The job of the Healthcare Scientist is to work with parents, families and our own multi-disciplinary team towards the selection of appropriate devices, software, techniques or strategies to support communication, access to the curriculum, play and leisure.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Assistive technology and computer access
- Communication impairment and language development
- Use of mainstream technologies in specialist support
- Design and implementation of communication resources
- Eye-gaze control and the use of eye-tracking in clinical assessment
- Outcome measures and evaluation of communication aid provision
Tom’s work supports children with communication difficulties and their families. His interests centre on promoting interaction and participation in children for whom speech is difficult. Tom’s role focuses mainly on assessment and recommendation of AAC devices. His specialist expertise include knowledge of a wide variety of devices and techniques and a background in language development.
Qualifications and training
- MA Applied Linguistics – University of Wales, 2005
- BA Linguistics – University of Surrey, 2004
Tom is currently registered for a PhD in the Developmental Science department at University College London (UCL).
Tom has a range of qualifications related to his area of work, including Enhanced Makaton training and training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). He has specialist training in software applications for communication and literacy support.
Tom is a Trustee of Communication Matters, the national organisation representing people who use AAC, their families and those who work in the field.
Tom is registered for a PhD in the Developmental Science department at UCL. His research centres on the development of early social communication skills in children with cerebral palsy and how new technologies such as eye-tracking computers can inform clinical practice.
Tom has published in peer-reviewed journals in the field of AAC and child development. He has written on areas including participation in children with physical disabilities, eye-gaze access technology, outcome measures for communication aid loans, and use of multi-functional devices in assistive technology.
Neurodisability Clinical Administrator
Telephone: 020 7405 9200 x1144