Jennifer Lyons Bsc, originally from Scotland, U.K. is a speech language and feeding therapist. She has had a passionate interest in feeding therapy since she graduated in 1998 from Strathclyde University. She gained her post graduate qualification in paediatric dysphagia in June 2001 from Queen Margaret University. She completed her SOS training (sequential oral sensory) in August 2012 and has continued to develop her area of specialty through attending training both overseas and in New Zealand, online training, reading, and being an active member of specific interest groups. She is currently part of a committee who is looking into guidelines around paediatric feeding in N.Z.
She has a wide variety of experience gained across both Scotland and New Zealand. Jennifer has predominately worked in paediatrics with a range of children/young adults from premature babies to 21 years in a variety of settings; SCBU (Special care baby unit), preschools, mainstream schools, special needs schools, and hospital.
Jennifer has worked along side families who have children with oral motor skill issues, limited diets and who may have been or are still being tube fed. These have also included children who (but not exclusively) have cognitive delay, autism, dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, cleft lip and palate.
Jennifer had her qualifications approved by NZSTA ( New Zealand Speech Therapy Association) in 2003 when she first arrived in New Zealand and holds a current membership.