Qualifications and experience
Speech Symbol and Sign is owned by Zoe Potts.
Zoe qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1989,
having attended Sheffield University for four years . She
holds a Bachelor of Medical Science (Speech) (Honours) degree.
Zoe is a member of The Royal College of Speech and Language
Therapists, and The Association of Speech and Language Therapists
in Independent Practice. She is also registered with the Health
Professions Council, the regulatory body for speech and language
Zoe is a Regional Tutor for the Makaton Vocabulary Development
She has 13 years experience working as a speech and language
therapist for the NHS in North Tyneside.
Zoe has worked in posts including:
Her main aim in all these settings was to help children improve
their spoken language skills, by targeting vocabulary , speech
sound and social development, and promoting children’s
understanding of spoken language.
- Pre school children - with and without special needs
- Children in local schools - including those with Statements
- Children attending specialist schools for severe and complex
- Children attending a specialist school for physical disabilities
and medical disorders
However, Zoe has also
developed a high level of expertise working with children
who need to learn to use other ways to communicate, to prevent
frustration and reduce behaviour difficulties.
She has introduced signing systems, and systems relying on
objects, pictures and symbols, for both temporary and permanent
Zoe has a specific interest in working with children who
use, or need to use Voice Output Communication Aids, or computers