Speech and Language Therapist - French Diploma in Speech and language pathology in Lille (France)
Hélène obtained her bachelor diploma in speech and language pathology in Lille (France),
She brilliantly succeeded her thesis with a Very Honorable degree. After her graduation, she went to Reunion Island (French territory near Madagascar) for two years, where she gained experience, especially in bilingualism with all age range (from 25 months to 95 years).
She has worked both as an independent SLP and employed in a medical centre for multiple disabled children and adults. Her experience is in speech and language delays, intellectual disability, disorders impairment, autism spectrum disorder, difficulties and troubles in swallowing, feeding and chewing, hearing impairment in children, written language and mathematical cognition difficulties, memory and executive functions disorders in children and adults (due to cranial trauma and stroke), stuttering in young children.
In 2017, she decided to move to Dubai to pursue her career, and learn more about speech and language therapy in another context: being a good therapist is through keeping your mind open, she says. It allows her to question herself, to continue learning, to discover new ways of practising, new methods of being and new ways to adapt herself to every human being she welcomes in her office.
In speech and language therapy, Hélène uses strategies derived from sociocognitive approaches and neuroscience, to develop the language. Thus, she creates a framework in which communication is a pleasure: “ My patient and I do not speak “to speak”, but to communicate a message, in a given context”.
Play-based therapy is her preferred approach to learning: « I want the proposed activity to be in the interest of my patient, to create a learning environment. I want my patient to trust me, not feel judged, but carried, supported and understood. This relationship is essential to create a pleasant and playful atmosphere, essential itself to the patient’s progression. This way, the most he is motivated, the most he develops his language (without even realising it !). This is how we play!
It is only to give them a relevant context to work on the different aspects of the difficulties they are encountering.”.