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About Us


Ruth Lo
(BAhons, RCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC) – Head of Centre and Lead Therapist

Ruth has worked with children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions and developmental disabilities for over 20 years, taking on a range of roles in the UK, USA and Australia.

Ruth qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University in 2002, and was certified as a Relationship Developmental Intervention (RDI) Consultant in 2013. She completed the Introductory and Advanced training in the Early Start Denver Model in June 2015, and is now a Certified Early Start Denver Model Consultant. To our knowledge she is the only individual in the UK currently with this set of qualifications.  She is qualified to carry out ADOS 2 assessments and is certified in Makaton. Ruth has also received formal training in a number of other developmental approaches for children with ASC, including SCERTSPivotal Response TreatmentSocial ThinkingDIR Floortime and Attention AutismThis training sits alongside numerous other CPD courses in a variety of Speech and Language Therapy approaches, which address a wide range of communication difficulties. She has recently been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, which is an intervention for children with limited diets, and PROMPT, an approach for children with motor speech difficulties. She has completed Expert Witness Training through Bond Solon and Simpson Millar, and has experience of attending SENDIST Tribunals. 

For 12 years, until August 2015, Ruth worked at Blossom House School, an independent school in London for children with speech, language and social communication difficulties. Within the school she took on a number of senior roles, and most recently managed the Early Years provision for 3 years. During this period she was also instrumental in setting up and managing Robin House, a provision for 3-5 years old with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. She worked closely with Gina Davies (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and founder of the Attention Autism approachto establish and to run this. In August 2015 Ruth and Nick moved up to Suffolk to fulfil their dream of setting up a centre for children with communication difficulties, and Low Farm Therapy Centre officially opened in Spring 2016. Ruth has joined the Board of Trustees for Topcats, a local charity which provides activities and respite services for children with additional needs.

In her leisure time Ruth loves spending time with animals, particularly her dogs Paddington and Bilbo. She has a Theatre Studies and English Literature degree, and continues to love reading and theatre visits, as well as treading the boards herself in Amdram groups. She is a bit of foodie and has been very pleased to discover all the lovely local produce in Suffolk since moving here. She loves the countryside and the sea and therefore the location of Low Farm is perfect for her.


Nick Lo

Head of Operations

Nick has over ten year’s experience of working with children and young adults with special educational needs. He has undertaken a wide variety of roles at Blossom House School, including Group Leader, PE teacher, Learning Support Mentor, 1:1 Support, Travel Training Coordinator and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. He has also worked for Merton Mencap and indulged his passion for cricket by coaching professionally at the Sid Lahiri Cricket Academy in Cobham. Nick has extensive experience of organising and hosting parties, events and holiday/after school clubs for children of all ages, these have included sports, games and activities of all different varieties. This experience includes children with additional needs.

Working with children and young people with additional needs has not only provided Nick with a hugely rewarding career but it has also given him the chance to meet his wife Ruth. All of which has led to the opportunity to open the therapy centre, a source of immense pride and satisfaction to Nick.

Alongside his work for the therapy centre, Nick also runs a holiday business based on another part of Low Farm. Currently there are 4 self-catering holiday cottages all with shared use of a heated indoor swimming pool. During Winter 2017/18 Nick will be busy expanding the holiday business by building a new glamping site. This will be ready by April 2018. 

In his spare time Nick enjoys spending time relaxing with Ruth and their dog, Paddington, taking walks and the odd pub lunch along the way. His other passion in life is sport. He is an avid cricket fan and continues to play league cricket on a regular basis. He follows almost any sport but his particular passion is for Arsenal and the England Cricket and Rugby teams. When time allows he will also be seen slicing his way around the local golf courses.

Nick also enjoys spending time with his family and is eternally grateful for the love and support of his parents, particularly when going through the process of setting up the therapy centre.


Sarah Baillie

(BScHons, BA Hons, RCSLT, HCPC) –  Speech and Language Therapist

Sarah qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2007 and has worked with children from 0-18 with a range of communication needs. Sarah has worked as a speech and language therapist for over 10 years and has been a clinical supervisor and manager of a NHS team of Speech and Language therapists and assistants. She has worked as speech and language therapist for a school for children with moderate learning disabilities as well as within the community team and the diagnostic group for autism.

Sarah’s specialist area is working with school-age children with complex communication, speech disorders and learning disabilities. She has attended formal training in a number of therapeutic approaches, such as:

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)
  • Total Communication
  • The New Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme
  • Lis 'n' tell Live Inclusive Storytelling

Sarah is an accredited ELKLAN tutor and enjoys working with other professionals to share knowledge of communication development and interventions.

In her leisure time Sarah loves spending time with her family including her young son.
Sarah has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and is keen on walking and spending time outdoors exploring the local footpaths and nature with her family. Having worked in a nursery and schools, Sarah has always loved working with children and families and supporting students to reach their potential. 


Donna Churchyard
Therapy Assistant


Sharon Brown

(Bsc Hons) Independent Occupational Therapist

Donna qualified as a NNEB Nursery Nurse in 1991 and has over 26 yrs experience working with young children and their families. She spent many years working with children in mainstream schools before starting her family.

In 2004 Donna became a Community Nursery Nurse with the NHS, based with the Waveney Blyth Health Visiting Team, a job she enjoyed for over 13 yrs.

Donna’s passion has always been working with children with additional needs and in September 2017 she took on the role as Therapy Assistant at Low Farm.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her twin daughters, walking in the local countryside and coastal areas.


 

 

 

 

 

Sharon is an Independent OT with a wealth of experience. She works out of Low Farm Therapy Centre and can provide both assessment and therapeutic services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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