I am Stacey Zimmels and I'm the owner of Feed Eat Speak. I set it up so that I could help families and children to get the help they need when they need it most. I work privately alongside my NHS job where I am the Clinical Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy service at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
I'm one of those really lucky people who get out bed each day and goes to work because I love what I do. Helping you and your little ones is a real pleasure and passion for me (that's honestly true). I understand just how stressful and awful it is to have a child who can't or won't eat. It can often feel like no one is listening and that there is no one out there who can help. Or to have a child who is different to their peers and to feel desperately hopeful that they will just 'catch up' but deep down know that may not be the case. It's hard to find someone you can trust. If this sounds familiar then contact me. I offer a no obligation, free 15 minute phone consultation where you can discuss any concerns you have and see if your child would benefit from speech therapy or feeding therapy.
I'm a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and have been practicing since 2001 when I graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK with a Bsc Hons. Since qualifying I have gained further qualifications in Paediatric Dysphagia (eating and drinking difficulties) and I now specialise in this area. I am currently training and studying for my International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam and I hope to be qualified next year.
I'm also a mum to two little ones and I take great pleasure in learning from them and watching them develop their feeding, eating and speaking skills. In the last three years I've breastfeed to toddlerhood, weaned two babies onto solids, and experienced the joys and mess of baby led weaning. I've dealt with one baby who has refused the bottle and am currently traversing the world of toddler fussy eating first hand. I've heard first words and now listen in awe at the imaginative story telling of my almost three year old.
I am registered with the following professional bodies:
I have undergone additional training in a number of areas which has supported me to develop specialist skills. Some of which are highlighted below:
Speech and Language:
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Sensory Integration for SLT's
Working with alternative and augmentative communication
Behavioural feeding difficulties
Feeding children with neurological difficulties
Feeding difficulties in infants and children
Cervical auscultation (listening to swallowing with a stethescope)
Feeding difficulties in preterm babies
Videofluoroscopy Swallowing Study
Experience & Achievements
I have a particular interest and highly specialist skills in working with babies and pre school children with language and feeding difficulties as well as children with disabilities including cerebral palsy, syndromes and non-verbal communication.
I work in close liaison with school staff, medical and therapy colleagues in a multidisciplinary way in order to provide the best outcomes for the children in support.
In addition to my qualifications and above I have made DVD/TV appearances, contributed to book chapters, presented at conferences in the UK and have had posters accepted for international conferences and work published in medical journals. I was also nominated for speech and language therapist of the year.