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ELCISS aims to enhance language and communication in secondary school children with primary language and communication impairment through narrative/storytelling and vocabulary enrichment.

Nita Madhani

Head of Speech and Language Therapy service at Redbridge Primary Care Trust


I am a speech and language therapist and a service Manager of the Speech and Language Therapy service in Redbridge Primary Care Trust. In my first clinical job I developed an interest in working with bilingual pupils because of the high number of children referred to the Speech and Language Therapy service.

My interest was in the impact of dual languages on children with differing speech and language disorders in early years and at school. My research project looked at the language development of normal Punjabi speaking children born and brought up in UK.

From 1991 to 1994 I set up a pilot project of a new service model of Bilingual Co-Workers in SALT department working in partnership with Speech and language therapists. The SLTs and co-workers were part of a skill mix model and had to work together and optimise each others skill to support bilingual children with language disorders.

I worked as a volunteer SLT in India for 4 months setting up language and communication support in a special school. I was amazed at the availability of the untapped human resources in the schools' support staff in India. We had workshops for everyone including the cleaners, cooks and teachers.

Five years ago I took up a management post in Redbridge PCT and understood the funding streams and the commissioning processes for spending public money on services. In my role as a manager of the service I streamlined and redesigned the services and set up joint working in primary schools to support children with language disorders and Special Needs.

I am aware of the limited research and therapy outcomes in older children and was interested in the Pilot study conducted by Dr Joffe in our Borough in 2004 and would like to develop more evidence based services that make a difference to students in their secondary schooling years.

I am keen to promote collaborative working between all professionals (and parents) in schools and in sharing and developing skills to support children with speech and language difficulties and see the ELCISS project as a good way to develop resources in schools.

As a co-researcher on the ELCISS project I am involved in:

  • Monitoring the time plan
  • Assessing students
  • Training
  • Liaising with schools as and when appropriate
  • Communication locally with all stakeholders
  • Responding to parental queries

Professional Membership

  • Registered Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Registered Member of the Health Professions Council

Contact details

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