About Everybody Talks
Who are we?
Everybody Talks is a small, but growing team of Private Speech and Language Therapists dedicated to bringing best quality care to our clients. Our team of experienced, permanent Therapists meet the needs of our growing School Services Provision. We take on a small number of individual private clients at any one time when our schedules permit.
How we started…
Prior to establishing Everybody Talks John Doleman (MSLTPrac, HCPC, CertMRCSLT, MASLTIP) worked within the NHS. He spent a number of years working in different PCTs and Trusts across the country, and noticed the same thing over and over again: a growing need for Speech and Language Therapy and stretched public services, often unable to provide timely and consistent support to families and schools.
Families were eager to have their children supported more quickly; schools were looking for additional support and advice for their students and staff.
John set up Everybody Talks to meet the needs of these children, families and schools. Seeing the child in the context of their environment and engaging parents as much as possible remains a key feature of how we work.
The company has steadily grown over the past five years; we now employ four Therapists to help cover the schools that work with us.
We currently provide Speech and Language services to 16 schools: 11 across London and 5 in Kent.
We have provided training for more schools across London and the surrounding counties.
We place a strong emphasis on tailoring our services to meet our clients’ needs, recognising that no two clients are the same. We see the client and their family at the centre of any therapy plan; recognising the expertise that family and people who know a child well bring to any effective Therapy partnership.
We are continually looking to developments within the Speech and Language research community to enhance the services we offer, and we are committed to keeping up with these developments through regular training.
When working with schools we have developed an evidence based, tried and tested model of Speech and Language Therapy that covers the needs of staff, the whole school environment/ population as well as the more specific needs of children with identified Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties.
We pride ourselves on being adaptable and responsive to an individual setting’s needs.
Safety of our clients is of utmost importance. All our therapists maintain annual criminal records checks and attend Safeguarding Training; we have a Safeguarding Policy in place and work closely with our school clients in obtaining and following the procedures of their Safeguarding Policies.
After completing his first degree in Linguistics, John trained at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) graduating with a Master of Speech and Language Therapy Practice.
After graduating John worked in a Specialist School supporting a range of children and young adults (3-18 years old) with different communication needs. John moved to the United Kingdom with his wife in 2009, initially working within the NHS.
In the UK John has worked in a variety of settings, including Specialist Clinics for under 5’s, Community Paediatric Clinics and Mainstream Schools as well as part of an Autism Diagnostic Team of Professionals.
Alongside other specialist training he has completed since qualifiying, he is trained in the Lidcombe Programme for children who stutter (under 6 years old) and the Camperdown Programme for adolescents and adults who stutter.
John lives with his wife and young daughter in South London.