Who we are

Meg Dodd - Who we are

Mrs Meg Dodd, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Co-Founder of Connect

Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration number: SL23677
Member of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Member of The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice

Meg works as a consultant Speech and Language Therapist to The National Autistic Society, assessing and diagnosing children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related conditions. She has worked within specialist multi-disciplinary diagnostic clinics both privately and within the NHS. Meg qualified in 2007 as an SLT, and has extensive experience working with children and young adults with a range of speech and language difficulties including speech and language delay and disorder, social skill difficulties, selective mutism and stammering.

Meg is trained in using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO). She previously worked as lead SLT for Social Communication in Medway Community Healthcare, running joint diagnostic clinics, providing therapy for children as well as training and advice for schools and other professionals. She currently works for the National Autistic Society and through Connect.

Relevant Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology (London Southbank University); Post Graduate Diploma Speech and Language Therapy (City University); Trained in and licensed user of The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS); Trained in and licensed user of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Social & Communication Disorders (NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism, February 2017).

Dr Jennifer Jackson, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Co-Founder of Connect

Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration number: PLY16731
British Psychological Society number: 456173

Jennifer is an independent Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She is a consultant for the National Autistic Society, assessing and diagnosing children, young people and adults. She has 15 years experience working in the NHS and with partner agencies such as Mencap. Jennifer undertakes assessments, consultation, training and therapeutic work. She works across the lifespan with individuals and families who are experiencing mental health problems, relationship difficulties or difficulties within the environment, which may result in challenging behaviour or distress. Jennifer is an authorised user of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO).  She is also trained in using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS 2). She lectures at Canterbury Christ Church University and has supervised a number of doctoral research projects.

Relevant Qualifications: BSc (Hons.) Psychology (Staffordshire University); MSc Applied Psychology (University of Surrey) Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Leicester); Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (Kings College London: Institute of Psychiatry). Trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS 2); and is a licensed user of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Social & Communication Disorders (NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism, July 2011).