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Meet the expert: Janet Cooper

Janet Cooper is programme manager for Stoke Speaks Out, a multiagency City-wide programme to tackle the underlying issues of language delay in Stoke-on-Trent. She was also on the judging panel for Shine a Light Awards 2013/14.

Janet CooperWhere/what did you study and what are your qualifications?

BSc Hons degree in speech/language pathology and therapeutics at Birmingham City University. 


Professional experience?

26 years experience of working as a paediatric speech and language therapist in Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire. Specialist in developmental speech, language and communication difficulties. Consultancy to a number of local authorities and health trusts. 


What are your current projects?

Stoke Speaks Out programme manager (multiagency City wide programme to tackle the underlying issues of language delay in Stoke on Trent) 

Stoke Reads programme manager - initiative to develop schools as 'hubs' of good practice to engage children and families in early reading and improve literacy results. 


Who have you worked with?

I have worked with a number of Health Trusts, Education Authorities/Local Authorities. I have represented the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists on a number of National Forums - most recently Public Health England. I was on the operations group for the 'Hello' campaign. I have been a judge for the Pearson Shine a Light Awards for the past 2 years. I have published a book with Practical Pre-school called 'The early years communication handbook' and written lesson plans for the Pearson's Wordsmith booster packs. I was an expert witness for the review conducted by Lord Ramsbotham on the links between social deprivation and SLCN. 


What inspired you to get into this field?

I have a passion for working with people and a passion for talking so this field is perfect for me!! This job involves problem solving and seeing the bigger picture which satisfies my logical mind. 


If you weren't an expert in your field, what would you be?

I would probably still work with people - perhaps a teacher of children with special needs. 


What do you do away from work?

I have a fairly active life - skiing, dancing, playing squash and walking. I love spending time with family and friends. 


Quick Questions:

What's your favourite book, and why?

Tess of the D'Urbervilles as it is such a fantastic story, well written and timeless.


What's your favourite album, and why?

Celine Dion Greatest Hits - great for singing along to!!


Who's your favourite musician/composer/singer, and why?

Currently Ed Sheeran - he has worked so hard to make it in the music industry. His songs are easy listening and lots of different styles. 


Whom do you most admire, and why?

My mum who cares full time for my dad and still has a smile on her face.


Date Posted: July 25, 2014 | Last Updated: July 25, 2014

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