Michelle Staniforth

Head of Speech and Language Therapy and Work Programme

Hi. My name is Michelle. I have 2 jobs here at Style Acre.  I am Head of Speech and Language Therapy  (SLT) and also the Work Programme. I have been a qualified SLT for over 16 years, working as a specialist in learning disability within the NHS for 10 years.

We provide a service across the whole of Style Acre to assess communication difficulties ,  to provide appropriate intervention and make sure we are operating a Total Communication environment. ( This means all staff are able to communicate in a way that is appropriate for everyone we support).  We run a comprehensive training programme for all staff which includes Communication Induction , Makaton signing, Intensive Interaction, Autism and Dementia Awareness.

The Work Programme allows everyone we support the chance to try out a wide range of work experience with a view to getting paid work where possible. Our Tea Room and Charity shop play a huge part in getting people into work. I am passionate about developing people’s skills and confidence through this programme as well as through the ASDAN awards we offer.