and has supported children and young adults with trauma histories, specialist learning needs, and learning disabilities.
Kate has a special interest in working with children, young people, and adults who experience sensory processing difficulties.
She lives in Kempsey in Worcestershire with her husband, two daughters, and two flat-coated retrievers. When not working, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.