Hello, my name is Polly Ross, I started Thrive Speech and Language Therapy because I'm passionate about helping children and young people reach their full potential.

I am a Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist holding a MSc in Speech and Language Therapy from Reading University. I have 10 years experience working in the NHS (in South West Surrey), delivering therapy and training in a wide range of settings including; schools/nurseries, community clinics and specialist language units. I have also worked within the multidisciplinary team diagnosing social communication disorders and Autism.

I am committed to continual professional development and learning about latest best practice, continuing to attend training courses regularly (e.g. Basic Life support, Safeguarding). I have a wealth of experience and have completed post-registration courses in the following areas:

  • Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme
  • Derbyshire Language Scheme
  • Michael Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for under 7’s (Stammering)
  • Makaton
  • Symbol UK training for SLT’s working with Down Syndrome
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-ADOS
  • Attention Autism

I hold a valid enhanced DBS certificate service and am a member of:

  • Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

I am based in Alton, Hampshire and offer support in North Hampshire and Surrey. My approach is tailored to individual needs in order to best support children, parents, families, education staff, early years practitioners and health professionals. I work directly with children aged 0-11 with a range of difficulties including;

  • Speech sound delays/disorders
  • Childhood Apraxia of speech/ Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
  • Language delay/Developmental Language Disorder
  • Social Communication Difficulties/ Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech and/or Language problems associated with learning difficulties/Developmental delay
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