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Ruth Merritt


Speech and Language Therapist

  • 0ver 30 years experience in deafness

  • 12 years in Cochlear Implants

  • Medico-legal expert Witness

  • Freelance Trainer

  • Consultant

For the past 25 years, Ruth has been employed as an expert witness

Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) in medico-legal cases

and SEN Tribunals relating to children and adults with deafness, cerebral palsy

and specific language and learning disorder.

Since 2014, Ruth has worked  as an in-house consultant SLT

for a mainstream primary school with a unit for children with complex communication needs.

As a result, she has expanded her skill base in working with children a range of complex difficulties including cerebral palsy, learning disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, dyspraxia

and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties.

From 2002- 2011, Ruth was employed  as the Joint Principal SLT

at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme.

Since 1985, Ruth and 2 other colleagues, July Halden and Sarah Beazley,

set up CSD Consultants and have developed and taught

two of the key postgraduate courses for SLTS working in the field of deafness:

Working with d/Deaf People: Part 1 and Working with d/Deaf People: Part 2.

During the recent pandemic these courses have been converted into an exciting 5 Module course

offered via a remote platform to suit the individual therapists needs. 

In 1982, Ruth qualified as an SLT and developed her specialist skills

in the field of deafness working in a range of schools, clinic and hospital settings

including teaching at City University, University College London and Greenwich University

as a clinical tutor and lecturer in the specialist area of deafness