Communication Train2023-12-04T21:57:01+00:00

Autism assessments and Speech and Language Therapy for children and young people in South Warwickshire and beyond.

Shelley Natt, BSc (hons), M.Ed, certMRCSLT, MASLTIP
I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2007 and have worked in both the private sector and NHS across a variety of settings including clinics, nurseries and children’s centres, mainstream and special schools, specialist resource provisions, and clients’ homes. I also have a Masters in Special Education: Autism (children).

I offer assessment and therapy in your home, education, or daycare setting, diagnostic assessments for autism within a multidisciplinary team, and training for parents and education professionals. I am a qualified Early Bird Plus trainer (a course for parents designed and delivered by the National Autistic Society).

I am registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice, Health and Care Professions Council and the Information Commissioner’s Office and hold an enhanced certificate from Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For more information about me, including details of specialist training please visit my about page.

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I work with children and young people with a wide range of communication needs between the ages of 2 and 18 years. My specialism is working with children with autism and associated difficulties with language and social communication. Whatever service you require, please get in touch, as I will always help direct you to another specialist if I feel your needs are not within my area of expertise.

Call me: 07515 419140

What is speech and language therapy?

What is speech and language therapy?
Nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, 2019). This can include:

  • Speaking clearly/pronouncing certain sounds
  • Understanding spoken language
  • Using language for speaking
  • Interpreting social situations and cues
  • Interacting successfully with others (social skills)

Difficulties in these areas can have a significant impact on a person’s life, socially, emotionally and academically.

As a Speech and Language Therapist I assess speech, language and communication in people of all ages and help them to develop the skills to communicate more effectively. I work directly with children and young people and their parents/carers and educators to provide support tailored to individual needs.


Can my child still access NHS Speech and Language Therapy?2022-02-17T14:16:46+00:00

Yes! If your child has an NHS/local authority Speech and Language Therapist, I will offer to work closely with that therapist to ensure we best meet your child’s needs.

How much does it cost for assessment and/or therapy?2022-02-01T17:51:34+00:00

The current fee structure for Speech and Language Therapy assessments and therapy can be found in the Terms and Conditions document. This is subject to review on an annual basis.

For autism assessments, please contact me to discuss.

How many sessions will my child need?2022-02-01T17:40:48+00:00

As every child is different, the type and amount of support they need will vary. Some children will need a few sessions, some several blocks of sessions. Other children may simply need advice to parents/carers and teachers. The amount and type of support will be discussed before commencing therapy and reviewed as your child progresses.


Everyone deserves a voice. Thank you for giving our Son, Noah his and making a difference in his life.

ST - Parent

Shelley worked with my son, Tom, over a number of years. Tom had an ‘active nasal fricative, along with other immaturities in his speech that made him difficult to understand. On top of this, he was diagnosed with Selective Mutism meaning that he would only talk in front of people he trusted and felt comfortable with. Shelley used a variety of techniques to help Tom, who ultimately overcame his Mutism, and his speech issues completely to the point that he has been confident enough to present to his entire school, and we can barely get him to stop talking! Shelley took time to get to know Tom and built a strong and lasting relationship with him. Tom trusts her implicitly and, as such, has always been motivated to do his best. I couldn’t recommend Shelley highly enough. She communicates clearly, feeds back succinctly, and the proof of the pudding is here in my strong, confident, intelligible, happy, and chatty child! Thank you, Shelley!

Anon - Parent

Shelley was my speech therapist for two years while I was at school and proved to be a kind and empathetic teacher who helped me with my wellbeing as well as language. I would definitely recommend her.

Anon - Teenage Client

I had the pleasure of knowing Shelley through her work at my daughter’s school. She has ASD and global delay and Shelley has worked closely with her over many years and has vastly contributed to her significant improvements that she has achieved. I would highly recommend Shelley and find her proactive and lively approach to be effective in helping children with communication difficulties.

MM - Parent

It is difficult to realise the patience you have while dealing with my son. Instead of just appreciating and complimenting his effort, you set the bar higher and pushed him to do better, making Mark a success story. For all your support and providing your knowledge during the EHCP stage…THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

LS - Parent

Thank you for all your help and support over the past year. Isabelle has made amazing progress since she started school and this is due to the hard work that you’ve put into training and supporting Miss Andrews (Learning Support Assistant). We are so pleased she has been offered a place in a specialist provision and are so grateful for your input into the EHCP.

LS - Parent

Thank you for all you have done for Thomas over the years. I know he hasn’t been the easiest boy to work with and he just loved throwing you the odd curveball to keep you on your toes, but you never gave up and thanks to your determination and perseverance you finally found that missing key and I am very grateful for that and your honest talking. Thomas and I will miss you! Thanks for everything.

Mother of Thomas, aged 11

Thank you for your help with Paulo and for your support with us, his family. It means a lot to us.

Anon - Parent

Lego club is pretty much the best thing ever created as far as Tim is concerned!

LB - Parent

Seeing the amazing progress Jack has made in his time with you is wonderful. We are so thankful to you for all your dedication and hard work with Jack. He has made such progress under your care and I know that he will have many happy memories and miss you lots! Thank you for all your support and guidance with us also, we’ve really appreciated your advice and care.

KT - Parent

Thank you for supporting James through his first year of school. Thank you also for supporting us with it! I have really enjoyed our conversations (and the food play sessions!) and have learnt a lot about communication and language development.

AA - Parent

As an NQT, I’m not yet hugely well-versed in all things SALT, but Shelley was so informative and supportive and I feel like I – as well as the children! – learned loads from her. She really bonded with the pupil she had sessions with and it was amazing to see how quickly they were making progress together. Each session was tailored to their needs and interests which meant they looked forward to their weekly sessions, asking “Is Shelley coming today?!” The difference in their communication skills was noticeable within the first few sessions! Shelley also delivered some highly effective sessions via Zoom which was brilliant – thank you, Shelley!


Shelley was fantastic with my son who was 3/4 at the time. She really kept his attention with toys/ games and really made it fun for him. He still likes going over the homework sheets/ words 8 months on! She began by going into his nursery, but then lockdown happened so it continued via zoom. Despite this, Shelley still continued with the same high standard and my son would look forward to seeing her. Would definitely recommend.

HN - Parent
Shelley has been fabulous with my four year old who experienced language as well as some social communication issues. She quickly gained a strong understanding and rapport with my daughter and helped her enormously both remotely during COVID restrictions and in person. Shelley was also great at aligning closely with my daughter’s school to ensure that the work that she was doing was being supported in class by her teachers. She was also very supportive personally whilst my daughter initially struggled to cope with school and tailored her classes to help her cope better with that environment as well as improving her language abs communication skills. I’d highly recommend Shelley…
HA - Parent
Having worked with Shelley over the last 3 months for our son we have found her experience and knowledge really useful, productive, and fun. Doing it via Zoom we were not sure what to expect but it has been a really positive experience for us all from the first assessment with our son to the following coaching sessions for my husband and me. The tools we have now been given I feel will stand us in very good shape going forward and I feel this was a very worthwhile experience for the development of our son. I will miss our homework and follow-up sessions.
MP - Parent
Shelley has a wonderful knack with children and my daughter instantly connected with her and always looked forward to their sessions together. Shelley conducted a thorough assessment and set some realistic goals to work towards. The report prepared by Shelley made it easy for us to keep my daughter’s school updated on her progress and what we could do to help her speech improve! My daughter has made wonderful progress and we’re very grateful to Shelley for the role she played.
AB - Parent
Shelley, thank you so much for making Oscar’s speech therapy so enjoyable during your sessions with him, and also for inspiring me to play some fun and simple speech games with him. It was wonderful to see his speech improve through your therapy and I would highly recommend you to family and friends.
JS - Parent
Shelley was an amazing help to me as a classroom teacher of students with social and communication difficulties. Her strategies and suggestions were relevant, time-efficient, and showed a real understanding of the students’ needs. I always felt listened to and included in all aspects of her work. I also appreciated the extra mile she went for example teaching my teacher aides and myself Makaton before school.
RH - Classroom Teacher
Shelley has been one of the most inspiring persons I have met her dedication and commitment to her work are unparalleled.
It is a pleasure to have worked with her.
PN - Classroom Teacher
An absolute pleasure to have worked alongside Shelley. A very high-quality therapist for children of all ages, with extensive knowledge of effective strategies to promote language and communication skills for all.
MB - Classroom Teacher

Communication Train Autism Partnership provided a caring, compassionate and efficient service with our child’s autism diagnosis. Our family is in a better place for receiving their help.


We had a very good experience with Shelley and Kathryn. They were professional, kind and the whole experience was made very easy. I would highly recommend.

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